Friday

August 25, 1950

Day 62


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4

August

"General William F. Dean was reported missing in action as his 24th Infantry Division fought its way out of Taejŏn'

During that action, he set the example by single-handedly attacking a T34 tank with a grenade and directing the fire of others from an exposed position. As his division withdrew, he remained with the rearguard, rounding up stragglers and aiding the wounded.

It was learned later that he had been captured about 35 miles south of Taejŏn' on 25 August. Since the Communists kept his capture a secret, he was presumed dead.

In early 1951, President Truman presented the Medal of Honor to his wife in a White House ceremony. He was the only general officer and, at fifty-one, the oldest man to receive the Medal of Honor during the Korean War."

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