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Donald Leroy Truesdell

Date of birth: August 8, 1906
Date of death: September 21, 1993
Burial location: Lugoff, South Carolina
Place of Birth: South Carolina, Lugoff
Home of record: Lugoff South Carolina


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Second Nicaraguan Campaign

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Donald Leroy Truesdell, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in action in Nicaragua. Corporal Truesdell was second in command of a Guardia Nacional Patrol in active operations against armed bandit forces in the vicinity of Constancia, near Coco River, northern Nicaragua, on 24 April 1932. While the patrol was in formation on the trail searching for a bandit group with which contact had just previously been made, a rifle grenade fell from its carrier and struck a rock, igniting the detonator. Several men close to the grenade at the time were in danger. Corporal Truesdell, who was several yards away, could easily have sought cover and safety for himself. Knowing full well the grenade would explode within two or three seconds, he rushed for the grenade, grasped it in his right hand, and attempted to throw it away from the patrol. The grenade exploded in his hand, blowing it off and inflicting serious multiple wounds about his body. Corporal Truesdell, in taking the full shock of the explosion himself, saved the members of the patrol from loss of life or serious injury.

Action Date: 24-Apr-32

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Corporal

Division: Guardia Nacional