About Lt. Jerome Sudut, Medal of Honor
The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Jerome Aubrey Sudut (ASN: 0-2263203), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company B, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kumhwa, Korea, on 12 September 1951. Second Lieutenant Sudut's platoon, attacking heavily fortified and strategically located hostile emplacements, had been stopped by intense fire from a large bunker containing several firing posts. Armed with submachine gun, pistol, and grenades, Second Lieutenant Sudut charged the emplacement alone through vicious hostile fire, killing three of the occupants and dispersing the remainder. Painfully wounded, he returned to reorganize his platoon, refused evacuation and led his men in a renewed attack.
The enemy had returned to the bunker by means of connecting trenches from other emplacements and the platoon was again halted by devastating fire. Accompanied by an automatic-rifleman Second Lieutenant Sudut again charged into close-range fire to eliminate the position. When the rifleman was wounded, Second Lieutenant Sudut seized his weapon and continued alone, killing three of the four remaining occupants. Though mortally wounded and his ammunition exhausted, he jumped into the emplacement and killed the remaining enemy soldier with his trench knife. His single-handed assaults so inspired his comrades that they continued the attack and drove the enemy from the hill, securing the objective. Second Lieutenant Sudut's consummate fighting spirit, outstanding leadership, and gallant self-sacrifice are in keeping with the finest traditions of the infantry and the United States Army.
General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 31 (March 21, 1952)
Action Date: 12-Sep-51
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Company: Company B
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 27th Infantry Regiment
Division: 25th Infantry Division