Featured guest Ronald E. Rosser, a Korean War veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor, addressed the World War II Heritage Group of the Mahoning Valley March 17 at Ala Carte Catering, Canfield. Rosser is one of 78 surviving Medal of Honor recipients, which he earned in Korea.
After completing 10th grade at the age of 17, and the oldest of 17 children in his family, Rosser left high school to join the army. Trained to be a paratrooper, he was to see his first combat action in the frozen foothills of Korea. Assigned to Company L of the 38th Infantry Regiment, he earned his medal by braving fierce weapon fire in assaulting a hilltop objective three times being wounded during those attacks. Regardless of his own wound, he continued crossing the deadly ground in rescuing several wounded men under constant fire. President Harry Truman presented Rosser with the nations' greatest honor.
According to Rosser, he has met every president since Franklin Roosevelt and he helped with the burial of both the World War II and Korean War Unknown Soldiers in 1958. Rosser retired from the service in 1968 as a master sergeant.
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Ronald E. Rosser, Korean War veteran
Realizing his lack of graduating from High School left in the lower ranks, Rosser said he finished high school and earned a college degree. Today Rosser spends his time meeting with students and encouraging them to complete their education.
Rosser is a native of Columbus and resides in Roseville.
The next meeting of the World War II Heritage Group of the Mahoning Valley will be held April 21. The group meets regularly the third Monday of each month. The public is welcome to attend meetings. For more information, contact Dave Frank at 330-757-0515.