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Ralph E. Pomeroy
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Medal of Honor recipient Ralph Pomeroy
Born (1930-03-26)March 26, 1930
Died October 15, 1952(1952-10-15) (aged 22)
Place of birth Quinwood, West Virginia
Place of death Near Kumhwa, Korea
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Private First Class
Unit Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division

Korean War

Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

Ralph Eugene Pomeroy (March 26, 1930 – October 15, 1952) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions on October 15, 1952.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Kumhwa, Korea, October 15, 1952

Entered service at: Quinwood, West Virginia Born: March 26, 1930, Quinwood, West Virginia G.O. No.: 97, December 30, 1953


Pfc. Pomeroy, a machine gunner with Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his comrades were consolidating on a key terrain feature, he manned a machine gun at the end of a communication trench on the forward slope to protect the platoon flank and prevent a surprise attack. When the enemy attacked through a ravine leading directly to his firing position, he immediately opened fire on the advancing troops inflicting a heavy toll in casualties and blunting the assault. At this juncture the enemy directed intense concentrations of artillery and mortar fire on his position in an attempt to neutralize his gun. Despite withering fire and bursting shells, he maintained his heroic stand and poured crippling fire into the ranks of the hostile force until a mortar burst severely wounded him and rendered the gun mount inoperable. Quickly removing the hot, heavy weapon, he cradled it in his arms and, moving forward with grim determination, raked the attacking forces with a hail of fire. Although wounded a second time he pursued his relentless course until his ammunition was expended within 10 feet of the foe and then, using the machine gun as a club, he courageously closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until mortally wounded. Pfc. Pomeroy's consummate valor, inspirational actions and supreme sacrifice enabled the platoon to contain the attack and maintain the integrity of the perimeter, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the noble traditions of the military service.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ""RALPH E. POMEROY" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Korean War. United States Army Center of Military History. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 


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