Sgt. William G. Windrich, Medal of Honor

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William Gordon Windrich

Also Known As: "windy"
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Death: December 02, 1950 (29)
Battle of Chosin Reservoir. (KIA)
Place of Burial: Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Herman Windrich and Marguerite Windrich
Husband of Margaret "Paddy" Windrich
Father of Private
Brother of Virginia "Ginnie" Swann

Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Sgt. William G. Windrich, 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 Staff Sergeant William Gordon Windrich (MCSN: 266468), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 1 December 1951, as a Platoon Sergeant of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Yudam-ni, North Korea, on the night of 1 December 1950. Promptly organizing a squad of men when the enemy launched a sudden, vicious counterattack against the forward elements of his company's position, rendering it untenable, Staff Sergeant Windrich, armed with a carbine, spearheaded the assault to the top of the knoll immediately confronting the overwhelming forces and, under shattering hostile automatic-weapons, mortar, and grenade fire, directed effective fire to hold back the attackers and cover the withdrawal of our troops to commanding ground.

With seven of his men struck down during the furious action and himself wounded in the head by a bursting grenade, he made his way to his company's position and, organizing a small group of volunteers, returned with them to evacuate the wounded and dying from the frozen hillside, staunchly refusing medical attention himself. Immediately redeploying the remainder of his troops, Staff Sergeant Windrich placed them on the left flank of the defensive sector before the enemy again attacked in force. Wounded in the leg during the bitter fight that followed, he bravely fought on with his men, shouting words of encouragement and directing their fire until the attack was repelled. Refusing evacuation although unable to stand, he still continued to direct his platoon in setting up defensive positions until weakened by the bitter cold, excessive loss of blood, and severe pain, he lapsed into unconsciousness and died. His valiant leadership, fortitude, and courageous fighting spirit against tremendous odds served to inspire others to heroic endeavor in holding the objective and reflect the highest credit upon Staff Sergeant Windrich and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 1-Dec-50

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Company I

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

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Sgt. William G. Windrich, Medal of Honor's Timeline

May 14, 1921
Chicago, Illinois, United States
December 2, 1950
Age 29
Battle of Chosin Reservoir.
Arlington, Arlington, Virginia, United States