Ketchum, Rufus Loyd, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Field Artillery
Last Primary MOS
3666-Medical Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1950, 3666, 57th Field Artillery Battalion/HHB
Service Years
1945 - 1950

Sergeant First Class

One Service Stripe

One Overseas Service Bar

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Temple, TX

Casualty Date
Dec 06, 1950
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Court 6

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1995, Korean War Fallen6

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Medical 1st Award

 Unit Assignments
7th Infantry Division57th Field Artillery Battalion
  1950-1950, 3666, 7th Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 3666, 57th Field Artillery Battalion/HHB
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Defensive (1950)
  1950-1950 Korean War/CCF Intervention (1950-51)/Chosin Reservoir (Battle of Changjin)
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Sgt. 1st Class Rufus L. Ketchum was a medic with the Medical Detachment, Division Artillery, 7th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while tending his wounded comrades in North Korea on December 6, 1950. His remains were not recovered at the time. Through the work of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA), the remains of Sgt. 1st Class Rufus L. Ketchum were accounted for on April 24, 2018. His name is permanently inscribed in the "Courts of the Missing" (Court 6) at the Honolulu Memorial.

For his leadership and valor, Sergeant First Class Ketchum was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Ribbon, the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Medical Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.

Source: American Battle Monuments Commission & DPAA

General Headquarters Far East Command: General Orders No. 274 (December 2, 1951)

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Rufus Lloyd Ketchum (ASN: RA-18103207), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 57th Field Artillery Battalion, 7th Infantry Division. Sergeant Ketchum distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of the Changjin (Chosin) Reservoir in North Korea during the period 28 through 30 November 1950. After the numerically superior enemy attacked and surrounded elements of the battalion and isolated the medical officer, Sergeant Ketchum assumed charge of the aidmen and, after establishing a collection point and an aid station in a native house, he moved fearlessly about the impact area in full view and under direct enemy fire to minister to and evacuate the wounded. Constantly vulnerable to vicious hostile fire, he supervised the search for blankets, sleeping bags, and parachutes to protect his patients from the bitter cold and foraged for coffee and other material comforts to meliorate their condition. Upon being ordered to withdraw, Sergeant Ketchum directed and assisted in placing the disabled in vehicles to form a motor convoy. Enemy fire was continuous and intense, and the progress of the column further impeded by a blinding snow storm, icy roads, and rugged mountainous terrain. After several vehicles were immobilized by hostile fire, Sergeant Ketchum directed transferal of the wounded to serviceable vehicles, and when the advance was halted by an enemy road block and withering fire rained down on the convoy from the surrounding hills wounding him in the chest and left arm, he continued to treat the injured. Sergeant Ketchum was last seen with his arm in a sling and, despite his painful wounds, administering a syrette of morphine to a wounded comrade.

Source: The Hall of Valor Project
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