Bleak, David, Sgt

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Last Rank
Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
3666-Medical Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1954, 40th Infantry Division
Service Years
1950 - 1956
Sergeant


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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1932
 
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Last Address
IDAHO FALLS

Date of Passing
Mar 23, 2006
 
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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor

to

 BLEAK, DAVID B.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Medical Company 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. Place and date: Vicinity of Minari-gol, Korea, 14 June 1952. Entered service at: Shelley, Idaho. Born: 27 February 1932, Idaho Falls, Idaho. G.O. No.: 83, 2 November 1953.

Citation:
Sgt. Bleak, a member of the medical company, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. As a medical aidman, he volunteered to accompany a reconnaissance patrol committed to engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged slope of the key terrain, the group was subjected to intense automatic weapons and small arms fire and suffered several casualties. After administering to the wounded, he continued to advance with the patrol. Nearing the military crest of the hill, while attempting to cross the fire-swept area to attend the wounded, he came under hostile fire from a small group of the enemy concealed in a trench. Entering the trench he closed with the enemy, killed 2 with bare hands and a third with his trench knife. Moving from the emplacement, he saw a concussion grenade fall in front of a companion and, quickly shifting his position, shielded the man from the impact of the blast. Later, while ministering to the wounded, he was struck by a hostile bullet but, despite the wound, he undertook to evacuate a wounded comrade. As he moved down the hill with his heavy burden, he was attacked by 2 enemy soldiers with fixed bayonets. Closing with the aggressors, he grabbed them and smacked their heads together, then carried his helpless comrade down the hill to safety. Sgt. Bleak's dauntless courage and intrepid actions reflect utmost credit upon himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.

   
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 Unit Assignments
40th Infantry Division
  1951-1954, 1st Battalion, 223rd Regiment /HHC
  1951-1954, 40th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
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