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Sterling L. Morelock
Medal of Honor
Born (1890-06-05)June 5, 1890
Died September 1, 1964(1964-09-01) (aged 74)
Place of birth Silver Run, Maryland
Place of burial Arlington National Cemetery, Section 35
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal.svg United States Army
Rank Army-USA-OR-02.svgPrivate
Unit 028-Inf-Rgmt-DUI.pngCompany M, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Medal of Honor ribbon.svg Medal of Honor

Sterling Lewis Morelock (June 5, 1890 – September 1, 1964) was a United States Army private Soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in France during World War I.

Medal of Honor citation[edit | edit source]

Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company M, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Place and date: Near Exermont, France, 4 October 1918. Entered service at: Oquawka, Ill. Birth: Silver Run, Md. G.O. No.: 43, W.D., 1922.

Citation: While his company was being held up by heavy enemy fire, Pvt. Morelock, with 3 other men who were acting as runners at company headquarters, voluntarily led them as a patrol in advance of his company's frontline through an intense rifle, artillery, and machinegun fire and penetrated a woods which formed the German frontline. Encountering a series of 5 hostile machinegun nests, containing from 1 to 5 machineguns each, with his patrol he cleaned them all out, gained and held complete mastery of the situation until the arrival of his company commander with reinforcements, even though his entire party had become casualties. He rendered first aid to the injured and evacuated them by using stretcher bearers 10 German prisoners whom he had captured. Soon thereafter his company commander was wounded and while dressing his wound Pvt. Morelock was very severely wounded in the hip, which forced his evacuation. His heroic action and devotion to duty were an inspiration to the entire regiment.[1]

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