An American World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient, who was hailed as an iconic figure and a hero for almost single-handedly holding off elite German troops’ counter attacks, has passed away this Tuesday in Washington State.
The name of this legendary war hero is Wilburn K. Ross, who was born in Kentucky, and he passed away at the age of 94.
Ross had been awarded the Medal of Honor back on April 23, 1945, for his actions that have been described as going “beyond the call of duty” near St. Jacques, France, just six months earlier, according to the citation of his Medal of Honor.
After the war ended, Ross returned back to Kentucky, and became a highway patrolman with the state, but eventually returned to the Army and became a Master Sergeant. During his last combat in duty in Korea, he was badly wounded for the fourth time, according to reports.
This caused him to retire and eventually settle in DuPont, Washington, where he later became a bus driver for a Veterans Administration hospital.
Ross was honored with a commemorative stamp twice, once in 1983 and the second time in 2013. He was a widower and is survived by his six children.
According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, there is 73 Medal of Honor recipients alive today.
Let’s spread the word and send our prayers for this hero and his family!