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First Name: Clinton

Last Name: Hedrick

Birthplace: Cherry Grove, WV, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Riverton, WV
Middle Name: M.

Date of Birth: 01 May 1918

Date of Death: 28 March 1945

Rank: Technical Sergeant

Years Served: 1940 - 1945
Clinton M. Hedrick

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Clinton M. Hedrick
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Technical Sergeant Clinton M. Hedrick (1 May 1918 - 28 March 1945) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

Clinton M. Hedrick was born on 1 May 1918 in Cherry Grove, WV. He joined the Army from Riverton, WV. On 27 March 1945, he was serving as a Technical Sergeant in Company I, 194th Glider Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division. On that day and the next, near Lembeck, Germany, he repeatedly charged through heavy fire to attack German positions and alone followed a group of German soldiers when they retreated into a castle. When the Germans indicated that they wished to surrender, Hedrick and four other men entered the castle, only to be fired upon by a German self-propelled gun. Hedrick was fatally wounded, but successfully covered the withdrawal of his men. For these actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company I, 194th Glider Infantry, 17th Airborne Division.

Place and date: Near Lembeck, Germany, 27-28 March 1945.

Citation: He displayed extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action on 27-28 March 1945, in Germany. Following an airborne landing near Wesel, his unit was assigned as the assault platoon for the assault on Lembeck. Three times the landing elements were pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire from strongly defended positions. Each time, T/Sgt. Hedrick fearlessly charged through heavy fire, shooting his automatic rifle from his hip. His courageous action so inspired his men that they reduced the enemy positions in rapid succession. When 6 of the enemy attempted a surprise, flanking movement, he quickly turned and killed the entire party with a burst of fire. Later, the enemy withdrew across a moat into Lembeck Castle. T/Sgt. Hedrick, with utter disregard for his own safety, plunged across the drawbridge alone in pursuit. When a German soldier, with hands upraised, declared the garrison wished to surrender, he entered the castle yard with 4 of his men to accept the capitulation. The group moved through a sally port, and was met by fire from a German self-propelled gun. Although mortally wounded, T/Sgt. Hedrick fired at the enemy gun and covered the withdrawal of his comrades. He died while being evacuated after the castle was taken. His great personal courage and heroic leadership contributed in large measure to the speedy capture of Lembeck and provided an inspiring example to his comrades.

Death and Burial

Technical Sergeant Clinton M. Hedrick was killed in action on 28 March 1945. He is buried at North Fork Memorial Cemetery in Riverton, WV.

Honoree ID: 1440   Created by: MHOH




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