On January 12, 1952, a very cold day, Corporal Ronald E. Rosser, of the U.S. Army’s 38th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division, was holding nothing more harmful than a radio, acting as a communications “pointer”. As Love Company started up Star Hill in the Iron Triangle in the vicinity of Ponggilli, Korea, a burst of machine gun fire betrayed an enemy ambush. Hearing a voice say, “Let’s go,” he dropped the radio, grabbed his carbine and a fistful of grenades. Ron Rosser was about to enter the history books.
Charging ahead of the rest and diving into a trench, Ron quickly killed two of the enemy, one with a shot in the head, the other in the chest. It was just the beginning, as he realized that the trench was filled with members of an enemy group that just 11 months ago had killed his brother Richard. Five more of the enemy were dead in minutes. Hurling a grenade into a bunker, he shot two more Reds as they came out.
Now out of ammunition, Rosser ran back to resupply ammunition and grenades. Returning to the front, he led charges on two more bunkers. With friends falling all around him, he fought on until out of ammunition again. A third time he would charge up the slopes of Star Hill, until, on that single day of action, Ron Rosser had single-handedly killed 13 of the enemy. Though wounded, Rosser spent the rest of the battle retrieving wounded friends from between the lines.
General Orders No. 67, dated July 7, 1952, awarded Ron Rosser the Medal Of Honor. See Medal of Honor Citations for the full citation and listing of other recipients. It was presented to him by President Harry S. Truman at the White House.
Ron ended his military career as a Master Sergeant. He is one of two Ohio residents still living to have received the Medal Of Honor in the state of Ohio.
The Motts Military Museum is proud to have Ron Rosser serving on its Advisory Board.