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First Name: Edward

Last Name: Krzyzowski

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Cicero, IL
Middle Name: C.

Date of Birth: 16 January 1914

Date of Death: 03 September 1951

Rank: Captain

Years Served:
Edward C. Krzyzowski

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Edward C. Krzyzowski
Captain, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Edward C. Krzyzowski was born on 16 January 1914 in Chicago, IL. He was a Captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 31 August to 3 September 1951.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army, Company B, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Tondul, Korea, from 31 August to 3 September 1951

Entered service at: Cicero, IL

G.O. No.: 56, 12 June 1952.


Capt. Krzyzowski, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy as commanding officer of Company B. Spearheading an assault against strongly defended Hill 700, his company came under vicious crossfire and grenade attack from enemy bunkers. Creeping up the fire-swept hill, he personally eliminated 1 bunker with his grenades and wiped out a second with carbine fire. Forced to retire to more tenable positions for the night, the company, led by Capt. Krzyzowski, resumed the attack the following day, gaining several hundred yards and inflicting numerous casualties. Overwhelmed by the numerically superior hostile force, he ordered his men to evacuate the wounded and move back. Providing protective fire for their safe withdrawal, he was wounded again by grenade fragments, but refused evacuation and continued to direct the defense. On 3 September, he led his valiant unit in another assault which overran several hostile positions, but again the company was pinned down by murderous fire. Courageously advancing alone to an open knoll to plot mortar concentrations against the hill, he was killed instantly by an enemy sniper's fire. Capt. Krzyzowski's consummate fortitude, heroic leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice, so clearly demonstrated throughout 3 days of bitter combat, reflect the highest credit and lasting glory on himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Captain Krzyzowski was awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

Captain Edward C. Krzyzowski was killed in action on 3 September 1951. He is buried at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums at Justice, Cook County, IL.

Honoree ID: 1190   Created by: MHOH




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