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Jerome A. Sudut was posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on September 12, 1951.
Jerome Sudut was born in Wausau in 1929. He enlisted in 1946, at the age of 16, and became a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division.
Following service with the Army of Occupation in Japan, Sudut re-enlisted and transferred to the Military Police.
The beginning of the Korean War found now Sergeant Sudut once again serving in Japan. He volunteered for combat duty and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division. In July 1951, Sudut received a field commission to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Two months later, while leading his troops in action in the Iron Triangle, Lieutenant Sudut was mortally wounded.
Medal of Honor citation. Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Place and date: Near Kumhwa, Korea, September 12, 1951
Entered service at: Wisconsin. Birth: Wausau, Wisconsin
G.O. No.: 31, March 21, 1952
2d Lt. Sudut distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon, attacking heavily fortified and strategically located hostile emplacements, had been stopped by intense fire from a large bunker containing several firing posts. Armed with submachinegun, pistol, and grenades, 2d Lt. Sudut charged the emplacement alone through vicious hostile fire, killing 3 of the occupants and dispersing the remainder. Painfully wounded, he returned to reorganize his platoon, refused evacuation and led his men in a renewed attack. The enemy had returned to the bunker by means of connecting trenches from other emplacements and the platoon was again halted by devastating fire. Accompanied by an automatic-rifleman 2d Lt. Sudut again charged into close-range fire to eliminate the position. When the rifleman was wounded, 2d Lt. Sudut seized his weapon and continued alone, killing 3 of the 4 remaining occupants. Though mortally wounded and his ammunition exhausted, he jumped into the emplacement and killed the remaining enemy soldier with his trench knife. His single-handed assaults so inspired his comrades that they continued the attack and drove the enemy from the hill, securing the objective. 2d Lt. Sudut's consummate fighting spirit, outstanding leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice are in keeping with the finest traditions of the infantry and the U.S. Army.
A year after his death, the American War Mothers placed a memorial for him in Wausau's [Wisconsin] Memorial Park.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum announced on November 8, 2004 it had received the donation of 2LT Sudut's Medal of Honor. In early October, 2004 Marathon County, Wisconsin CVSO Scott Berger contacted the Museum on behalf of the family of Lieutenant Jerome A. Sudut, 25th Infantry Division. Lieutenant Sudut's medal, along with other materials relating to his service had been on display in the Marathon County Courthouse. Remodeling resulted in the removal of the exhibit with no plans to have it reinstalled. Following discussions between CVSO Berger and Sudut's sister, Mrs. Diana Heath of Bristol, Tennessee, it was decided that the medal and belongings could best be preserved at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
2LT Sudut's Medal of Honor is currently on display at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum located at 30 W. Mifflin Street, Madison, WI 53703. Their website is located at the following link and admission is free: http://museum.dva.state.wi.us/