Essebagger, John, Jr., Cpl

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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
4745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 4745, 7th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Corporal


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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Holland

Casualty Date
Apr 25, 1951
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Korea, South
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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3rd Infantry Division


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Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Division7th Infantry Regiment
  1950-1951, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division
  1950-1951, 4745, 7th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1953 Korean War
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of the Imjin River
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Cpl John Essebagger, Jr. is buried in Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland, Michigan.
   
Comments/Citation
Citation:

Cpl. Essebagger, a member of Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Committed to effect a delaying action to cover the 3d Battalion's withdrawal through Company A, Cpl. Essebagger, a member of 1 of 2 squads maintaining defensive positions in key terrain and defending the company's right flank, had participated in repulsing numerous attacks. In a frenzied banzai charge the numerically superior enemy seriously threatened the security of the planned route of withdrawal and isolation of the small force. Badly shaken, the grossly outnumbered detachment started to fall back and Cpl. Essebagger, realizing the impending danger, voluntarily remained to provide security for the withdrawal. Gallantly maintaining a l-man stand, Cpl. Essebagger raked the menacing hordes with crippling fire and, with the foe closing on the position, left the comparative safety of his shelter and advanced in the face of overwhelming odds, firing his weapon and hurling grenades to disconcert the enemy and afford time for displacement of friendly elements to more tenable positions. Scorning the withering fire and bursting shells, Cpl. Essebagger continued to move forward, inflicting destruction upon the fanatical foe until he was mortally wounded. Cpl. Essebagger's intrepid action and supreme sacrifice exacted a heavy toll in enemy dead and wounded, stemmed the onslaught, and enabled the retiring squads to reach safety. His valorous conduct and devotion to duty reflected lasting glory upon himself and was in keeping with the noblest traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.
   
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