Schoonover, Daniel Dwain, Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
3729-Combat Construction Specialist
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1953-1953, 3729, 7th Infantry Division
Service Years
1952 - 1953

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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1933
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Boise
Last Address
Boise, Idaho

Casualty Date
Jul 10, 1953
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Korea, North
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Remains Not Recovered, Korea
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cenotaph Court of the Missing, Hawaii

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
13th Engineer Battalion7th Infantry Division
  1953-1953, 3729, 13th Engineer Battalion
  1953-1953, 3729, 7th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1953-1953 Korean War/Korean Summer (1953)
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Last Known Activity

Cpl. Daniel Dwain Schoonover served with A Company 13th Combat Engineer Battalion, 7th Infantry Division

On 8 July 1953-10 July 1953, near Sokkagae, North Korea, his unit was engaged in combat against the enemy on Hill 255 (Pork Chop Hill).  He was killed while performing outstanding and heroic actions.  He went missing, and remains MIA.



Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company A, 13th Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 8 to 10 July 1953.
G.O. No.: 5, 14 January 1955.

Citation:

Cpl. Schoonover, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He was in charge of an engineer demolition squad attached to an infantry company which was committed to dislodge the enemy from a vital hill.

Realizing that the heavy fighting and intense enemy fire made it impossible to carry out his mission, he voluntarily employed his unit as a rifle squad and, forging up the steep barren slope, participated in the assault on hostile positions. When an artillery round exploded on the roof of an enemy bunker, he courageously ran forward and leaped into the position, killing 1 hostile infantryman and taking another prisoner.

Later in the action, when friendly forces were pinned down by vicious fire from another enemy bunker, he dashed through the hail of fire, hurled grenades in the nearest aperture, then ran to the doorway and emptied his pistol, killing the remainder of the enemy. His brave action neutralized the position and enabled friendly troops to continue their advance to the crest of the hill. When the enemy counterattacked he constantly exposed himself to the heavy bombardment to direct the fire of his men and to call in an effective artillery barrage on hostile forces.

Although the company was relieved early the following morning, he voluntarily remained in the area, manned a machine gun for several hours, and subsequently joined another assault on enemy emplacements.

When last seen he was operating an automatic rifle with devastating effect until mortally wounded by artillery fire.

Cpl. Schoonover's heroic leadership during 2 days of heavy fighting, superb personal bravery, and willing self-sacrifice inspired his comrades and saved many lives, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the honored traditions of the military service.
   
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