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World War I - U.S. Army

Sterling Lewis Morelock

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: World War I
  • Unit/Command:
    Company M, 28th Infantry,
    1st Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 4, 1918
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Exermont, France
While his company was being held up by heavy enemy fire, Pvt. Morelock, with three other men who were acting as runners at company headquarters, voluntarily led them as a patrol in advance of his company's front line through intense rifle, artillery, and machine-gun fire and penetrated a woods which formed the German front line. Encountering a series of five hostile machine-gun nests, containing from one to five machine guns each, with his patrol he cleaned them all out, gained and held complete mastery of the situation until the arrival of his company commander with reinforcements, even though his entire party had become casualties. He rendered first aid to the injured and evacuated them by using stretcher bearers 10 German prisoners whom he had captured. Soon thereafter his company commander was wounded and while dressing his wound Pvt. Morelock was very seriously wounded in the hip, which forced his evacuation. His heroic action and devotion to duty were an inspiration to the entire regiment.
Medal of Honor Recipient Sterling L. Morelock
Medal of Honor Recipient Sterling L. Morelock
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Oquawka, Henderson County, Illinois
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Born: June 5, 1890, Silver Run, Carroll County, MD, United States
  • Died: September 1, 1964
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (35-1824), Arlington, VA, United States

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