Coursen, Samuel Streit, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1542, 1st Battalion (Rifle) 5th Cavalry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1945 - 1950


First Lieutenant

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Oct 12, 1950
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korean War
Location of Interment
U.S. Military Academy West Point Post Cemetery - West Point, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
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 Official Badges 

1st Cavalry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  2013, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
5th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Divison
  1950-1950, 1542, 1st Battalion (Rifle) 5th Cavalry Regiment/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1945-1949, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) Samuel Streit Coursen, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kaesong, Korea, on 12 October 1950.

While Company C was attacking Hill 174 under heavy enemy small-arms fire, First Lieutenant Coursen's platoon received enemy fire from close range. The platoon returned the fire and continued to advance. During this phase one his men moved into a well-camouflaged emplacement, which was thought to be unoccupied, and was wounded by the enemy who were hidden within the emplacement.

Seeing the soldier in difficulty he rushed to the man's aid and, without regard for his personal safety, engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat in an effort to protect his wounded comrade until he himself was killed. When his body was recovered after the battle seven enemy dead were found in the emplacement. As the result of First Lieutenant Coursen's violent struggle several of the enemies' heads had been crushed with his rifle. His aggressive and intrepid actions saved the life of the wounded man, eliminated the main position of the enemy roadblock, and greatly inspired the men in his command.

First Lieutenant Coursen's extraordinary heroism and intrepidity reflect the highest credit on himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 57 (August 2, 1951)
Action Date: 12-Oct-50
Service: Army
Rank: First Lieutenant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 5th Cavalry Regiment
Division: 1st Cavalry Division

Lt. Coursen left a wife and young son at his passing.
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