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Korean War - U.S. Army

Woodrow Wilson Keeble

  • Rank: Master Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry,
    24th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: October 20, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Hill 765, near Sangsan-ni, Korea

Master Sergeant Woodrow W. Keeble distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepedity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy near Sangsan-ni, Korea on 20 October 1951. On that day, Master Sergeant Keeble was an acting platoon leader for the support platoon in Company G, 19th Infantry, in the attack on Hill 765, a steep and rugged position that was well defended by the enemy. Leading the support platoon, Master Sergeant Keeble saw that the attacking elements had become pinned down on the slope by heavy enemy fire from three well-fortified and strategically placed enemy positions. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Master Sergeant Keeble dashed forward and joined the pinned-down platton. Then, hugging the ground, Master Sergeant Keeble crawled forward alone until he was in close proximity to one of the hostile machine-gun emplacements. Ignoring the heavy fire that the crew trained on him, Master Sergeant Keeble activated a grenade and threw it with great accuracy, successfully destroying the position. Continuing his one-man assault, he moved to the second enemy position and destroyed it with another grenade. Despite the fact that the enemy troops were now directing their firepower against him and unleashing a shower of grenades in a frantic attempt to stop his advance, he moved forward against the third hostile emplacement and skillfully neutralized the remaining enemy position. As his comrades moved forward to join him, Master Sergeant Keeble continued to direct accurate fire against nearby trenches, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy. Inspired by his courage, Company G successfully moved forward and seized its important objective. The exraordinary courage, selfless service, and devotion to duty displayed that day by Master Sergeant Keeble was an inspiration to all around him and reflected great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Woodrow W. Keeble
Medal of Honor Recipient Woodrow W. Keeble
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: North Dakota
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 3, 2008

    The White House by President George W. Bush

  • Born: May 16, 1917, Waubay, Day County, SD, United States
  • Died: January 28, 1982, SD, United States
  • Buried: Lake Transverse Indian Reservation Cemetery, Sisseton, SD, United States

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