September 29, 1950 – This Day During The Korean War – Stanley R. Christianson Medal of Honor recipient

September 29, 1950 – Stanley R. Christianson Medal of Honor recipient (January 24, 1925 – September 29, 1950) was a Marine Corps private first class who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for giving his life in a one-man stand against a ferocious attack which threatened to destroy his platoon in Korea on September 29, 1950.

Private First Class Christianson’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division (reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces at Hill 132, Seoul, Korea, in the early morning hours of September 29, 1950. Manning one of the several listening posts covering approaches to the platoon area when the enemy commenced the attack, Private First Class Christianson quickly sent another Marine to alert the rest of the platoon. Without orders, he remained in his position and, with full knowledge that he would have slight chance of escape, fired relentlessly at oncoming hostile troops attacking furiously with rifles, automatic weapons and incendiary grenades. Accounting for seven enemy dead in the immediate vicinity before his position was overrun and he himself fatally struck down, Private First Class Christianson, by his superb courage, valiant fighting spirit and devotion to duty, was responsible for allowing the rest of the platoon time to man positions, build up a stronger defense on that flank and repel the attack with 41 of the enemy destroyed, and many more wounded and three taken prisoner. His self-sacrificing actions in the face of overwhelming odds sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Private First Class Christianson gallantly gave his life for his country.

Stanley R. Christianson Medal of Honor recipient

1 thought on “September 29, 1950 – This Day During The Korean War – Stanley R. Christianson Medal of Honor recipient

  1. After reading his Wikipedia page, I have to wonder why after his time in the Corps he was only a PFC. He did time on Parris Island as a Drill Instructor as a PFC? Never heard of that. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to diminish him in any way, Hell, he was awarded the Bronze Star 11 days before his death. At least he was posthumously promoted to Corporal. Rest easy Devil Dog.

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