COLLIER (VETERAN KOR), GILBERT GEORGIE - Arkansas County, Arkansas | GILBERT GEORGIE COLLIER (VETERAN KOR) - Arkansas Gravestone Photos

Gilbert Georgie COLLIER (VETERAN KOR)

Dewitt Cemetery
Arkansas County,
Arkansas

Arkansas
SERGEANT Company F 223 Infantry 40 Infantry Division
Korea
December 20, 1920 - July 22. 1953
2 Purple Hearts
Oak Leaf Clusters
Congressional Medal of Honor

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant (Pointman/Assistant Squad Leader) in the United States Army in Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action at Tutayon, Korea on July 19 and 20, 1953, and was killed in action. His citation reads in part "Although suffering from a painful back injury, Sgt. Collier elected to remain with his leader, and before daylight they managed to crawl back up and over the mountainous terrain to the opposite valley, where they concealed themselves in the brush until nightfall, then edged toward their company positions. Shortly after leaving the daylight retreat they were ambushed, and in the ensuing firefight, Sgt. Collier killed two hostile soldiers, received painful wounds, and was separated from his companion. Then ammunition expended, he closed in hand-to-hand combat with four attacking hostile infantrymen, killing, wounding, and routing the foe with his bayonet. He was mortally wounded during this action, but made a valiant attempt to reach and assist his leader in a desperate effort to save his comrade's life without regard for his own personal safety." (bio by: Don Morfe)

Gravestone photo Provided By Don Morfe donmorfe@comcast.net
Photograph Provided By John "J-Cat" Griffith

Contributed on 12/27/08 by lsmgen1957
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Record #: 127794

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Submitted: 12/27/08 • Approved: 8/8/13 • Last Updated: 6/26/15 • R127794-G0-S3

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