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Many of the HERO STORIES, history, citations and other information detailed in this website are, at least for now, available in PRINT or DIGITAL format from AMAZON.COM. The below comprise the nearly 4-dozen  "Home Of Heroes" books currently available.

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Medal of Honor Books

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This series of books contains the citations for ALL Medals of Honor awarded to that branch of service, with brief biographical data and photos of many of the recipients. Some of them also include citations for other awards, analysis of awards, data tables and analysis and more. These are LARGE volumes, each 8 1/2" x 11" and more than 500 pages each. Click on a book to find it on Amazon.com where you can find more details on what is contained in each book, as well as to get a free preview. Each volume is $24.95.

Heroes in the War on Terrorism

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NAVY    -  MARINES   -  AIR FORCE   - ARMY O.E.F.  - ARMY O.I.F.

These books contain the citations for nearly all of the awards of the Silve Star and higher to members of each branch of service in the War on Terrorism. Books include photos of most recipients, some biographical data, analysis of awards by rank, unit, date, and more.

ENCYCLOPEDIA of AMERICAN MILITARY HEROES

With the 5 Medal of Honor volumes above, these compilations comprise a virtual 28-volume ENCYCLOPEDIA of decorated American heroes(15,000 pages)  with award citations, history, tables & analysis, and detailed indexes of ACEs, FLAG OFFICERS, and more. (Click on any book to see it in Amazon.com - $24.95 Each Volume)

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April 8, 2000

Korean War Hero Carl Sitter Dies

By William Honan

 

Carl L. Sitter, a former colonel in the United States Marines who won the Medal of Honor for bravery and valiant leadership during 36 hours of hellish hand-to-hand fighting in Korea, died on April 4 at a hospital in Richmond, Va. He was 77.

Colonel Sitter's gallantry at the risk of his own life was demonstrated on Nov. 29 and 30, 1950.

The fighting between the two Koreas had broken out the previous June, when North Korean troops invaded the south and captured the capital city, Seoul. In short order, the defenders of South Korea found themselves huddled in a small enclave surrounding the southern port of Pusan.

Resistance by the south stiffened with the intervention of the American Eighth Army, and with Gen. Douglas MacArthur's daring amphibious landing at Inchon. But on Nov. 25 China entered the fray, with forces greatly outnumbering those of the United Nations.

Within a few days, the situation was desperate at Hagaru-ri, where Company G, commanded by Colonel Sitter, had come face to face with a much larger force of Chinese recruits on a snow-covered hill. Ordered on the morning of Nov. 29 to smash through enemy positions in order to reinforce his battalion, Colonel Sitter continuously exposed himself to enemy fire as he led his company forward.

Despite suffering heavy casualties, Company G reached its objective. Colonel Sitter was wounded in the face, arms and chest.

That night, when the enemy started a sudden counterattack, setting Company G's position ablaze with mortar, machine-gun and automatic-weapons fire, according to his Medal of Honor citation, Colonel Sitter visited each foxhole and gun position, "instilling in every man the will and determination to hold his position at all costs."

More than half of his company was killed, wounded or captured, but, the citation reads, "a successful defense of the area was assured."

Colonel Sitter was given the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman. He is scheduled to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery on April 18.

Born on Dec. 2, 1922, in Syracuse, Mo., Carl Leonard Sitter moved with his family to Pueblo, Colo., when he was about 6. He joined the Marines at 17 and was soon in combat during World War II, winning the first of four Purple Hearts.

After the war, while stationed in England, Colonel Sitter earned a bachelor's degree through the extension program run by the University of Maryland.

After 30 years in military service, Colonel Sitter was discharged in 1970. He then worked for the Virginia department of social services.

Colonel Sitter is survived by his wife, Ruth; three children, Mark of Stephens City, Va., Mike of Bremerton, Wash., and Sherrie Torrey of Richmond; and six grandchildren.

At the time of his death, Colonel Sitter was completing a course of study at the Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond that was to have prepared him for the ministry.

 

2000, by The New York Times
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