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Sterling Lewis Morelock
Private, United States Army
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Born at Silver Run, Maryland, on June 5, 1890, Sterling Lewis Morelock earned the Medal of Honor while serving with Company M, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, near Exermont, France, on October 1, 1918 during World War I.

He died on September 1, 1964 and was buried in Section 35 of Arlington National Cemetery. His wife, Bettye L. Morelock (August 10, 1893-May 30, 1974) is buried with him.


MORELOCK, STERLING

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company M, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Place and date: Near Exermont, France, 4 October 1918. Entered service at: Oquawka, Illinois. Birth: Silver Run, Maryland. G.O. No.: 43, W.D., 1922.

Citation:

While his company was being held up by heavy enemy fire, Private Morelock, with 3 other men who were acting as runners at company headquarters, voluntarily led them as a patrol in advance of his company's frontline through an intense rifle, artillery, and machinegun fire and penetrated a woods which formed the German frontline.

Encountering a series of 5 hostile machinegun nests, containing from one to five machineguns each, with his patrol he cleaned them all out, gained and held complete mastery of the situation until the arrival of his company commander with reinforcements, even though his entire party had become casualties.

He rendered first aid to the injured and evacuated them by using stretcher bearers 10 German prisoners whom he had captured. Soon thereafter his company commander was wounded and while dressing his wound, Private Morelock was very severely wounded in the hip, which forced his evacuation. His heroic action and devotion to duty were an inspiration to the entire regiment.


Sterling  L. Morelock Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins

MORELOCK, STERLING LEWIS
PVT CO M 28TH INF 1 DIV USA
DATE OF BIRTH: 06/05/1890
DATE OF DEATH: 09/01/1964
BURIED AT: SECTION 35  SITE 1824
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

MORELOCK, BETTY L
DATE OF BIRTH: 08/10/1893
DATE OF DEATH: 05/30/1974
BURIED AT: SECTION 35  SITE 1824
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
  WIFE OF MORELOCK, STERLING LEWIS
PVT  US ARMY

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