The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes Pride in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization:
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Kumsong, Korea, 19 October 1951. Entered service at: Lamar, Missouri. Born:
18 October 1928, St. Francis, Kansas.
For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while leading 1st Platoon, Company G, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division in Kumsong, Korea on 19 October 1951. That afternoon, thirty enemy troops counterattacked Sergeant Weinsteins platoon. Most of the platoons members had been wounded in the previous action and withdrew under the heavy fire. Sergeant Weinstein, however, remained in his position and continued to fight off the onrushing enemy, killing at least six with his M-1 rifle before running out of ammunition. Although under extremely heavy enemy fire, Sergeant Weinstein refused to withdraw and continued fighting by throwing enemy hand grenades found lying near his position. He again halted the enemys progress and inflicted numerous casualties. Alone and unaided, he held the ground which his platoon had fought tenaciously to take and held out against overwhelming odds until another platoon was able to relieve him and drive back the enemy. Sergeant Weinsteins leg had been broken by an enemy grenade and old wounds suffered in previous battles had reopened, but he refused to withdraw and successfully bought time for his wounded comrades to reach friendly lines. Sergeant Weinsteins extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.