MSG Wilburn K. Ross, Medal of Honor recipient for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty for 36 straight hours near St. Jacques, France from October 30-31, 1944, passed away on May 9, 2017.
Born May 12, 1922 in Strunk, Kentucky, MSG Ross was drafted and joined the Army in 1942. He saw combat in Casablanca, Morocco and fought through five combat landings in Sicily and France before his actions in October of 1943. He and his unit eventually pushed through into Germany, helping end World War II.
Then Private Ross was awarded the Medal of Honor in a ceremony with four other recipients from the 30th Infantry Regiment at Hitler Stadium in Nuremburg on April 14, 1945. He left military service shortly after that and returned home to a heroes’ welcome. In 1948, he enlisted in the newly formed Air Force but quickly rejoined the Army.
MSG Ross fought in Korea and was badly injured by machine gun fire near Pusan in 1950. After a medevac, treatment and recovery, MSG Ross continued to serve until his retirement after more than twenty years of service.
Hero, friend, neighbor: DuPont and a grateful nation lost a great person on Tuesday.
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