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CPL John Walton Collier

CPL John Walton Collier

Birth
Worthington, Greenup County, Kentucky, USA
Death 19 Sep 1950 (aged 21)
South Korea
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 12, Site 4637
Memorial ID 20728 · View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Korean War in the United States Army as a Corporal in Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Chindong-ni, Korea, on September 19, 1950. His citation reads “Cpl. Collier, Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While engaged in an assault on a strategic ridge strongly defended by a fanatical enemy, the leading elements of his company encountered intense automatic weapons and grenade fire. Cpl. Collier and 3 comrades volunteered and moved forward to neutralize an enemy machine gun position which was hampering the company's advance, but they were twice repulsed. On the third attempt, Cpl. Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades, assaulted and destroyed the machine gun nest, killing at least 4 enemy soldiers. As he returned down the rocky, fire-swept hill and joined his squad, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting a warning to his comrades, he, selflessly and unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade and smothered its explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades from death or injury. Cpl. Collier's supreme, personal bravery, consummate gallantry, and noble self-sacrifice reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service”. His Medal was posthumously issued on August 2, 1951.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL John Walton Collier (3 Apr 1929–19 Sep 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20728, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .