Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Little League welcome Medal of Honor Veteran Ronald E. Rosser

Photo by John GreenRonald E. Rosser with Lance Van Auken of Little League International 
South Williamsport, Pa - Ronald Eugene Rosser is a former United States Army soldier who received the United States military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Korean War.
Born on October 24, 1929, in Columbus, Ohio, Rosser was the second oldest of seventeen children. He joined the Army in 1946 at age 17 for a three year term of service. After one of his brothers was killed in the early stages of the Korean War, he re-enlisted from Crooksville, Ohio, in 1951 as a way of getting revenge. Initially stationed in Japan, Rosser requested to be sent into combat and was then deployed to Korea with the heavy mortar company of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.[1]

Rosser in 2012

On January 12, 1952, Rosser, by then a corporal, was acting as a forward observer with Company L’s lead platoon during an assault on a heavily fortified hill near Ponggilli. When the unit came under heavy fire, Rosser went forward three times and attacked the hostile positions alone, each time returning to friendly lines to gather more ammunition before charging the hill again. Although wounded himself, he helped carry injured soldiers to safety once withdrawal became necessary. For these actions, Rosser was awarded the Medal of Honor.[2]

Rosser returned to the United States in May 1952 and was formally presented with the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman a month later, on June 27, 1952.[1]

In 1968, another of Rosser’s brothers was killed in action, this time in the Vietnam War. Rosser requested a combat assignment in Vietnam but was rejected and subsequently retired from the Army.[1]