The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announces that Staff Sergeant Einar H. Ingman, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient, passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2015, in Irma, Wisconsin at the age of 85.
Staff Sergeant Ingman was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 6, 1929.
Ingman grew up on a nearby farm and joined the Army hoping to learn heavy equipment, but was assigned to the infantry. His heroic action occurred near Maltari, Korea, on February 26, 1951 when he was a corporal with the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea and his unit was tasked with attacking an enemy position. When the squad leaders were wounded, Ingman combined the two units and led the assault. He destroyed one of the machine gun nests and was advancing on the other when shot in the face. He unflinchingly continued his assault on the second nest killing the enemy soldiers with his bayonet before losing consciousness. It inspired his men to press the attack until the enemy broke into a disorganized retreat.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Harry S. Truman at a White House ceremony on July 5, 1951.
Funeral services will be on September 16, 2015. There are 78 recipients alive today.
About the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society was chartered by Congress in 1958 and consists exclusively of the living recipients of our nation’s highest award for bravery in combat, the Medal of Honor. Those who wear this light blue ribbon and Medal around their neck are “recipients” of this prestigious award; they are not “winners.” Although it is common to refer to the Medal as the Congressional Medal of Honor, it is simply named the Medal of Honor, although, as stated, the Congress did establish the Society as the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.
SOURCE Congressional Medal of Honor Society