86-year-old Medal of Honor recipient continues to share war story

86-year-old Medal of Honor recipient continues to share war story


So some of the tributes are happening early. This is the 10th year of the Patriot Day event at the Austintown Quaker Steak & Lube. 27 First News reporter James Santelli met a Medal of Honor recipient from just outside Zanesville… and a Gold Star mother from Trumbull County. Each connected by brotherhood. “HE ALWAYS MADE ME SO PROUD OF HIM. AND I’M ONLY HERE SO THAT, SOME DAY, HE’LL BE PROUD OF ME.” Sgt. Robert Carr of Champion was just 10 days away from coming home… When he was killed by an explosive device in Iraq. He was 22. “ON MARCH 13, WHEN THOSE TWO OFFICERS CAME TO THE DOOR, IT HIT.” Chris says her son wanted to enlist because his older brother Matt had joined. In the same way, a brotherly connection called to Sgt. Ronald Rosser. The oldest of 17 children, he wanted to go back to Korea when one of his younger brothers was killed early in the war. “YOU DON’T KILL ONE OF MY BROTHERS AND GET AWAY WITH IT. I’LL TRACK YOU AROUND THE WORLD.” Then Corporal Rosser, his command took him behind enemy lines. On one of his missions… “I WENT OUT WITH 73 MEN, AND 6 MADE IT BACK ALIVE.” Then January 12th, 1952. Corporal Rosser, his Captain and 33 other men tried to take a hill fortified by hundreds of Chinese soldiers. “AND HE SAID, ‘HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT?’ AND I SAID, ‘STRAIGHT IN SHOOTING, CAPTAIN.’ HE SAID, ‘YOU KNOW YOU’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT, RIGHT?’ AND I SAID, ‘WELL, WE’LL GIVE IT A TRY, CAPTAIN.'” He had just a carbine and a grenade at his side. “I KNOCKED OUT A COMMAND BUNKER, A TROOP BUNKER, AND A BUNCH OF MACHINE GUN AND RIFLE PITS. UNBELIEVABLY LUCKY THAT I DIDN’T GET KILLED. I EVEN REALIZE THAT NOW.” His medal of honor citation credits Corporal Rosser with single-handedly killing 13 Chinese soldiers that day… And having a realization. “THAT THEY COULDN’T GET ME.” Soldiers are always coming up to salute Ronald Rosser… And to thank him. And before tonight’s Patriot Day ceremony, Gold Star Mother Chris Wortman wanted a picture and a hug. “IF I GET A HUG FROM A SOLDIER, IT’S LIKE GETTING A HUG FROM MY SON.” In Austintown, James Santelli, WKBN 27

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