Walter Carleton Monegan, Jr.
Private First Class, United States Marine Corps
|Born at Melrose, Massachusetts,
on December 25, 1930 he earned the while serving with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 1st United
States Marines at Sosa-ri, Korea, on September 17 and 20, 1950.
He was killed-in-action and subsequently buried in Section 34 of
Arlington National Cemetery.
Private Monegan, 19, of Seattle, Washington, was killed September 20, 1950, near Seoul, as he calmly stepped out into the heavy fire of an enemy tank-infantry attack and proceeded to methodically knock out the tanks at close range with his rocket.
The Medal was presented to his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Monegan, by Secretary of the Navy, Dan Kimball, during ceremonies February 8, 1952, in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Monegan resides with her infant son, Walter III, in Seattle, Washington.
Private Monegan was born December 25, 1930 at Melrose, Massachusetts. He attended schools at Malden, Reading, and Walpole, Massachusetts, and in November, 1947 (before his seventeenth birthday), enlisted in the Army. He was discharged in January, 1948, when his age was discovered, and enlisted in the Marine Corps, March 22, 1948 at Baltimore, Maryland.
After completing his recruit training at Parris Island, South Carolina, in June, 1948, Monegan was ordered to San Francisco, where he sailed for duty in China with the Third Marine at Tsingtao.
He returned to the States in June, 1949, and was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, until June, 1950, when he was ordered to the Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Seattle. He reenlisted, July 20, 1950, and the following month returned to Camp Pendleton, where he joined the Second Battalion, First Regiment, First Marine Division, with which he fought in Korea.
He participated in the Inchon landing, September 15, and was killed
in action five days later. He was buried at Inchon, Korea and reinterred,
July 19, 1951, at Arlington National Cemetery.
In addition to the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart Medal, his decorations include: the Presidential Unit Citation with one Bronze Star; the China Service Medal; and the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star.
Photo Courtesy of the Homes of Heroes
MONEGAN, WALTER C., JR.
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Near Sosa-ri, Korea, 17 and 20 September 1950. Entered service at: Seattle, Washington. Born: 25 December 1930, Melrose, Massachusetts.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rocket gunner attached to Company F, and in action against enemy aggressor forces. Dug in on a hill overlooking the main Seoul highway when 6 enemy tanks threatened to break through the battalion position during a predawn attack on 17 September, Pfc. Monegan promptly moved forward with his bazooka, under heavy hostile automatic weapons fre and engaged the lead tank at a range of less than 50 yards. After scoring a direct hit and killing the sole surviving tankman with his carbine as he came through the escape hatch, he boldly fired 2 more rounds of ammunition at the oncoming tanks, disorganizing the attack and enabling our tank crews to continue blasting with their 90-mm guns. With his own and an adjacent company's position threatened by annihilation when an overwhelming enemy tank-infantry force bypassed the area and proceeded toward the battalion command post during the early morning of September 20, he seized his rocket launcher and, in total darkness, charged down the slope of the hill where the tanks had broken through. Quick to act when an illuminating shell lit the area, he scored a direct hit on one of the tanks as hostile rifle and automatic-weapons fire raked the area at close range. Again exposing himself, he fired another round to destroy a second tank and, as the rear tank turned to retreat, stood upright to fire and was fatally struck down by hostile machine gun fire when another illuminating shell silhouetted him against the sky. Pfc. Monegan's daring initiative, gallant fighting spirit and courageous devotion to duty were contributing factors in the success of his company in repelling the enemy, and his self-sacrificing efforts throughout sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins
COURTESY OF THE AMERICAN BATTLE MONUMENTS COMMISSION
Walter Carleton Monegan, Jr.
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