Black River Falls Field of Honor: Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr.

Photographed September 6, 2013
Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin
44.297267, -90.846948
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Cpl. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.
(US Marine Corps & US Army)
Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. was born on July 2, 1924 near Hatfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Mitchell and Nellie RedCloud.

During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945. At the age of 16 he served with the Carlson Raiders in the Pacific. In 1948 he enlisted in the Army and was serving during the Korean War when he was killed in action on Nov. 5, 1950. He is buried in the Decorah Cemetery near Black River Falls, Wi.

Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. received nine medals for his service in World War II and the Korean War. One of those medals, the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor the United States of America awards to individuals, was awarded to him posthumously for his heroic actions during hostile fire. Even though he was mortally wounded, RedCloud repeatedly returned fire and thereby distracted the enemy. His courageous action saved the lives of many members of his unit.


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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: Merrilan Wis. Born: 2 July 1924, Hatfield, Wis. G.O. No.: 26, 25 April 1951. 
Medal of Honor Citation:
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.

 One entrance to the parking lot.

Another entrance to the parking lot.

View of the Field of Honor from the parking lot.

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