Todd was awarded the Soldier’s Medal ( this medal supersedes the award of the Army Commendation Medal) “for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy as a member of Company D, 1st Battle Group, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Eighth United States Army, on 6 March 1963, in Korea. Sergeant Todd unhesitatingly volunteered to traverse a mine field to rescue a soldier who was seriously wounded by a mine explosion. During more than one hour of extremely hazardous efforts in clearing a lane to the injured soldier, Sergeant Todd and his comrades located and disarmed numerous mines. When he and the other members of the rescue party had advance to within approximately twenty meters of the injured soldier, a helicopter lowered a sling in an attempt to airlift him from the dangerous area. Observing that the soldier was too weak to tie himself securely to the sling and was in danger of falling or rolling onto other mines, Sergeant Todd, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, rushed through the remaining distance of the un-cleared mine field, and assisted him into the sling. Sergeant Todd’s heroic action, devotion to duty, and deep concern for a fellow soldier are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself and the United States Army”
He saw service through the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, receiving three wounds in action. He was awarded the Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.
We honor you, Forrest Todd.