A service member has to do something pretty heroic to earn the Medal of Honor and one sergeant from Tomahawk did just that. In fact, he is the last living Medal of Honor recipient in Wisconsin and he is being honored again, but this time he is pictured on the Korean War Medal of Honor Stamps folio cover.
Sergeant Einar Ingman served with the 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division in Korea and became corporal in February of 1951. He was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart.
Sgt. Ingman's squad was supposed to assault a fortified ridge-top position, but when his two commanders were wounded, he took charge, put two squads together and single-handedly attacked a machine gun nest. Then, while going after a second nest, he suffered facial wounds when a nearby grenade went off.
"Despite his wounds, he was able to also eraticate that nest and then he fell unconcious from his wounds," said Tomahawk's Post Master Alan Bishop. "The next thing he knew he woke up in a hospital in Japan and he was hospitalized for quite some time. Very heroic individual."
There are twelve other Korean War Medal of Honor recipients also featured on the stamp folio, but four of them passed away before they could see the final product.
The limited edition stamps are available at your local post office. The City of Tomahawk is planning a special celebration for the Sgt. on his 85th birthday on October 6.
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