The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization:
Corporal, U.S. Army, Company D, 7th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near
Popsu-dong, Korea, 24 and 25 April 1951. Entered service at: Burnham, Maine. Born:
18 September 1929, Fort Kent, Maine. G.O. No.: 14, 1 February 1952.
Cpl. Goodblood, a member of Company D, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an
armed enemy of the United Nations. Cpl. Goodblood, a machine gunner, was attached to
Company B in defensive positions on thickly wooded key terrain under attack by a ruthless
foe. In bitter fighting which ensued, the numerically superior enemy infiltrated the
perimeter, rendering the friendly positions untenable. Upon order to move back, Cpl.
Goodblood voluntarily remained to cover the withdrawal and, constantly vulnerable to heavy
fire, inflicted withering destruction on the assaulting force. Seeing a grenade lobbed at
his position, he shoved his assistant to the ground and flinging himself upon the soldier
attempted to shield him. Despite his valorous act both men were wounded. Rejecting aid for
himself, he ordered the ammunition bearer to evacuate the injured man for medical
treatment. He fearlessly maintained his 1-man defense, sweeping the onrushing assailants
with fire until an enemy banzai charge carried the hill and silenced his gun. When
friendly elements regained the commanding ground, Cpl. Goodblood's body was found Iying
beside his gun and approximately 100 hostile dead lay in the wake of his field of fire.
Through his unflinching courage and willing self-sacrifice the onslaught was retarded,
enabling his unit to withdraw, regroup, and resecure the strongpoint. Cpl. Goodblood's
inspirational conduct and devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and are in
keeping with the noble traditions of the military service.