A few weeks ago I wrote about Pennsylvanians who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their bravery in World War II.
Let’s move on to the Korean War.
There were five, according to Pennsylvania magazine, and all received the nation’s highest military honor posthumously.
Here they are:
Army Pfc. Melvin L. Brown of Mahaffey, Clearfield County; Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion; killed Sept. 5, 1950, near Kasan, Korea
Army Capt. Reginald B. Desiderio of Clairton, Washington County; Company E, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division; killed Nov. 27, 1950, near Ipsok, Korea
Army Sgt. Donn F. Porter of Sewickley, Beaver County; Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division; killed Sept. 7, 1952, near Mundung-ni, Korea
Marine 2nd Lt. Robert Dale Reem of Lancaster; Company H, 3nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division; killed Nov. 6, 1950, near Chinhung-ni, Korea
Army Cpl. Clifton D. Speicher of Gray, Lycoming County; Company F, 223rd Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division; killed June 14, 1952, near Minarigol, Korea
You can read the citations for all of them on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society website, www.cmohs.org. Go there, and prepare to be moved to tears.