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Sgt William Russell Jecelin

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Sgt William Russell Jecelin

  • Birth 26 May 1930 Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Death 19 Sep 1950 South Korea
  • Burial Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA
  • Plot X - 102 - C
  • Memorial ID 7116352

Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Platoon Sergeant in Company C, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action near Saga, Korea on September 1950 and was killed in action. His citation reads in part "Again he (Sgt. Jacelin) rallied his men and stormed the enemy strongpoint. With fixed bayonets they charged into the face of antitank fire and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. After clubbing and slashing this force into submission the platoon was forced to take cover from direct frontal fire of a self-propelled gun. Refusing to be stopped he leaped to his feet and through sheer personal courage and fierce determination led his men in a new attack. At this instant a well-camouflaged enemy soldier threw a grenade at the remaining members of the platoon. He immediately lunged and covered the grenade with his body, absorbing the full force of the explosion to save those around him."

Bio by: Don Morfe

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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 25 Jan 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7116352
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William Russell Jecelin (26 May 1930–19 Sep 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7116352, citing Bohemian Cemetery, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .