Technical Sergeant Harold E. Wilson

Technical Sergeant
Co. G, 3rd Battalion
1st Marines
1st Marine Division
Korean Conflict
23-14 April 1951
Technical Sergeant Harold E. Wilson

CITATION: “For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as platoon sergeant of a rifle platoon attached to Company G, Third Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division (reinforced), in action against Enemy Aggressor forces in Korea on the night of 23-24 April 1951. Although twice wounded by gunfire, in the right arm and the left leg, he refused medical aid for himself and continued to move about among his men, shouting words of encouragement. After receiving further wounds in the head and shoulder as the attack increased in intensity, he again insisted upon remaining with his unit. Unable to use either arm to fire, and with mounting casualties among our forces, he resupplied his men with rifles and ammunition taken from the wounded, until blown off his feet by the bursting of a hostile mortar round in his face. Dazed and suffering from concussion, he still refused medical aid and, despite weakness from loss of blood, moved from foxhole to foxhole, directing fire, resupplying ammunition, rendering first aid and encouraging his men. By his heroic actions in the face of almost certain death, when the unit’s ability to hold the disadvantageous position was doubtful, he instilled confidence in his troops, inspiring them to rally repeatedly and turn back the furious assaults. At dawn, after the final attack had been repulsed, he personally accounted for each man in his platoon before walking unassisted one-half mile to the aid station where he submitted to treatment. His outstanding courage, initiative and skilled leadership in the face of overwhelming odds were contributing factors in the success of his company’s mission and reflect the highest credit upon Technical Sergeant Wilson and the United States Marine Corps.”

In addition to the Medal of Honor Sergeant Wilson holds:

Bronze Star with Combat “V” - Purple Heart -
Gold Star - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign -
American Campaign - World War II Victory -
Korean Service with Bronze Star -
United Nations Service .

He was promoted to master sergeant. The Medal of Honor was placed around his neck by President Harry S. Truman in person at the White House. He served overseas 27 months in World War II before being recalled to service for the Korean Conflict.

Sergeant Wilson was born and reared in Birmingham, where he attended school, and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. In 1952 he married the former Julia Sawls and they have two sons. He is still serving in the Marine Corps with the rank of commissioned Warrant Officer.

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