Dressler, William Edwin, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
1193-Field Artillery Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Field Artillery (Officer)
Primary Unit
1949-1950, 1193, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion
Service Years
1938 - 1950

Field Artillery

Lieutenant Colonel

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Jul 14, 1950
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
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24th Infantry Division

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Korean War Fallen
  1950, Korean War Fallen1

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
U.S. Army63rd Field Artillery Battalion
  1944-1944, 602nd Field Artillery Battalion
  1949-1950, 1193, 63rd Field Artillery Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Virginia Military Institute
  1934-1938, Virginia Military Institute1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Lt. Col. Dressler was born on October 11, 1915 in Virginia. He was a graduate of VMI. He died on July 14, 1951.

Cpl. McCall was born 7 May1929 in Oklahoma. He died on July 14, 1950.

Lt. Col.  Dressler was a decorated World War 2 veteran. During the Korean War he was the commanding officer of the 63rd Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. Corporal Edward L. McCall was his driver.

On July 14, 1950, the 63rd was outnumbered and overrun by North Korean forces near the Kum River in South Korea. The 63rd suffered heavy losses. Dressler and McCall were last seen during the heavy fighting. Their remains were not found until two years later. They were found in a two man foxhole. Both families decided Dressler and McCall should be buried together. 

For his leadership and valor, Lt. Co.. Dressler was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation, the Republic of Korea War Service Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He was interred in Spring Creek Cemetery, Darlington Heights, Virginia.

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Major (Field Artillery) William E. Dressler, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of the 63d Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, in action on 14 July 1950, at the Kuegang River, north of Taejon, Korea. During the day of 14 July 1950, the battalion was engaged in a firing mission on the enemy across the Kum-gang River.

At approximately 1430, Headquarters Battery was surprised by an attack from three sided by enemy infantry. Major Dressler, then Battalion Executive Officer displayed complete disregard for his personal safety and directed the action of the Battalion Command Post and Headquarters Battery. Although there was heavy machine gun and mortar fire in the Command Post area, Major Dressler went from one section to the other encouraging and directing fire on the enemy. He started an orderly withdrawal and destruction of all equipment that could not be withdrawn. He was last seen aiding the wounded and directing stragglers to safety when the Battalion Command Post area was completely overrun by the enemy.

This conspicuous act of gallantry on the part of Major Dressler reflects the highest possible credit on himself and the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 107 (August 22, 1950) Action Date: July 14, 1950
Service: Army
Rank: Major
Battalion: 63d Field Artillery Battalion
Division: 24th Infantry Division
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