Richard K. Sorenson
Private Richard Keith Sorenson served in the United States Marine Corps for Company M, as a member of the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marines Regiment, and 4th Marines Division. Sorenson was awarded the Medal of Honor on July 19, 1944. When on the February 1-2, 1944 he demonstrated extreme bravery and self-sacrifice during the fight at Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands. When he and five fellow Marines were occupying a shellhole a grenade was suddenly tossed in with them and acting quickly Sorenson covered it with his body and thereby saved the lives of his fellow soldiers. Even more astounding was the fact that he survived the blast despite being severely wounded.
February 01, 2015