William R. Jecelin

Korean War
Service #13277545
RankSergeant U.S. Army
Date of DeathSeptember 19 1950
Combat Infantryman Badge
Korean Service Medal
Medal of Honor (Army)
National Defense Service Medal
Purple Heart
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
For his leadership and great valor, Sergeant Jecelin was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Sergeant Jecelin was a Light Weapons Infantry Leader with Company C, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On September 19, 1950, near Saga, South Korea, he led his platoon on a frontal attack on a hill, well-entrenched and heavily armed. The attack was stopped at the base of a cliff. He led his men up the slopes at engaged the enemy in hand to hand combat. An enemy grenade fell among his comrades and he fell upon it to protect his men.