Story by Josiah Wilson and Erin Wittkop, Defense Media Activity
Over 60 years ago, American service members engaged in one of the most intense and brutal wars our nation has ever seen. During this time, legendary military leaders were made. Leaders like Army Maj. Gen. William F. Dean, 24th Infantry Division commanding general and Medal of Honor recipient.
He was tasked with protecting the city of Taejon, South Korea, until more U.S. troops could arrive from Japan to support their efforts. The city eventually came under attack and Maj. Gen. Dean personally led his men, armed only with handguns and hand grenades, to destroy the attacking North Korean tanks.
He was last seen assisting wounded troops under his command to safety before being taken as a Prisoner of War. Here’s his story:
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