Richard Keith Sorenson

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Richard Keith Sorenson

Birthplace: Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota, USA
Death: Died in Reno, Washoe, Nevada, USA
Place of Burial: Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Richard Keith Sorenson

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Private Richard Keith Sorenson, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Fourth Marines, FOURTH Marine Division during the battle of Namur Island, Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 & 2 February 1944. Putting up a brave defense against a particularly violent counterattack by the enemy during invasion operations, Private Sorenson and five other Marines occupying a shellhole were endangered by a Japanese grenade thrown into their midst. Unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety, Private Sorenson hurled himself upon the deadly weapon, heroically taking the full impact of the explosion. As a result of his gallant action, he was severely wounded, but the lives of his comrades were saved. His great personal valor and exceptional spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

Action Date: February 01 & 2, 1944

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private

Company: Company M

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 24th Marines

Division: 4th Marine Division

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Richard Keith Sorenson's Timeline

August 28, 1924
Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota, USA
October 9, 2004
Age 80
Reno, Washoe, Nevada, USA
Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA