Sterling L. Morelock grave marker
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company M, 28th Infantry, 1st Division. Date and Place of Action: Near Exermont, France, 4 October 1918.
Entered Service At: Oquawka, Ill.
Birth Date and Birth Place: 05 June 1890, Silver Run, Md.
G. O. No.: 43, W.D., 1922.
While his company was being held up by heavy enemy fire, Pvt. Morelock, with 3 other men who were acting as runners at company headquarters, voluntarily led them as a patrol in advance of his company’s frontline through an intense rifle, artillery, and machine gun fire and penetrated a woods which formed the German frontline. Encountering a series of 5 hostile machine gun nests, containing from 1 to 5 machine guns each, with his patrol he cleaned them all out, gained and held complete mastery of the situation until the arrival of his company commander with reinforcements, even though his entire party had become casualties. He rendered first aid to the injured and evacuated them by using as stretcher bearers 10 German prisoners whom he had captured. Soon thereafter his company commander was wounded and while dressing his wound Pvt. Morelock was very severely wounded in the hip, which forced his evacuation. His heroic action and devotion to duty were an inspiration to the entire regiment.