Black River Falls in Jackson County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr.
(US Marine Corps & US Army)
Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. was born on July 2, 1924 near Hatfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Mitchell and Nellie RedCloud.
During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945. At the age of 16 he served with the Carlson Raiders in the Pacific. In 1948 he enlisted in the Army and was serving during the Korean War when he was killed in action on Nov. 5, 1950. He is buried in the Decorah Cemetery near Black River Falls, Wi.
Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. received nine medals for his service in World War II and the Korean War. One of those medals, the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor the United States of America awards to individuals, was awarded to him posthumously for his heroic actions during hostile fire. Even though he was mortally wounded, RedCloud repeatedly returned fire and thereby distracted the enemy. His courageous action saved the lives of many members of his unit.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 44° 17.852′ N, 90° 50.867′ W. Marker is in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, in Jackson County. Marker can be reached from North Water Street (U.S. 12) north of Harrison Touch for map. Marker is between the two sidewalks leading from the Foundation Trail (a walking / biking trail) to the Field of Honor Veterans Memorial. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 North Water Street, Black River Falls WI 54615, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Field of Honor (a few steps from this marker); Site of the First Wood-Spaulding Saw Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Lunda Construction Co. (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hoffman Construction Company (approx. 0.2 miles away); Moe Hardware (approx. 0.2 miles away); Pfaffsprairie Farm (approx. 0.2 miles away); Arnold Jacobson Farm (approx. ¼ mile away); Hagen's A&W (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Black River Falls.
More about this marker. Other sources show the birth year as 1925.
Regarding Cpl. Mitchell RedCloud Jr.. “With utter fearlessness he maintained his firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing assistance, he pulled himself to his feet and wrapped his arm around a tree, (and) continued his deadly fire until fatally wounded.”
It has been told eight bullets hit him before he fell. He was 26 years old. It was for his heroic action during the Korean War that he received the military's highest award, The Medal of Honor. Red Cloud was the eighth man to receive the award during the Korean War.
In 1983, Red Cloud was the first Winnebago (Ho-Chunk) Indian to be accepted into the American Indian Hall of Fame at Anadarko, Okla. He took his place among other famous Native Americans, Chief Joseph, Will Rogers, Pocahontas, and Jim Thorpe. Sculptor Kenneth Campbell, an art history professor at the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire, carved two busts in his honor. One of the busts is on display at the American Indian Hall of Fame. The other was displayed at ECS on a temporary basis and since has been returned to Red Cloud’s family in Black River Falls. Campbell served with Red Cloud in the Army.
At least three places are named for Red Cloud—a park in La Crosse (Wisconsin), a rifle range in Fort Benning, Ga. and an Army base near Uijongbu, Korea. In 1951, his picture was on the cover of “Life Magazine.” Esquire featured a painting called “Corporal Red Cloud’s Last Stand.”
Source: 2007 excerpts from medalofhonor.com
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Also see . . .
1. Red Cloud, Part Four. (Submitted on January 5, 2015.)
2. Photo of Medal of Honor Recipient Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. (Submitted on January 5, 2015.)
3. Mitchell Red Cloud Jr.: Korean War Hero. (Submitted on January 5, 2015.)
Additional keywords. Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.
Categories. • Native Americans • War, Korean •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 5, 2015, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 247 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 5, 2015, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.