WAR VETERAN GIVES MEDAL TO STATEHOUSE
By Andrew Welsh-Huggins
COLUMBUS, Ohio –Almost 50 years have passed since Ronald Rosser received the Congressional Medal of Honor—the country’s highest distinction for military valor—for his actions during a day of deadly fighting in the Korean War.
Over the years, Rosser came to a decision that led to his donation of the medal to the Statehouse in a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11. "I realized this medal really doesn’t belong to me anymore," he said. "I was merely holding it for the next generation."
Rosser told about 70 veterans and family members that he couldn’t stand the thought that the medal might end up in a drawer or hanging on someone’s wall. "I wanted it to be someplace where it could do some good, where it could teach children what this country’s worth," said Rosser.
Rosser was a 22-year-old corporal on
Rosser was a forward observer with the company’s lead platoon when it came under heavy fire. In three charges over several hours, Rosser killed at least 13 Chinese soldiers, according to his Medal of Honor citation.
As his platoon withdrew, "though himself wounded, (Rosser) made several trips across open terrain still under enemy fire to help remove other men injured more seriously than himself," the citation said.
Rosser, now 70, grew up one of 17 brothers
and sisters near Crooksville in southeastern
Rosser donated the medal the same week that
a religious ceremony in
Rosser doesn’t dispute the events described
in Associated Press reports about Nogun-ri and other
"Sometimes innocent civilians get caught in a thing like that," he said.