Keeble, Woodrow Wilson, M/Sgt

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Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4761, HHC, 25th Tank Battalion, 14th Armored Division
Service Years
1941 - 1952

Master Sergeant

One Service Stripe

Nine Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
South Dakota
South Dakota
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
Waubay, South Dakota
Last Address
Sisseton, South Dakota
Buried at Sisseton Cemetery, Sisseton, South Dakota

Date of Passing
May 17, 1982
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 24th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Post 4324, Woody Keeble PostCongressional Medal Of Honor Society
  1967, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4324, Woody Keeble Post (National President) (Wahpeton, North Dakota) [Verified] - Chap. Page
  2008, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Master Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Keeble was the first Full Blooded Sioux to be Awarded the Nations Highest award, the Congresssional Medal of Honor Posthumously more than fifty Years after his heroic acts. And 26 years after his death. for the full story. Rod.

MSG. Woodrow W. Keeble, U.S.A.
Citation: Medal of Honor
War: Korean War

Master Sergeant WOODROW W. KEEBLE received the Distinguished Service Cross for his extraordinary heroism in Korea while a member of G Company, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Sergeant Keeble, at that time, was acting as a platoon leader of his company which was committed against the enemy in the vicinity of Sangsari-ni Korea. On 20 October 1951, the company was moving forward in an attack against a fanatically determined enemy force occupying positions on a steep, rocky terrain feature of great tactical importance. Leading the support platoon, Sgt. Keeble suddenly saw that the attacking elements had become pinned down on the precipitous slope by a murderous volume of machine-gun fire from three well fortified and carefully placed enemy positions. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he dashed forward and joined the pinned down platoon. Then, hugging the ground, he crawled forward alone until he was in close proximity to one of the hostile machine-gun emplacements. Ignoring the vicious stream of fire which the enemy crew trained on him, he activated a grenade and, throwing it with great accuracy, successfully destroyed the position. Continuing his one-man assault, he moved to the second enemy position and destroyed it with another grenade. Despite the fact that the hostile troops were now directing their entire firepower against him and unleashing a shower of grenades in a frantic attempt to stop his advance, he moved forward against the third hostile emplacement. Stunned by an enemy concussion grenade, he hesitated only long enough to regain his senses, then renewed his assault and skillfully neutralized the remaining enemy position with exceptionally accurate rifle fire. As his comrades moved forward to join him, he continued to direct deadly accurate fire against nearby enemy trenches, inflicting extremely heavy casualties on the foe. Inspired by his courageous example, the friendly troops swept the enemy from the hill and secured the important objective. the extraordinary heroism and completely selfless devotion to duty displayed by Sgt. Keeble on this occasion enabled his company to accomplish its mission, reflect great credit on himself, and are in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service.

Master Sergeant Keeble, a Sioux Native American joined the Legion of Valor in 1969 and resided in South Dakota.


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Thank You Woodrow for the Service and Sacrifice that you gave to this great country. Salud... Salud... Salud..

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 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 164th Infantry 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)24th Infantry DivisionU.S. Army
  1941-1946, 1st Battalion, 164th Infantry
  1942-1946, 746, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1950-1951, 1812, 1st Battalion, 164th Infantry
  1950-1953, 4814, 24th Infantry Division
  1951-1951, 4761, HHC, 25th Tank Battalion, 14th Armored Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1945 World War II
  1945-1946 Occupation Duty
  1950-1950 Korean War/UN Offensive (1950)/Eighth Army Offensive
  1950-1953 Korean War
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