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Carl Leonard Sitter

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Ordered to break through enemy-infested territory to reinforce his battalion, Captain Sitter exposed himself to enemy fire as he led his company forward and, despite 25 percent casualties, succeeded in reaching his objective. Attempting to seize a strategic area occupied by a hostile force of regiment strength deeply entrenched on a snow-covered hill commanding the entire valley, he reorganized his depleted units the following morning and boldly led them up the frozen hillside under blistering fire. During the night when a vastly outnumbering enemy launched a vicious counterattack, setting the hill ablaze with mortar, machinegun, and automatic-weapons fire and taking a heavy toll in troops, Captain Sitter visited each foxhole and gun position, coolly deploying and integrating reinforcing units into a coordinated combat team. With the enemy penetrating his lines which often required hand-to-hand combat, and, on one occasion infiltrating to the command post with hand grenades, he fought gallantly with his men. Painfully wounded in the face, arms, and chest by bursting grenades, he staunchly refused to be evacuated and continued to fight on until a successful defense of the area was assured with a loss to the enemy of more than 50 percent dead, wounded, and captured.

Carl Sitter graduated from Central High School (Class of 1940) in Pueblo, Colorado, where Army Private William Crawford, who earned the Medal of Honor in WWII, graduated four years earlier. During World War II Sitter served in the Pacific where he was wounded first on Eniwetok, and then a second time at Guam, where he also earned a Silver Star. When Sitter passed away in 2000 he was in his last semester of study to receive a Masters Degree to become a minister. He was posthumously graduated in abstentia.

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