Marine Corps League Detachment (Medal of Honor recipient Mitchell Redcloud Jr) serving Marines, all veterans and communities in west central WI since '10
The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.
Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr. was born in 1924 near Hatfield, Wisconsin. In 1941 at the age of 16 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in the Pacific Theater with the Carlson Raiders during World War II. He received his discharge from the military in 1945, but re-enlisted in the US Army in 1949. In January of 1950, Red Cloud received his diploma from BRFHS after completing his education in the military. On November 5th 1950, Corporal Red Cloud was killed in the area of Chonghyon, North Korea while holding off a contingent of Chinese Communist forces long enough for his company to consolidate its position and evacuate the wounded. For his "dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice," President Harry S Truman posthumously awarded Corporal Red Cloud the Medal of Honor in July of 1951. Nellie Red Cloud, Mitchell's mother, received the Medal from Omar Bradley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Cpl. Red Cloud, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. From his position on the point of a ridge immediately in front of the company command post he was the first to detect the approach of the Chinese Communist forces and give the alarm as the enemy charged from a brush-covered area less than 100 feet from him. Springing up, he delivered devastating pointblank automatic rifle fire into the advancing enemy. His accurate and intense fire checked this assault and gained time for the company to consolidate its defense. With utter fearlessness he maintained his firing position until severely wounded by enemy fire. Refusing assistance he pulled himself to his feet and, wrapping his arm around a tree, continued his deadly fire again, until he was fatally wounded. This heroic act stopped the enemy from overrunning his company's position and gained time for reorganization and evacuation of the wounded. Cpl. Red Cloud's dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflects the highest credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.