Woonsocket Call

Wilburn K. Ross, 94; Medal of Honor recipient in WWII

- By MATT SCHUDEL The Washington Post

Retired Master Sgt. Wilburn K. Ross, an Army machinegun­ner who received the Medal of Honor for singlehand­edly fighting back eight German counteratt­acks during a World War II battle in France, died May 9 in Washington state. He was 94.

His death was announced by the Congressio­nal Medal of Honor Society. The cause was not disclosed.

Sgt. Ross — then a private — served in the Army's storied 3rd Infantry Division during World War II and saw combat in Morocco and Italy, where he was wounded by shrapnel in 1943. A year later, his unit had pushed on to eastern France, where it encountere­d elite German alpine troops in the Vosges Mountains.

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