The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
CRUMP, JERRY K.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Chorwon, Korea, 6 and 7 September 1951. Entered service at: Forest City,
N.C. Born: 18 February 1933, Charlotte, N.C. G.O. No.: 68, 11 July 1952.
Cpl. Crump, a member of Company L,
distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. During the night a numerically superior
hostile force launched an assault against his platoon on Hill 284, overrunning friendly
positions and swarming into the sector. Cpl. Crump repeatedly exposed himself to deliver
effective fire into the ranks of the assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Observing
2 enemy soldiers endeavoring to capture a friendly machinegun, he charged and killed both
with his bayonet, regaining control of the weapon. Returning to his position, now occupied
by 4 of his wounded comrades, he continued his accurate fire into enemy troops surrounding
his emplacement. When a hostile soldier hurled a grenade into the position, Cpl. Crump
immediately flung himself over the missile, absorbing the blast with his body and saving
his comrades from death or serious injury. His aggressive actions had so inspired his
comrades that a spirited counterattack drove the enemy from the perimeter. Cpl. Crump's
heroic devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit, and willingness to sacrifice himself
to save his comrades reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry and the U.S.