Harold E. Wilson

Harold E. Wilson

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Chief Warrant Officer Harold Edward 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......
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