Mar 24, 2014

McCarthy to Present Distinguished Service Cross Posthumously to Sergeant First Class Robert Keiser

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) will be presenting the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously to Sergeant First Class (SFC) Robert Keiser for heroic actions displayed during the Korean War. The award will be bestowed to his wife, Pamela Keiser. SFC Keiser lived in Randsburg, CA until he passed away in 2009.

While the Distinguished Service Cross was recommended for SFC Keiser years ago, time limitations from the date of the heroic act to when the award can be issued precluded issuance to SFC Keiser.

Congressman McCarthy contacted the Secretary of the Army to obtain written approval to waive the time limitation restrictions for SFC Keiser to receive the Distinguished Service Cross and included this approval in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act. The ceremony will take place in McCarthy’s Capitol office tomorrow, March 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM EST (7:30 AM PST)

The ceremony will be streamed at http://www.majoritywhip.gov/live

The Actions of SFC Robert F. Keiser

On 30 November 1950, Sergeant First Class Keiser and his division convoy approached a roadblock consisting of at least 20 damaged or abandoned American vehicles strewn across the Kunuri-Sunchon Road. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant First Class Keiser bounded forward under intense enemy fire and personally moved all the vehicles by physically pushing them or using the starter to propel them off the road into a steep ravine.

Upon finding a vehicle that would run, Sergeant First Class Keiser would load the dead and wounded lying in the road aboard the vehicles and command and threaten men hiding in the ditches to drive the vehicles through the pass to the safety of friendly lines. After clearing the road, Sergeant First Class Keiser proceeded to a stream a half-mile south of the pass and stood for an hour in a cold stream directing the division convoy through the ford.

Sergeant First Class Keiser’s aggressive action was unquestionably a decisive factor in saving hundreds of lives and the 2d Infantry Division’s successful withdrawal from the Kunuri-Sunchon Pass. His conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 2d Infantry Division and the United States Army.