The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*COLLIER, JOHN W.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near Chindong-ni, Korea,
19 September 1950. Entered service at: Worthington, Ky. Born: 3 April
1929, Worthington, Ky. G.O. No.: 86, 2 August 1951.
Cpl. Collier, Company C,
distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call
of duty in action. While engaged in an assault on a strategic ridge strongly defended by a
fanatical enemy, the leading elements of his company encountered intense automatic weapons
and grenade fire. Cpl. Collier and 3 comrades volunteered and moved forward to neutralize
an enemy machinegun position which was hampering the company's advance, but they were
twice repulsed. On the third attempt, Cpl. Collier, despite heavy enemy fire and grenade
barrages, moved to an exposed position ahead of his comrades, assaulted and destroyed the
machinegun nest, killing at least 4 enemy soldiers. As he returned down the rocky,
fire-swept hill and joined his squad, an enemy grenade landed in their midst. Shouting a
warning to his comrades, he, selflessly and unhesitatingly, threw himself upon the grenade
and smothered its explosion with his body. This intrepid action saved his comrades from
death or injury. Cpl. Collier's supreme, personal bravery, consummate gallantry, and noble
self-sacrifice reflect untold glory upon himself and uphold the honored traditions of the