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Richard David De Wert
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Richard D. De Wert, Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1931-11-17)November 17, 1931
Died April 5, 1951(1951-04-05) (aged 19)
Place of birth Taunton, Massachusetts
Place of death North Korea
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1948 - 1951
Rank Hospitalman
Unit 1st Marine Division
2nd Battalion, 7th Marines
Battles/wars Korean War
*Battle of Inchon
*Second Battle of Seoul
*Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Awards Medal of Honor

Richard David De Wert (November 17, 1931 – April 5, 1951) was a hospital corpsman of the United States Navy who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the Korean War.


Richard De Wert was born on November 17, 1931 in Taunton, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1948. Following recruit training and Hospital Corps training at NS Great Lakes, Illinois, he was assigned to the Naval Hospital at Portsmouth, Virginia, during 1949-1950. In July 1950, he joined the Fleet Marine Force and soon sailed for the Far East to take part in the Korean War. Landing with the First Marine Division at Inchon in September 1950, Hospitalman De Wert participated in operations to liberate the city of Seoul. During the rest of 1950, he was involved in the landings at Wonsan, the Chosin Reservoir Campaign and the Hungnam Evacuation.

In 1951, Hospitalman De Wert served with the Marines as they cleared North Korean guerrillas from rural areas of South Korea and as they helped drive the enemy beyond the Thirty-Eighth Parallel. On April 5, 1951, while with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines during an attack on Chinese Communist forces, De Wert persistently, and in spite of his own wounds, moved through fire-swept ground to aid fallen Marines. He was killed in action while administering first aid to an injured comrade.


The frigate USS De Wert (FFG-45) was named in honor of Hospitalman De Wert.

A clinic in Newport, Rhode Island was named after DeWert on September 17, 2004.

The clinic at the Marine Cold Weather Base in Bridgeport, California was named for DeWert in October 2004.[citation needed]

A scholarship fund at Pepperdine University has been named for DeWert.

Dewert Ave in Taunton, MA is named in his honor.

Awards and decorationsEdit

De Wert's awards include:

Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor
Purple Heart BAR.svg Purple Heart

Medal of Honor citationEdit


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a[n] HC, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When a fire team from the point platoon of his company was pinned down by a deadly barrage of hostile automatic weapons fire and suffered many casualties, HC Dewert rushed to the assistance of 1 of the more seriously wounded and, despite a painful leg wound sustained while dragging the stricken marine to safety, steadfastly refused medical treatment for himself and immediately dashed back through the fireswept area to carry a second wounded man out of the line of fire. Undaunted by the mounting hail of devastating enemy fire, he bravely moved forward a third time and received another serious wound in the shoulder after discovering that a wounded marine had already died. Still persistent in his refusal to submit to first aid,he resolutely answered the call of a fourth stricken comrade and, while rendering medical assistance, was himself mortally wounded by a burst of enemy fire. His courageous initiative, great personal valor, and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds reflect the highest credit upon HC Dewert and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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