Sterling Lewis Morelock
Private, United States Army
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.
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.
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.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins
MORELOCK, STERLING LEWIS
Updated: 30 September 2000 Updated: 15 March 2003 Updated: 18 July 2009