Football players at times describe “warriors” and “soldiers” when referring to exploits on the gridiron. It happens, and it’s a poor analogy, however if that’s the case than we’ll let military history steal some football vernacular as we describe Corporal Ronald E. Rosser’s actions in the hills surrounding Ponggilli, Korea on January 12, 1952. Rosser went straight up “Beast Mode” on four bunkers from which he took fire as a forward observer for the lead platoon of Company L, where he was with the mortar team.
Rosser and another soldier were observing the enemy when they took fire from two directions. Like a boss, the Columbus, Ohio native handed his radio to his cohort, and ran up a hill in an assault on one of the bunkers from which he took “fierce automatic-weapons, small-arms, artillery, and mortar fire,” again, by himself with a carbine and some grenades.
He eliminated the first bunker’s occupants with fire from his rifle, gaining the top of the hill as a result, from which he killed two more enemy. He’d run down a trench, ending five more enemy lives, before chucking grenades in a second bunker and shooting two emerging enemy.
He then ran BACK to his original position — through enemy fire — to reload, get more grenades and a bit of help. He’d then rinse and repeat one for time in assaults on two more enemy bunkers. All the help fell to enemy fire, but Rosser proceeded to attack the positioned enemies, killing thirteen in all, and helping his injured compatriots to safety.
For his badassery, the Ohioan would be awarded the Medal of Honor on June 27th, 1952, and he’d retire from the military after thirty years of service, as a Master Sergeant.
Today, well over a half century after then Cpl. Rosser went Beast Mode, we salute him. Thank you Sgt. Ronald Rosser.