Chief Warrant Officer Harold Edward Wilson
- For other persons with this name, see Harold Wilson .
(December 5, 1921 – March 29, 1998) was a United States Marine
who earned the United States
’ military highest award, the Medal of Honor
, for heroism as a platoon sergeant of a rifle platoon in Korea
on the night of 23-April 24, 1951. He received the award from President Harry S. Truman
during ceremonies at the White House
on April 11, 1952.
Wounded four times during the night-long battle, he refused medical treatment to rally his men against overwhelming Communist
forces. With both arms virtually disabled, he continued to pass ammunition to the hard-pressed Marines and moved from foxhole
to foxhole aiding and encouraging his men. When the assault was finally broken, he personally accounted for each of his men before walking a half mile unassisted to an aid station.
A month earlier, he had earned the Bronze Star
for “fearless and untiring leadership” of his platoon in several engagements from 1-March 27, 1951. He had been wounded previously on December 9, 1950 during the Chosin Reservoir campaign
Marine Corps service
Harold Edward Wilson was born on December 5, 1921 in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended public schools there. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve
and was assigned to active duty on April 20, 1942. During World War II
, he served overseas for 27 months and was stationed on Midway Island
. In addition to his Pacific service, he was stationed at......