Captain Carlton R. Rouh, USMCR, (1919-1977)
Carlton Robert Rouh was born on 11 May 1919 in Lindenwold, New Jersey. He enlisted from that same state in the U.S. Marine Corps in January 1942. Following Basic Training, he departed for combat duty in the Pacific, where he participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, earning the Silver Star while also receiving a battlefield commission to Second Lieutenant. Rouh later participated in New Britain Campaign, which was followed by a promotion to First Lieutenant.
On 15 September 1944, Rouh served with the First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division against the Japanese enemy on Peleliu Island, Palau Group. During battle, he was severely wounded on a reconnaissance mission and was taken to a less exposed area by his comrades. Receiving first aid, an enemy grenade was thrown in their midst. Realizing the peril of the situation, Rouh covered the missile with his body and absorbed the blast, saving the lives of his comrades. Surviving the blast, he was evacuated. For his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity" on this occasion, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was later retired from active duty and was promoted to Captain in the reserves. Carlton R. Rouh died on 8 December 1977 and is buried at Berlin Cemetery, Berlin, New Jersey.
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Medal of Honor citation of First Lieutenant Carlton R. Rouh, USMCR (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 253):
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