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Ronald Eugene Rosser (October 24, 1929 – August 26, 2020) was a United States Army soldier who received the highest decoration of the United States Army, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the War of Korea.

Ronald E. Rosser Short Biography

Ronald Eugene Rosser was a United States Army soldier who received the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Korean War. Wikipedia
Born: October 24, 1929, Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: August 26, 2020
Rank: Master sergeant
Service/branch: United States Army
Awards: Army Medal of Honor
Battles and wars: Korean War, Vietnam War

Ronald E. Rosser Military service and Career

Rosser, born October 24, 1929 in Columbus, Ohio, was the oldest of seventeen siblings. He joined the United States Army in 1946 at age 17, shortly after World War II, for a three-year tour of duty. After one of his brothers was killed in the early stages of the Korean War, he re-enlisted in Crooksville, Ohio, in 1951 as a way to get revenge. Initially stationed in Japan, Rosser requested to be sent into combat and was later dispatched to Korea with the heavy mortar company of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. [two]

Rosser in 2012

On January 12, 1952, Rosser, then a corporal, acted as a forward observer with the platoon leader of Company L during an assault on a heavily fortified hill near Ponggilli. When the unit came under heavy fire, Rosser advanced three times and attacked the hostile positions alone, each time returning to friendly lines to gather more ammunition before reloading the hill. Although he was wounded himself, he helped carry the wounded soldiers to safety once a retreat became necessary. For these actions, Rosser received the Medal of Honor. [3]

Rosser returned to the United States in May 1952 and was formally awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman a month later, on June 27, 1952. [2]

On September 20, 1966, another of Rosser’s brothers, PFC Gary Edward Rosser, USMC, was killed in action, this time in the Vietnam War. Rosser applied for a combat assignment in Vietnam but was turned down and subsequently retired from the army as a sergeant major. [

 Ronald E Rosser Medal of Honor citation

The official mention of Rosser’s Medal of Honor reads:

Cpl. Rosser, distinguished himself by his conspicuous gallantry beyond the call of duty. While attacking heavily fortified enemy positions in the hills, L Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, was stopped by fierce shots from automatic weapons, small arms, artillery, and mortars. Cpl. Rosser, a forward observer, was with the platoon leader of Company L when he was attacked from 2 directions.

Cpl. Rosser handed his radio to his assistant and, ignoring enemy fire, charged into enemy positions armed only with a carbine and a grenade. In the first bunker, he silenced its occupants with a blast from his weapon. Upon reaching the top of the hill, he killed 2 enemy soldiers, then went down the trench, killing 5 more as he advanced. He then threw his grenade into a bunker and shot 2 other soldiers as they came out. Having exhausted his ammunition, he returned through enemy fire to obtain more ammunition and grenades and charged the hill once more. He asked others to follow him and attacked 2 more enemy bunkers.

Although those who tried to join him became victims, Cpl. Rosser once again used up his ammunition, obtained a new supply, and, returning to the top of the hill, fired grenades for the third time at the enemy positions. During this heroic action Cpl. Rosser single-handedly killed at least 13 enemies.

After depleting his ammunition, he accompanied the retreating platoon, and although he was wounded himself, he made several trips through open terrain still under enemy fire to help bring out other men wounded more seriously than himself. The courageous and selfless devotion to duty of this outstanding soldier is worthy of being emulated by all men. He has contributed magnificently to the high traditions of military service.

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