First Lieutenant Seymour W. Terry
First Lieutenant Seymour Terry is being inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame for Valorous Combat Service. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions above and beyond the call of duty during combat on Okinawa.
Seymour Terry was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on 11 December 1918. He attended the University of Arkansas where he was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He enlisted in the Army on 17 June 1942 and entered Officer Candidate School where he earned his commission as a second lieutenant in January 1943. He was assigned to the 382nd Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, acting as a platoon leader, munitions officer, motor transport officer, and intelligence staff officer. A year later he was promoted to first lieutenant.
In July 1944, Terry took part in the invasion of Leyte, Philippines. In October 1944, he earned the Bronze Star for rescuing a wounded solider under mortar fire. His unit invaded Okinawa on 1 April. Five days later LT Terry was promoted to company commander, most likely due to the death or wounding of the original commander. On 27 April he was made commander of Company B, again likely due to the prior commander being killed or wounded. American casualties at that time averaged more than 1,000 per day including more than 150 deaths daily.
On 11 May 1945, General Buckner ordered the beginning of a new attack to wrest control of the southern half of the island from the Japanese. Company B was given the assignment of attacking Zebra Hill. LT Terry was killed in action while exhibiting courage that would result in his receiving a posthumous Medal of Honor.