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Richard Keith Sorenson

World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. A native of Anoka, Minnesota, Sorenson served as a Private in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, 4th Marine Division. Sorenson was awarded his Medal of Honor for action at Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll Marshall Islands, on February 1-2, 1944. Sorenson's citation reads: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with an assault battalion attached to the 4th Marine Division during the battle of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1-2 February 1944. Putting up a brave defense against a particularly violent counterattack by the enemy during invasion operations, Pvt. Sorenson and 5 other marines occupying a shellhole were endangered by a Japanese grenade thrown into their midst. Unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Pvt. Sorenson hurled himself upon the deadly weapon, heroically taking the full impact of the explosion. As a result of his gallant action, he was severely wounded, but the lives of his comrades were saved. His great personal valor and exceptional spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service."

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  • Added: 14 Oct 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9595235
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Keith Sorenson (28 Aug 1924–9 Oct 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9595235, citing Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .