Sad news to report today with the passing of a hero. Medal of Honor recipient Einar Ingman passed away today in Irma, Wisconsin at the age of 85.Ingman was a corporal serving with Company E of the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division during the Korean war when he took part in the action that resulted in his medal. He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman in a ceremony at the White House on July 5, 1951.Here is his Medal of Honor citation:
CITATION:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action while serving with Company E, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Maltari, Korea, on 26 February 1951. The two leading squads of the assault platoon of his company, while attacking a strongly fortified ridge held by the enemy, were pinned down by withering fire and both squad leaders and several men were wounded. Corporal Ingman assumed command, reorganized and combined the two squads, then moved from one position to another, designating fields of fire and giving advice and encouragement to the men. Locating an enemy machinegun position that was raking his men with devastating fire he charged it alone, threw a grenade into the position, and killed the remaining crew with rifle fire. Another enemy machinegun opened fire approximately 15 yards away and inflicted additional casualties to the group and stopped the attack. When Corporal Ingman charged the second position he was hit by grenade fragments and a hail of fire which seriously wounded him about the face and neck and knocked him to the ground. With incredible courage and stamina, he arose instantly and, using only his rifle, killed the entire guncrew before falling unconscious from his wounds. As a result of the singular action by Corporal Ingman the defense of the enemy was broken, his squad secured its objective, and more than 100 hostile troops abandoned their weapons and fled in disorganized retreat. Corporal Ingman’s indomitable courage, extraordinary heroism, and superb leadership reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the infantry and the United States Army.
We have lost a hero. You might not have known who Einar Ingman was while he was alive, but now that you have read this, you know who he was and what kind of a hero he was. Now, he won't be forgotten.Rest in Peace Buffalo.[mwi-cat-listing cat="94" ppp="4" cols="4" desc="false" type="view" btn_color="black" ]