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“Gerald B. Whiterock, All-American Hero: Valor Forever”

Based on the book On Hallowed Ground, The Last Battle for Pork Chop Hill, and additional research completed after the book was published, the article tells the tragic but inspiring true story of the only Nevada soldier killed in action on Pork Chop Hill, during the 6-11 July 1953 final battle for the outpost. Gerald Whiterock was an 18-year old Western Shoshone Indian from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation, astride the Nevada-Idaho border, northeast of Elko. He enlisted in the Army one day after his 18th birthday in October 1952, and was killed in action on Pork Chop Hill the morning of 9 July, less than three weeks prior to the Korean War armistice. A member of I Company, 3d Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, he was in a two-company counterattack intended to drive the Chinese from commanding positions they had held on the crest of the hill for three days.