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Joseph R. Ouellette
Birth: May 9, 1930
Lowell
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1950, South Korea

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Ouellette served as a Private First Class, United States Army, Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service Near Yongsan, Korea, from August 31-September 3, 1950. His citation reads-Pfc. Ouellette distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in the Makioug-Chang River salient. When an enemy assault cut off and surrounded his unit he voluntarily made a reconnaissance of a nearby hill under intense enemy fire to locate friendly troop positions and obtain information of the enemy's strength and location. Finding that friendly troops were not on the hill, he worked his way back to his unit under heavy fire. Later, when an airdrop of water was made outside the perimeter, he again braved enemy fire in an attempt to retrieve water for his unit. Finding the dropped cans broken and devoid of water, he returned to his unit. His heroic attempt greatly increased his comrades' morale. When ammunition and grenades ran low, Pfc. Ouellette again slipped out of the perimeter to collect these from the enemy dead. After collecting grenades he was attacked by an enemy soldier. He killed this enemy m hand-to-hand combat, gathered up the ammunition, and returned to his unit. When the enemy attacked on 3 September, they assaulted his position with grenades. On 6 occasions Pfc. Ouellette leaped from his foxhole to escape exploding grenades. In doing so, he had to face enemy small-arms fire. He continued his resistance, despite a severe wound, until he lost his life. The extraordinary heroism and intrepidity displayed by Pfc. Ouellette reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.  (bio by: K) 
 
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Saint Joseph Cemetery
Chelmsford
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 09, 2003
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