West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Richard Thomas Shea, Jr.
Richard Thomas Shea, Jr.
First Lieutenant, Infantry
for action near
Sokkogae, Korea, 6 to 8 July 1953
“ . . . He was supervising the reinforcement of defensive positions when the enemy attacked with great numerical superiority . . . He organized and led a counterattack . . . and killed two hostile soldiers with his trench knife. Calmly moving among the men . . . he fought side by side with them throughout the night. . . . The Hostile force pressed the assault. . . . Lieutenant Shea and his gallant men drove back the hostile troops. . . . (He) rallied a group of 20 men and again charged the enemy. Although wounded in this action, he refused evacuation and continued to lead the counterattack. When the assaulting element was pinned down by heavy machinegun fire, he personally rushed the emplacement and . . . killed three of the enemy. . . . On 8 July, the enemy attacked again. Despite additional wounds, he launched a determined counterattack and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. . . . ”
Class of 1952
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 41° 23.903′ N, 73° 57.859′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Townsley Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at Shea Stadium, on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shea Stadium (here, next to this marker); USMA Class of 1952 Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 1st Lt. Louis J. Storck (within shouting distance of this marker); Anderson Memorial Fountain (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wood Monument (about 700 feet away); Frederick Dent Grant (about 700 feet away); The Cadet Monument (about 700 feet away); The Old Cadet Chapel (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
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