Biography

Roise, Harold Sigward [LtCol SS CO 2ndBn1stMR]

Roise, Harold Sigward

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Lieutenant Colonel Harold Sigward Roise (MCSN: 0-6134), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with a Marine Infantry Battalion, in Korea, on 17 September 1950. Lieutenant Colonel Roise, Commanding Officer, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), leaving the western outskirts of Pupyong after successfully repelling an enemy counter-attack at dawn, aggressively led his battalion in an attack over a distance of about eight miles to seize the vital objective of Kimpo Airfield. During this attack Lieutenant Colonel Roise remained well forward, constantly exposing himself to enemy fire, without regard for his own personal safety, so as to expedite and control the advance of his assault elements. When darkness approached he aggressively directed his companies to continue forward, and as darkness fell his assaulting companies, using attached tanks, advanced and seized Kimpo Airfield. Due to the excellent disposition and control of all elements in his command, Lieutenant Colonel Roise seized the objective and established a night defense that was successful in repelling a night counter-attack, of several hundred enemy just prior to dawn. By his audacious and superb leadership and his heroic bravery, Lieutenant Colonel Roise successfully attained this important objective thereby materially contributing to the success of this campaign. His actions throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. Headquarters, X Corps, General Orders No. 24 (November 5, 1950). Born: Moscow, Idaho. Home Town: Moscow, Idaho.