The Army lost one of its Korean War heroes. Ronald E. Rosser, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, in Bumpus Mills, TN, at the age of 90.
Rosser was born in Columbus, Ohio, on October 24, 1929. He was the oldest of 17 children. He joined the Army at age 17 and served for three years. He reenlisted in 1951 after his younger brother Richard was killed in Korea. He requested combat duty in Korea and was assigned to the heavy mortar company of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.
On January 12, 1952, on a bitterly cold morning in the Iron Triangle in the vicinity of Ponggilli, he was acting as a spotter for the mortars. When Love Company of the 38th Regiment began an assault on Star Hill, an enemy machinegun cut loose, ambushing the GIs moving up the hill. Rossen heard someone say, “Let’s go.” He dropped the radio he was using, grabbed his carbine, and a fistful of grenades.
Charging ahead of the attack, Rosser dove into a trench. He then quickly killed two of the enemy, one with a shot in the head, the other in the chest. It was just then that he realized that the trench was filled with members of the Chinese enemy unit that had killed his brother Richard less than a year before.