Collier, John Walton, Cpl

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry
Service Years
1950 - 1950


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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Worthington, Kentucky
Last Address
Chindong-ni, Korea

Casualty Date
Sep 19, 1950
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 12, Grave 4637

 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyMedal of Honor Recipients
  1950, Korean War Fallen
  1951, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  1951, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
27th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1950, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)/Battle of Pusan Perimeter
  1950-1950 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the Korean War in the United States Army as a Corporal in Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Chindong-ni, Korea, on September 19, 1950. His citation reads "Cpl. Collier, Company C, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While engaged in an assault on a strategic ridge strongly defended by a fanatical enemy, the leading elements of his company encountered intense automatic weapons and grenade fire. Cpl. Collier and 3 comrades volunteered and moved forward to neutralize an enemy machine gun position which was hampering the company's advance, but they were twice repulsed. On the third attempt, Cpl. Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades, assaulted and destroyed the machine gun nest, killing at least 4 enemy soldiers. As he returned down the rocky, fire-swept hill and joined his squad, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting a warning to his comrades, he, selflessly and unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade and smothered its explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades from death or injury. Cpl. Collier's supreme, personal bravery, consummate gallantry, and noble self-sacrifice reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service." His Medal was posthumously issued on August 2, 1951.

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