Medal of Honor Cpl. Red Cloud Jr.

© Photographed August 31 and September 1, 2015
Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin
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Cpl. Red Cloud Jr.
Co. E. 19th Inf. Reg.
24th Infantry Div.
United States Army

The President of the United States
in the name of the Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Red Cloud, Mitchell, Jr.

Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company E, 19th Infantry
Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Place and Date: Near Chonghyon, Korea
5 November 1950. Entered service at: Merrillan Wis. Born: 2 July 1924, Hatfield, Wis.
G.O. No.: 26, 25 April 1951.

Cpl. Red Cloud, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. From his position on the point of a ridge immediately in front of the company command post he was the first to detect the approach of the Chinese Communist forces and give the alarm as the enemy charged from a brush-covered area less than 100 feet from him. Springing up, he delivered devastating pointblank automatic rifle fire into the advancing enemy. His accurate and intense fire checked this assault and gained time for the company to consolidate its defense. With utter fearlessness he maintained his firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing assistance he pulled himself to his feet and, wrapping his arm around a tree, continued his deadly fire again, until he was fatally wounded. This heroic act stopped the enemy from overrunning his company's position and gained time for reorganization and evacuation of the wounded. Cpl. Red Cloud's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
The memorial is located at Jackson County Veterans Park on southbound County Highway R, south of its intersection with Melrose Street / Wisconsin Highway 54, Black River Falls, Wisconsin 54615.

Click here to see all memorials at Jackson County Veterans Park.

This image of Cpl. Red Cloud is in the public domain.

The memorial is at the base of the American flag pole.

The memorial is located at Jackson County Veterans Park.

The memorial is located in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

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