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In Memory

Royal Adalph Wisemore

Royal Adaph Wisemore
March 7, 1928 - May 2, 2000

Royal A. Wisemore, 72, of Tumwater and formerly of Leavenworth and Anchorage, Alaska, died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

He had served in the armed forces from 1943 to 1968. After retirement from the military, he worked for Alyeska Pipeline Service in Alaska as a pump station technician. He had lived in Tumwater for a year.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Louise Wisemore of the home; a daughter, Kathleen Wisemore of Tumwater; a son, Jack Wisemore of St. Andrews, Scotland; a brother, Howard Wisemore of Leavenworth; and three sisters, Winnie Paine of Benton City, Jean Gibson of Crescent, Ore., and Mildred Dunn of Yakima.

Commemoration services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene. Visitation will be 12-7 p.m. Sunday at Ward's Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth.

Arrangements are by Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth.

Note: While serving as Sergeant with the Medical Company, 5th Regiment, 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War, Royal A. Wisemore was awarded the Army Distinguished Cross for gallantry. 

Ward's Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, WA

 

 
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01/25/17 05:17 PM #1    

Larry Motschenbacher

I want to thank Royal's family for sharing this information from his Distinguished Service Cross award, our nation's 2nd highest military award.

WISEMORE, ROYAL A. Sergeant, U.S. Army Medical Co., 5th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division Date of Action: November 28, 1950 Citation: The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to Sergeant Royal A. Wisemore, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the Medical Company, Fifth Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, on November 28, 1950, in the vicinity of Kasan, Korea.

On that date, Company I's defensive positions were attacked by a numerically superior enemy force supported by intense artillery and mortar fire. Working tirelessly, Sergeant Wisemore moved among the friendly troops, giving medical aid to the many wounded. As the battle raged, enemy troops infiltrated the friendly defenses and Sergeant Wisemore, in order to evacuate the seriously wounded, was forced to move across terrain occupied by the enemy. Although it meant exposing himself to the concentrated fire of the hostile force, Sergeant Wisemore evacuated two men in this manner. After moving these men to positions of safety, he returned to Company I's defense line and found a man with a badly wounded foot. Upon attempting to carry him to the rear, Sergeant Wisemore found that the route was cut off by the enemy. He then carried the wounded man toward a road which he had observed earlier. Upon reaching the road, he found two men, who were cut off from the friendly forces which had withdrawn to a new defense line, engaged in a fierce firefight with the enemy.

Joining them in a position which was subjected to the concentrated fire of the enemy, Sergeant Wisemore used his own body to shield the wounded man from the many enemy grenades being hurled at them. As Sergeant Wisemore and his comrades distracted the enemy, the wounded man attempted to drag himself to safety. After remaining in their position for twenty minutes, the men, believing that the wounded man had reached the friendly lines, withdrew through the surrounding enemy to the new defense perimeter. As they reached a position of comparative safety, Sergeant Wisemore heard the wounded man, who had not been able to reach the friendly lines, call for help. Unhesitatingly, he rushed back across the fire-swept terrain and carried him to cover.

General Orders: HQ US Eighth Army Korea; General Orders No. 875 (November 11, 1951) 


01/29/17 02:39 PM #2    

Vol Williams

I met Royal in 1978 when I started at PS06. He was the medic at the 5 Mile Camp and an instant friend. He held regular "Rumor Control" meetings in the dispensary that were quite entertaining. As a technician he was a mentor to me and others. He was a good friend away from work as well, organizing "Crew Outings" in town for all of us at PS06 and PS05 that did wonders for our moral and ability to get along with one another. I always thought Wisemore was a perfect name for "PaPa" Royal, he was more wise than anyone I knew. I lost track of him for six years after leaving Pump 6 and was happy to find him again at Pump Station 1 when I transfered there in 1987, where we renewed a great friendship. I enjoyed his jokes and wisdom until he retired. One of the best human beings I have had the priviledge to know.


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