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Lt. Col. Carl C. Jensen - Fallen

Carl C. Jensen
Wells County, ND
County: Wells
Korea - Fallen
Date of Loss: July 12, 1950 / Age: 38
Branch of Service: Army
Company/Division: 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division

Colonel Jensen remained behind and personally directed the withdrawal of all units of his Battalion. When the withdrawal was complete, he himself began to withdraw from the forward position, collecting stragglers as he withdrew. As he led his small group of stragglers from the forward positions, they were pinned down by heavy enemy automatic weapons fire. Colonel Jensen once more exposed himself to the enemy fire, placing his men in positions from where the most effective fire could be delivered. He himself then took up a position and attempted to destroy as many enemy as possible.

The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Carl C. Jensen (ASN: 0-38904), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of the 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Jensen distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces at Chonji, Korea, on 12 July 1950. On that date, when a numerically superior enemy force, supported by artillery and armor, attacked the 3d Battalion's position, Colonel Jensen displayed outstanding leadership ability and personal courage. He voluntarily exposed himself to the intense artillery, mortar, and small-arms fire and reorganized small groups of withdrawing troops and replaced them in the defense line. By his calmness under extremely heavy enemy fire, he inspired his men to the highest possible degree of determination and confidence. When the order to withdraw was issued, Colonel Jensen remained behind and personally directed the withdrawal of all units of his Battalion. When the withdrawal was complete, he himself began to withdraw from the forward position, collecting stragglers as he withdrew. As he led his small group of straggler from the forward positions, they were pinned down by heavy enemy automatic weapons fire. Colonel Jensen once more exposed himself to the enemy fire, placing his men in positions from where the most effective fire could be delivered. He himself then took up a position and attempted to destroy as many enemy as possible. His utter disregard for personal safety, his exceptional leadership ability, courage, and devotion to duty, were directly responsible for saving the lives of many of the men in his command.

General Orders: Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 189 (December 5, 1950)

Buried at:
The Black Hills National Cemetery
Sturgis, SD