Goodblood, Clair E., Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Primary MOS
4812-Heavy Machine Gunner
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 4812, 7th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1947 - 1951

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Burnham, Maine

Casualty Date
Apr 25, 1951
Hostile, Died
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

3rd Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Division7th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1951, 4812, 3rd Infantry Division
  1950-1951, 4812, 7th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Evacuation of Hungnam
  1950-1953 Korean War1
  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

"Native American Medal of Honor"
Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Corporal Clair Goodblood, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Popsu-dong, Korea, on 24 and 25 April 1951.

Corporal Goodblood, a machine gunner, was attached to Company B in defensive positions on thickly wooded key terrain under attack by a ruthless foe. In bitter fighting which ensued, the numerically superior enemy infiltrated the perimeter, rendering the friendly positions untenable. Upon order to move back, Corporal Goodblood voluntarily remained to cover the withdrawal and, constantly vulnerable to heavy fire, inflicted withering destruction on the assaulting force.

Seeing a grenade lobbed at his position, he shoved his assistant to the ground and flinging himself upon the soldier attempted to shield him. Despite his valorous act both men were wounded. Rejecting aid for himself, he ordered the ammunition bearer to evacuate the injured man for medical treatment. He fearlessly maintained his one-man defense, sweeping the onrushing assailants with fire until an enemy banzai charge carried the hill and silenced his gun.

When friendly elements regained the commanding ground, Corporal Goodblood's body was found lying beside his gun and approximately 100 hostile dead lay in the wake of his field of fire. Through his unflinching courage and willing self-sacrifice the onslaught was retarded, enabling his unit to withdraw, regroup, and re-secure the strongpoint.

Corporal Goodblood's inspirational conduct and devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and are in keeping with the noble traditions of the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 14 (February 1, 1952)
Action Date: April 24 & 25, 1951
Service: Army
Rank: Corporal
Company: Company D
Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment
Division: 3d Infantry Division

Cpl. Goodblood had prior service in the Army from April 1947 to March 1950.  He reenlisted in June 1950 when the Korean War broke out.
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