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Clement Joseph Schlimgen

Date of death: September 4, 1951
Place of Birth: South Dakota, Dimock
Home of record: Lane Oregon
Status: KIA


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Clement Joseph Schlimgen (ASN: US-56094629), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of Company B, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action near Chup'a-ri, Korea. On 4 September 1951, the defensive positions of Sergeant Schlimgen's company were counterattacked by a fanatical enemy force. A rifle and machine gun squad assigned as the outpost guard bore the brunt of the attack. Sergeant Schlimgen, the assistant squad leader, immediately left his position of cover and exposed himself to the enemy fire to encourage and organize his men. He directed accurate machine gunfire on the enemy and inflicted heavy casualties before being ordered to withdraw. Then Sergeant Schlimgen, with complete disregard for his personal safety, ordered his comrades to withdraw and voluntarily remained behind to provide covering fire and to act as a rear guard. While performing this courageous feat, Sergeant Schlimgen was mortally wounded when his position was overrun by the numerically superior enemy force. The gallantry displayed by Sergeant Schlimgen reflect great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8 (January 7, 1952)

Action Date: September 4, 1951

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company B

Regiment: 17th Infantry Regiment

Division: 7th Infantry Division