Monday, May 31, 2010

Medal of Honor Monday: Clinton M. Hedrick

"He displayed extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action on 27 – March 28, 1945, in Germany. Following an airborne landing near Wesel, his unit was assigned as the assault platoon for the assault on Lembeck.  Three times the landing elements were pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire from strongly defended positions.  Each time, T/Sgt. Hedrick fearlessly charged through heavy fire, shooting his automatic rifle from his hip.  His courageous action so inspired his men that they reduced the enemy positions in rapid succession.  When 6 of the enemy attempted a surprise, flanking movement, he quickly turned and killed the entire party with a burst of fire.  Later, the enemy withdrew across a moat into Lembeck Castle.  T/Sgt. Hedrick, with utter disregard for his own safety, plunged across the drawbridge alone in pursuit.  When a German soldier, with hands upraised, declared the garrison wished to surrender, he entered the castle yard with 4 of his men to accept the capitulation.  The group moved through a sally port, and was met by fire from a German self-propelled gun.  Although mortally wounded, T/Sgt. Hedrick fired at the enemy gun and covered the withdrawal of his comrades.  He died while being evacuated after the castle was taken.  His great personal courage and heroic leadership contributed in large measure to the speedy capture of Lembeck and provided an inspiring example to his comrades." 

From T/Sgt. Hedrick's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on October 19, 1945.
May you be at peace,

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