The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*COURSEN, SAMUEL S.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Company C 5th Cavalry Regiment. Place and date: Near Kaesong, Korea,
12 October 1950. Entered service at: Madison, N.J. : 4 August 1926 Madison,
N.J. G.O. No.: 57, 2 August 1951.
1st Lt. Coursen distinguished
himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in
action. While Company C was attacking Hill 174 under heavy enemy small-arms fire, his
platoon received enemy fire from close range. The platoon returned the fire and continued
to advance. During this phase 1 his men moved into a well-camouflaged emplacement, which
was thought to be unoccupied, and was wounded by the enemy who were hidden within the
emplacement. Seeing the soldier in difficulty he rushed to the man's aid and, without
regard for his personal safety, engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat in an effort to
protect his wounded comrade until he himself was killed. When his body was recovered after
the battle 7 enemy dead were found in the emplacement. As the result of 1st Lt. Coursen's
violent struggle several of the enemies' heads had been crushed with his rifle. His
aggressive and intrepid actions saved the life of the wounded man, eliminated the main
position of the enemy roadblock, and greatly inspired the men in his command. 1st Lt.
Coursen's extraordinary heroism and intrepidity reflect the highest credit on himself and
are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.
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