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First Name: Ralph

Last Name: Pomeroy

Birthplace: Quinwood, WV, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Quinwood, WV
Middle Name: Eugene

Date of Birth: 26 March 1930

Date of Death: 15 October 1952

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Ralph Eugene Pomeroy

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Ralph Eugene Pomeroy
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Ralph Eugene Pomeroy was born on 26 March 1930, at Quinwood, WV. He was a Private First Class in the United States Army during the Korean War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 15 October 1952.

Medals, Awards & Badges

Medal of Honor *
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge

* Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Kumhwa, Korea, 15 October 1952

G.O. No.: 97, 30 December 1953


Pfc. Pomeroy, a machine gunner with Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. While his comrades were consolidating on a key terrain feature, he manned a machine gun at the end of a communication trench on the forward slope to protect the platoon flank and prevent a surprise attack. When the enemy attacked through a ravine leading directly to his firing position, he immediately opened fire on the advancing troops inflicting a heavy toll in casualties and blunting the assault. At this juncture the enemy directed intense concentrations of artillery and mortar fire on his position in an attempt to neutralize his gun. Despite withering fire and bursting shells, he maintained his heroic stand and poured crippling fire into the ranks of the hostile force until a mortar burst severely wounded him and rendered the gun mount inoperable. Quickly removing the hot, heavy weapon, he cradled it in his arms and, moving forward with grim determination, raked the attacking forces with a hail of fire. Although wounded a second time he pursued his relentless course until his ammunition was expended within 10 feet of the foe and then, using the machine gun as a club, he courageously closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat until mortally wounded. Pfc. Pomeroy's consummate valor, inspirational actions and supreme sacrifice enabled the platoon to contain the attack and maintain the integrity of the perimeter, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the noble traditions of the military service.


USNS Pomeroy (T-AKR-316) is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 33 ships in the Prepositioning Program. She is a Watson-class vehicle cargo ship named for Private First Class Ralph E. Pomeroy, a Medal of Honor Recipient.

Death and Burial

PFC Ralph Eugene Pomeroy was killed in action on 15 October 1952. He is buried in the At the End of the Trail Cemetery in Clintonville, Greenbrier County, WV, in Old Section C.

Honoree ID: 1222   Created by: MHOH




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