*HEDRICK, CLINTON M.
Rank and organization: Technical Sergeant,
U.S. Army, Company I, 194th Glider Infantry, 17th Airborne Division. Place and date:
Near Lembeck, Germany, 27-28 March 1945. Entered service at: Riverton, W. Va. Birth:
Cherrygrove, W. Va. G.O. No: 89, 19 October 1945.
He displayed extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action on 2728 March 1945, in Germany.
Following an airborne landing near Wesel, his unit was assigned as the assault platoon for
the assault on Lembeck. Three times the landing elements were pinned down by intense
automatic weapons fire from strongly defended positions. Each time, T/Sgt. Hedrick
fearlessly charged through heavy fire, shooting his automatic rifle from his hip. His
courageous action so inspired his men that they reduced the enemy positions in rapid
succession. When 6 of the enemy attempted a surprise, flanking movement, he quickly turned
and killed the entire party with a burst of fire. Later, the enemy withdrew across a moat
into Lembeck Castle. T/Sgt. Hedrick, with utter disregard for his own safety, plunged
across the drawbridge alone in pursuit. When a German soldier, with hands upraised,
declared the garrison wished to surrender, he entered the castle yard with 4 of his men to
accept the capitulation. The group moved through a sally port, and was met by fire from a
German self-propelled gun. Although mortally wounded, T/Sgt. Hedrick fired at the enemy
gun and covered the withdrawal of his comrades. He died while being evacuated after the
castle was taken. His great personal courage and heroic leadership contributed in large
measure to the speedy capture of Lembeck and provided an inspiring example to his