Richard G. Wilson-Cape Girardeau, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 37° 20.616 W 089° 35.640
16S E 270217 N 4136146
Quick Description: Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient for action in Opari, Korea on October 21, 1950. He was killed in action. He is buried in Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery, Cape Girardeau, MO in Section 6, Lot 215.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 1/12/2018 5:01:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMXH2X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
He was born on August 19, 1931 in Marion, IL and died on October 21, 1950 in North Korea. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *WILSON, RICHARD G.
• Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Co. 1, Medical Company, 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment.
• Place and date: Opari, Korea, 21 October 1950.
• Entered service at: Cape Girardeau Mo.
• G.O. No.: 64, 2 August 1951.
Citation: Pfc. Wilson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. As medical aid man attached to Company I, he accompanied the unit during a reconnaissance in force through the hilly country near Opari. The main body of the company was passing through a narrow valley flanked on 3 sides by high hills when the enemy laid down a barrage of mortar, automatic-weapons and small-arms fire. The company suffered a large number of casualties from the intense hostile fire while fighting its way out of the ambush. Pfc. Wilson proceeded at once to move among the wounded and administered aid to them oblivious of the danger to himself, constantly exposing himself to hostile fire. The company commander ordered a withdrawal as the enemy threatened to encircle and isolate the company. As his unit withdrew Private Wilson assisted wounded men to safety and assured himself that none were left behind. After the company had pulled back he learned that a comrade previously thought dead had been seen to be moving and attempting to crawl to safety. Despite the protests of his comrades, unarmed and facing a merciless enemy, Pfc. Wilson returned to the dangerous position in search of his comrade. Two days later a patrol found him lying beside the man he returned to aid. He had been shot several times while trying to shield and administer aid to the wounded man. Pfc. Wilson's superb personal bravery, consummate courage and willing self-sacrifice for his comrades reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the military service.
Armed Service: Army

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