Richard Thomas Shea, Jr.

Richard Thomas Shea, Jr. (HM17G7)

Location: West Point, NY 10996 Orange County
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N 41° 23.903', W 73° 57.859'

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Medal of Honor awarded to
Richard Thomas Shea, Jr.
First Lieutenant, Infantry
for action near
Sokkogae, Korea, 6 to 8 July 1953

" . . . He was supervising the reinforcement of defensive positions when the enemy attacked with great numerical superiority . . . He organized and led a counterattack . . . and killed two hostile soldiers with his trench knife. Calmly moving among the men . . . he fought side by side with them throughout the night. . . . The Hostile force pressed the assault. . . . Lieutenant Shea and his gallant men drove back the hostile troops. . . . (He) rallied a group of 20 men and again charged the enemy. Although wounded in this action, he refused evacuation and continued to lead the counterattack. When the assaulting element was pinned down by heavy machinegun fire, he personally rushed the emplacement and . . . killed three of the enemy. . . . On 8 July, the enemy attacked again. Despite additional wounds, he launched a determined counterattack and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. . . . "

Class of 1952
HM NumberHM17G7
Series This marker is part of the Medal of Honor Recipients series
Placed ByClass of 1939
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 7:38am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 586576 N 4583500
Decimal Degrees41.39838333, -73.96431667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 23.903', W 73° 57.859'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 23' 54.18" N, 73° 57' 51.54" W
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Area Code(s)914, 845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 601-699 Townsley Rd, West Point NY 10996, US
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