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Samuel Streit Coursen
Birth: Aug. 4, 1926
Madison
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1950

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Coursen served as a First Lieutenant, United States Army, Company C 5th Cavalry Regiment. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service Near Kaesong, Korea, on October 12, 1950. His citation reads-1st Lt. Coursen distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While Company C was attacking Hill 174 under heavy enemy small-arms fire, his platoon received enemy fire from close range. The platoon returned the fire and continued to advance. During this phase 1 his men moved into a well-camouflaged emplacement, which was thought to be unoccupied, and was wounded by the enemy who were hidden within the emplacement. Seeing the soldier in difficulty he rushed to the man's aid and, without regard for his personal safety, engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat in an effort to protect his wounded comrade until he himself was killed. When his body was recovered after the battle 7 enemy dead were found in the emplacement. As the result of 1st Lt. Coursen's violent struggle several of the enemies' heads had been crushed with his rifle. His aggressive and intrepid actions saved the life of the wounded man, eliminated the main position of the enemy roadblock, and greatly inspired the men in his command. 1st Lt. Coursen's extraordinary heroism and intrepidity reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service. (bio by: K) 
 
Burial:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
West Point
Orange County
New York, USA
Plot: Section VII, Row E, Grave 230
GPS (lat/lon): 41.39828, -73.96762
 
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Record added: Sep 10, 2003
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