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Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr.

Medal of Honor Recipient
U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army

Mitchell RedCloud, Jr. was born on July 2, 1924 near Hatfield, Jackson County, Wisconsin to Mitchell and Nellie RedCloud.

During World War II, he served in the Marine Corps from 1941 to 1945. At the age of 16 he served with the Carlson Raiders in the Pacific. in 1948, he enlisted in the Army and was serving during the Korean War when he was killed in action on November 5th, 1950. He is buried in the Decorah Cemetery near Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Mitchell RedCloud, Jr received nine medals for his service in World War II and the Korean War. One of those medals, the Medal of Honor, the highest military honor the United States of America awards to individuals, was awarded to him posthumously for his heroic actions during hostile fire. Even though he was mortally wounded, RedCloud repeatedly returned fire and thereby distracted the enemy. His courageous action saved the live of many members of his unit.