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Reginald B. Desiderio
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Medal of Honor recipient Reginald Desiderio
Born (1918-09-12)September 12, 1918
Died November 27, 1950(1950-11-27) (aged 32)
Place of birth Clairton, Pennsylvania
Place of death Near Ipsok, Korea
Place of burial San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco, California
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1941 - 1950
Rank Captain
Unit Commanding Officer, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Medal of Honor
Silver Star
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Reginald B. Desiderio headstone

Desiderio's grave marker in San Francisco National Cemetery

Reginald Benjamin Desiderio [1] (September 12, 1918 – November 27, 1950) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 27, 1950.

Desiderio joined the Army from Gilroy, California in March 1941.[2] He is buried in San Francisco National Cemetery San Francisco, California.


The United States Army Reserve Center on Westminster Drive in Pasadena, California is named in his honor. The airfield at USAG Humphreys (ICAO: RKSG) in Pyongtaek, South Korea, is named in his honor.

Medal of Honor citationEdit

Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, commanding officer, Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Ipsok, Korea, November 27, 1950

Entered service at: Gilroy, Calif. Born: September 12, 1918, Clairton, Pa

G.O. No.: 58, August 2, 1951


Capt. Desiderio distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. His company was given the mission of defending the command post of a task force against an enemy breakthrough. After personal reconnaissance during darkness and under intense enemy fire, he placed his men in defensive positions to repel an attack. Early in the action he was wounded, but refused evacuation and despite enemy fire continued to move among his men checking their positions and making sure that each element was prepared to receive the next attack. Again wounded, he continued to direct his men. By his inspiring leadership he encouraged them to hold their position. In the subsequent fighting when the fanatical enemy succeeded in penetrating the position, he personally charged them with carbine, rifle, and grenades, inflicting many casualties until he himself was mortally wounded. His men, spurred on by his intrepid example, repelled this final attack. Capt. Desiderio's heroic leadership, courageous and loyal devotion to duty, and his complete disregard for personal safety reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. Hall of Valor
  2. WWII Army Enlistment Records
  3. ""REGINALD B. DESIDERIO" entry". Medal of Honor recipients: Korean War. CMH, U. S. Army. June 8, 2009. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 


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