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Ridgeley in Mineral County, West Virginia — The American South (Appalachia)
 

William Edward Shuck, Jr.

 
 
William Edward Shuck, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
1. William Edward Shuck, Jr. Marker
Inscription.  
In grateful memory of
William Edward Shuck, Jr.
who died in service of his country
on 3 July 1952
in Korea
He stands in the unbroken line of patriots who have dared to die
that freedom might live, and grow, and increase its blessings.
Freedom lives, and through it, he lives—
in a way that humbles the undertakings of most men

 
Erected 1985 by Citizens, Town of Ridgeley, WV.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 39° 38.869′ N, 78° 45.986′ W. Marker is in Ridgeley, West Virginia, in Mineral County. Marker is on Bridge Street (West Virginia Route 28) north of John Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5 Bridge Street, Ridgeley WV 26753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Ohio (a few steps from this marker); Cumberland Gateway Westward (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line in Maryland); Our Local Indian Heritage
William Edward Shuck, Jr. Medal of Honor Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, April 15, 2000
2. William Edward Shuck, Jr. Medal of Honor Grave Marker
He is a Medal of Honor Recipient for action in the Korean War. He is buried in Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery, Cumberland, MD in Section K, Lot 7. The grave GPS is LAT 39.6538 LON -78.7795. He was killed in action. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *SHUCK, WILLIAM E., JR. • Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). • Place and date: Korea, 3 July 1952. • Entered service at: Cumberland, Md. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader of Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When his platoon was subjected to a devastating barrage of enemy small-arms, grenade, artillery, and mortar fire during an assault against strongly fortified hill positions well forward of the main line of resistance, S/Sgt. Shuck, although painfully wounded, refused medical attention and continued to lead his machine gun squad in the attack. Unhesitatingly assuming command of a rifle squad when the leader became a casualty, he skillfully organized the 2 squads into an attacking force and led 2 more daring assaults upon the hostile positions. Wounded a second time, he steadfastly refused evacuation and remained in the foremost position under heavy fire until assured that all dead and wounded were evacuated. Mortally wounded by an enemy sniper bullet while voluntarily assisting in the removal of the last casualty, S/Sgt. Shuck, by his fortitude and great personal valor in the face of overwhelming odds, served to inspire all who observed him. His unyielding courage throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
(about 600 feet away in Maryland); Palisado Fort or Stockade (about 600 feet away in Maryland); Col. Joshua Fry (about 800 feet away in Maryland); The Old National Pike (about 800 feet away in Maryland); George Washington at Will’s Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland); Headquarters of George Washington (approx. 0.2 miles away in Maryland).
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
William Edward Shuck, Jr. new Medal of Honor grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, January 15, 2005
3. William Edward Shuck, Jr. new Medal of Honor grave Marker
This marker was placed on his grave site in 2004.
William Edward Shuck, Jr. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 24, 2019
4. William Edward Shuck, Jr. Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.   2, 3. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on May 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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