Sherrod Emerson Skinner, Jr.
Second Lieutenant, United States Marine Corps
|Born on October 29, 1929
in Hartford, Connecticut, he received the Medal of
Honor while serving with the US Marine Corps in Korea on October
26, 1952, where he was killed in action. He was temporarily buried in Korea
and his body was returned to the United States in January 1953 where it
was buried in Section 3 of Arlington National Cemetery.
He was the 35th Marine to be awared the Medal of Honor for service
Marine Second Lieutenant Sherrod Emerson Skinner, Jr., of East Lansing, Michigan, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for the gallant defense of his outpost on “The Hook” in Korea, at the cost of his life, October 26, 1952.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sherrod E. Skinner, of East Lansing, were notified by General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., Commandant of the Marine Corps, that their heroic son was the 35th Marine to be awarded the Nation’s highest decoration since the start of the Korean War.
Lieutenant Skinner was a forward artillery observer with the 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division, in a vital forward outpost when it was attacked by the enemy under cover of heavy artillery fire. He continued the defense of the position until ammunition was exhausted and then directed his men to feign death as the enemy overran the position. When a grenade was thrown among the Marines, he threw himself on it, sacrificing his own life to protect his men.
Lieutenant Skinner, who went to Korea in September 1952, was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received in his final action. He and his twin brother, David C. Skinner, had joined the Marine Corps Reserve together.
The late Lieutenant Skinner was born October 29, 1929, at Hartford, Connecticut, and attended grammar school in East Lansing. In 1947, he graduated from Milton Academy, Milton, Massachusetts, and entered Harvard University. While at Harvard he and David entered the Marine Corps Reserve Platoon Leaders program, serving on active duty during the summers of 1948 and 1949. He was appointed a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve on October 9, 1951, and was ordered to active duty the following day.
In March 1952, after completing the Marine Officers Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, Lieutenant Skinner entered the Battery Officer Course in the Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and completed the artillery course in July 1952. He then trained at Camp Pendleton, California, until he left for Korea.
In addition to the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart, Lieutenant Skinner was entitled to the Korean Service Medal with one bronze star and the United Nations Service Medal.
Survivors include his parents; twin brother, David; and two sisters, Mrs. Peter N. Sherrill, and Mrs. Don A. Cargill. Lieutenant Skinner’s remains were returned to Arlington National Cemetery for burial in January 1953.
SKINNER, SHERROD E., JR.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Battery F, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place and date: Korea, 26 October 1952. Entered service at: East Lansing, Michigan. Born: 29 October 1929, Hartford, Connecticut.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life
above and beyond the call of duty as an artillery forward observer of Battery
F, in action against enemy aggressor forces on the night of 26 October
1952. When his
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins
Sherrod Emerson Skinner, Jr.
Born at Hartford, Connecticut, October 29, 1929. Second Lieutenant,
US Marine Corps . Killed in Action October 26, 1952 in Korea. Second Lieutenant
Skinner was a forward observer with Battery F, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines,
1st Marine Division. On October 26, 1952 during the "Battle of the Hook"
in Korea, he led a forward observer outpost directing fire on the advancing
enemy. As his outpost was about to be overrun, he delivered machine gun
fire on the enemy. When an enemy grenade fell in the outpost, he fell upon
it to protect his comrades. For his leadership and great valor, Second
Lieutenant Skinner was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart
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