Jake Lindsey, War Hero, Dead At Age 67
WAYNESBORO, Miss. (AP) _ Jake W. Lindsey, a Medal of Honor recipient nicknamed the ″one-man army″ for his exploits in World War II and the Korean War, has died of a heart attack at the age of 67.
Linsey, who died Monday at his home, was awarded 16 medals. He was the 100th U.S. infantryman to receive the nation’s highest military honor.
When he was presented the award before a joint session of Congress in 1945, President Harry S. Truman was said to have whispered to him: ″I’d rather have the Congressional Medal of Honor than be the president of the United States.″
An Mobile (Ala.) Press Register article at the time reported that despite a knee wound, Lindsey ″accounted personally for 20 killed, an untold number wounded, and three captured″ during one World War II engagement against the Nazis. He also knocked out two machine guns and captured two, the newspaper said.
Lindsey was responsible for killing 150 Chinese in one night during the Korean War, said Ron Busby, a specialist for the First National Reserve of Beaumont, Texas, which is producing a movie on Lindsey, ″Call of Duty.″
After retiring as a staff sergeant in 1963, he spent 10 years with the U.S. Forest Service.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille, two sons, two daughters and a granddaughter.
Funeral services were scheduled today.