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SGT David Bruce Bleak
Birth: Feb. 27, 1932
Idaho Falls
Bonneville County
Idaho, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 2006
Butte County
Idaho, USA

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War in the Medical Company of the 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the vicinity of Minari-gol, Korea, on June 14, 1852. His citation reads "Sgt. Bleak, a member of the medical company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. As a medical aidman, he volunteered to accompany a reconnaissance patrol committed to engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged slope of the key terrain, the group was subjected to intense automatic weapons and small arms fire and suffered several casualties. After administering to the wounded, he continued to advance with the patrol. Nearing the military crest of the hill, while attempting to cross the fire-swept area to attend the wounded, he came under hostile fire from a small group of the enemy concealed in a trench. Entering the trench he closed with the enemy, killed 2 with bare hands and a third with his trench knife. Moving from the emplacement, he saw a concussion grenade fall in front of a companion and, quickly shifting his position, shielded the man from the impact of the blast. Later, while ministering to the wounded, he was struck by a hostile bullet but, despite the wound, he undertook to evacuate a wounded comrade. As he moved down the hill with his heavy burden, he was attacked by 2 enemy soldiers with fixed bayonets. Closing with the aggressors, he grabbed them and smacked their heads together, then carried his helpless comrade down the hill to safety. Sgt. Bleak's dauntless courage and intrepid actions reflect utmost credit upon himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service". He was cremated, and his ashes were scattered. His family erected a memorial marker for him in Lost Creek Cemetery, Moore, Idaho. (bio by: Tom Denardo) 
Family links: 
  William Henry Bleak (1882 - 1952)
  Tamar Young Bleak (1893 - 1969)
  William Y Bleak (1920 - 1993)*
  Richard L Bleak (1923 - 1993)*
  Alice Amelia Bleak (1925 - 1925)*
  Persis Delight Bleak Lord (1927 - 1978)*
  David Bruce Bleak (1932 - 2006)
*Calculated relationship
Lost River Cemetery *
Butte County
Idaho, USA
Plot: Section D, Row 2, Space 1
*Cenotaph [?]
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Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Mar 29, 2006
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SGT David Bruce Bleak
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SGT David Bruce Bleak
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SGT David Bruce Bleak
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Thank you for your bravery, and love for America.
- A.N.B.
 Added: Jun. 25, 2017

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- Bennett Turk
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