In honor of the brave men and women who serve this great country, past and present, and for the education of future generations. Every Monday we will post a full Medal of Honor citation to highlight the courage and self-sacrifice of the recipient.
Agerholm, Harold Christ, Pfc. USMC
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 4th Battalion, 10th Marines, 2d Marine Division, in action against enemy Japanese forces on Saipan, Marianas Islands, 7 July 1944. When the enemy launched a fierce, determined counterattack against our positions and overran a neighboring artillery battalion, Pfc. Agerholm immediately volunteered to assist in the efforts to check the hostile attack and evacuate our wounded. Locating and appropriating an abandoned ambulance jeep, he repeatedly made extremely perilous trips under heavy rifle and mortar fire and single-handedly loaded and evacuated approximately 45 casualties, working tirelessly and with utter disregard for his own safety during a grueling period of more than 3 hours. Despite intense, persistent enemy fire, he ran out to aid 2 men whom he believed to be wounded marines but was himself mortally wounded by a Japanese sniper while carrying out his hazardous mission. Pfc. Agerholm’s brilliant initiative, great personal valor and self-sacrificing efforts in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon himself and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
|PLACE OF BIRTH||WI|
|BIRTH DATE||Jan 29, 1925|
|SERVICE BRANCH||U.S. Marine Corps|
|DIVISION||2d Marine Division|
|CONFLICT||World War II|
|DATE OF ACTION||Jul 07, 1944|
|LOCATION AND DETAILS||Saipan, Marianas Islands|