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First Name: Clair

Last Name: Goodblood

Birthplace: Fort Kent, ME, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Burnham, ME

Date of Birth: 18 September 1929

Date of Death: 25 April 1951

Rank: Corporal

Years Served: 1947 - 1951
Clair Goodblood

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Clair Goodblood
Corporal, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Clair Goodblood was born on 18 September 1929 in Fort Kent, ME. He was a Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 24-25 April 1951.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Popsu-dong, Korea, 24-25 April 1951

G.O. No.: 14, 1 February 1952


Cpl. Goodblood, a member of Company D, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. Cpl. Goodblood, a machine gunner, was attached to Company B in defensive positions on thickly wooded key terrain under attack by a ruthless foe. In bitter fighting which ensued, the numerically superior enemy infiltrated the perimeter, rendering the friendly positions untenable. Upon order to move back, Cpl. Goodblood voluntarily remained to cover the withdrawal and, constantly vulnerable to heavy fire, inflicted withering destruction on the assaulting force. Seeing a grenade lobbed at his position, he shoved his assistant to the ground and flinging himself upon the soldier attempted to shield him. Despite his valorous act both men were wounded. Rejecting aid for himself, he ordered the ammunition bearer to evacuate the injured man for medical treatment. He fearlessly maintained his 1-man defense, sweeping the onrushing assailants with fire until an enemy banzai charge carried the hill and silenced his gun. When friendly elements regained the commanding ground, Cpl. Goodblood's body was found lying beside his gun and approximately 100 hostile dead lay in the wake of his field of fire. Through his unflinching courage and willing self-sacrifice the onslaught was retarded, enabling his unit to withdraw, regroup, and resecure the strongpoint. Cpl. Goodblood's inspirational conduct and devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and are in keeping with the noble traditions of the military service.

Other Medal

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Corporal Goodblood was also awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

Corporal Goodblood was killed in action on 25 April 1951. He is buried at Chandler Cemetery at Burnham, ME.

Honoree ID: 1164   Created by: MHOH




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