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Korean War - U.S. Marine Corps

William Bernard Baugh

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines,
    1st Marine Division (Rein)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 29, 1950
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: along the road from Koto-ri to Hagaru-ri, Korea
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of an antitank assault squad attached to Company G, during a nighttime enemy attack against a motorized column. Acting instantly when a hostile hand grenade landed in his truck as he and his squad prepared to alight and assist in the repulse of an enemy force delivering intense automatic-weapons and grenade fire from deeply entrenched and well-concealed roadside positions, Pfc. Baugh quickly shouted a warning to the other men in the vehicle and, unmindful of his personal safety, hurled himself upon the deadly missile, thereby saving his comrades from serious injury or possible death. Sustaining severe wounds from which he died a short time afterward, Pfc. Baugh, by his superb courage and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient William B. Baugh
Medal of Honor Recipient William B. Baugh
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Harrison, Hamilton County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 27, 1952
    Dayton, Ohio, presented to parents
  • Born: July 7, 1930, McKinney, Lincoln County, KY, United States
  • Died: November 29, 1950, Korea
  • Buried: Glen Haven Cemetery (MH) (8), Harrison, OH, United States
 

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