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Edward C. Krzyzowski (January 16, 1914 - September 3, 1951) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on August 31, September 1, September 2, and September 3, 1951. He served with Company B, 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division.
Captain Krzyowski was buried at Resurrection Catholic Cemeteries and Mausoleums in Justice, Illinois. He was survived by his wife Marcella (nee McKnolly) Krzyzowski who lived to the age of 90 (2012) and several children.
At Yongsan Garrison, Seoul, South Korea there is an officer housing area named after Captain Krzyzowski along with a memorial marker that contains the information and citation from his Medal of Honor.
Capt. Krzyzowski was also served as a Soldier during World War II.
Medal of Honor Citation:
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division
Place and date: Near Tondul, Korea, from August 31, to September 3, 1951
G.O. No.: 56, June 12, 1952.
Capt. Krzyzowski, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy as commanding officer of Company B. Spearheading an assault against strongly defended Hill 700, his company came under vicious crossfire and grenade attack from enemy bunkers. Creeping up the fire-swept hill, he personally eliminated 1 bunker with his grenades and wiped out a second with carbine fire. Forced to retire to more tenable positions for the night, the company, led by Capt. Krzyzowski, resumed the attack the following day, gaining several hundred yards and inflicting numerous casualties. Overwhelmed by the numerically superior hostile force, he ordered his men to evacuate the wounded and move back. Providing protective fire for their safe withdrawal, he was wounded again by grenade fragments, but refused evacuation and continued to direct the defense. On September 3, he led his valiant unit in another assault which overran several hostile positions, but again the company was pinned down by murderous fire. Courageously advancing alone to an open knoll to plot mortar concentrations against the hill, he was killed instantly by an enemy sniper's fire. Capt. Krzyzowski's consummate fortitude, heroic leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice, so clearly demonstrated throughout 3 days of bitter combat, reflect the highest credit and lasting glory on himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.
Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War
SYNOPSIS: Captain (Infantry) Edward C. Krzyzowski (ASN: 0-1310728), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy in Korea, while serving with Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, on 24 May 1951.
General Orders: Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 160 (1951)
Action Date: May 24, 1951
Company: Company B
Regiment: 9th Infantry Regiment
Division: 2d Infantry Division