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First Name: William

Last Name: Sitman

Birthplace: Bellwood, PA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Bellwood, PA
Middle Name: Samuel

Date of Birth: 09 August 1923

Date of Death: 14 February 1951

Rank: Sergeant First Class

Years Served: 1943 - 1951
William Samuel Sitman

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


William S. Sitman
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

William Samuel Sitman was born on 9 August 1923 in Bellwood, PA. Sitman was a Sergeant First Class in the United States Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and self-sacrifice on 14 February 1951, during the Battle of Chipyong-ni.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Chipyong-ni, Korea, 14 February 1951

G.O. No.: 20, 1 February 1952


Sfc. Sitman distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. Sfc. Sitman, a machine gun section leader of Company M, was attached to Company I, under attack by a numerically superior hostile force. During the encounter when an enemy grenade knocked out his machine gun, a squad from Company I, immediately emplaced a light machine gun and Sfc. Sitman and his men remained to provide security for the crew. In the ensuing action, the enemy lobbed a grenade into the position and Sfc. Sitman, fully aware of the odds against him, selflessly threw himself on it, absorbing the full force of the explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this fearless display of valor, his intrepid act saved 5 men from death or serious injury, and enabled them to continue inflicting withering fire on the ruthless foe throughout the attack. Sfc. Sitman's noble self-sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.

Other Medals

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

Death and Burial

Sergeant First Class William S. Sitman was killed in action on 14 February 1951. He is buried at Logan Valley Cemetery in Bellwood, Blair County, PA, in Section 10, Lot 8.

Honoree ID: 1237   Created by: MHOH




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