Hovey, Howard Cleasby, 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
1953-Present, 1745, POW/MIA
Service Years
1943 - 1953

Master Sergeant

Three Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Jefferson, New York
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 06, 1953
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of Pork Chop Hill
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Memorial Section C Site 25-J

 Official Badges 

3rd Infantry Division Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1953, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 17th Infantry POW/MIA
  1952-1953, 1745, A Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
  1953-Present, 1745, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1953-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)/Battle of Pork Chop Hill
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
  • Camp Hovey is a United States Army military base in South Korea. It was named after Master Sergeant Howard Hovey who was killed in action at Pork Chop Hill during the Korean War. The camp is adjacent to the larger Camp Casey, connected by a road known as "Hovey Cut".

    Howard Cleasby Hovey

  • Date of death: July 6, 1953
  • Home of record: Jefferson, New York
  • Status: MIA

  • Howard Hovey was a veteran of combat duty in both World War II and the Korean War.

Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War

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 Master Sergeant Howard Cleasby Hovey (ASN: 0-6152613), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Master Sergeant Hovey distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Sokkogae, Korea, on 6 July 1953. On that date, Sergeant Hovey and other members of the company were on duty in the company command post when their position was suddenly attacked by a vicious, numerically superior enemy force. With total disregard for his own life, Sergeant Hovey left the comparative safety of his bunker, moved into a nearby trench and directed a hail of fire at hostile troops, temporarily repulsing several attempts to overrun friendly positions. Aware that the dangerous proximity of the determined, reinforced enemy posed an imminent threat to the defense of the entire post, Sergeant Hovey, arming himself with a carbine and hand grenades, moved from the cover of the trench, spotted the enemy advancing within about fifty yards of the post and charged the enemy, pouring crippling fire and throwing grenades at the assailants, inflicting numerous casualties and checking their advance. Although wounded by automatic weapons during the ensuing action, he continued firing until he was again critically wounded by a napalm grenade. Feeling that the lives of other members were still endangered, he grabbed another carbine and grenades and again left the bunker area, maintaining his stand and firing his weapon and throwing grenades until he was mortally wounded by a direct hit from another enemy grenade. Through his indomitable fighting spirit and courageous actions, he enabled other members of the command post to evacuate the bunker, establish operations in another position, and eventually stem the onslaught. Master Sergeant Hovey's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army: General Orders No. 3 (January 20, 1954)

Action Date: July 6, 1953

Service: Army

Rank: Master Sergeant

Company: Company A

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 17th Infantry Regiment

Division: 7th Infantry Division

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