The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SITMAN, WILLIAM S.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First
Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Place and
date: Near Chipyong-ni, Korea, 14 February 1951. Entered service at:
Bellwood, Pa. Birth: Bellwood, Pa. G.O. No.: 20, 1 February 1952.
Sfc. Sitman distinguished himself by
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against
an armed enemy of the United Nations. Sfc. Sitman, a machinegun section leader of Company
M, was attached to Company I, under attack by a numerically superior hostile force. During
the encounter when an enemy grenade knocked out his machinegun, a squad from Company I,
immediately emplaced a light machinegun and Sfc. Sitman and his men remained to provide
security for the crew. In the ensuing action, the enemy lobbed a grenade into the position
and Sfc. Sitman, fully aware of the odds against him, selflessly threw himself on it,
absorbing the full force of the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this
fearless display of valor, his intrepid act saved 5 men from death or serious injury, and
enabled them to continue inflicting withering fire on the ruthless foe throughout the
attack. Sfc. Sitman's noble self-sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting
glory on himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.