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Reginald B. Desiderio
Birth: Sep. 12, 1918
Clairton
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 27, 1950

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army, Commanding Officer, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism at Ipsok, Korea. His official CMOH citation reads as follows: Capt. Desiderio distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. His company was given the mission of defending the command post of a task force against an enemy breakthrough. After personal reconnaissance during darkness and under intense enemy fire, he placed his men in defensive positions to repel an attack. Early in the action he was wounded, but refused evacuation and despite enemy fire continued to move among his men checking their positions and making sure that each element was prepared to receive the next attack. Again wounded, he continued to direct his men. By his inspiring leadership he encouraged them to hold their position. In the subsequent fighting when the fanatical enemy succeeded in penetrating the position, he personally charged them with carbine, rifle, and grenades, inflicting many casualties until he himself was mortally wounded. His men, spurred on by his intrepid example,repelled this final attack. Capt. Desiderio's heroic leadership, courageous and loyal devotion to duty, and his complete disregard for personal safety reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army. Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, commanding officer, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Ipsok, Korea, 27 November 1950. Entered service at: Gilroy, Calif. Born: 12 September 1918, Clairton, Pa. G.O. No.: 58, 2 August 1951. 
 
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  Patricia Jean Desiderio (1924 - 1996)*
 
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Burial:
San Francisco National Cemetery
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA
Plot: Section OS, Row 128, Grave 20 (in the first row of Section OS)
 
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Record added: Dec 23, 2002
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Rest in peace.
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