Congressman Dan Benishek on Monday joined Congressman H. Morgan Griffith and Dale Larsen of Iron Mountain, MI, in awarding the Bronze Star with valor to James Rasnake, sixty one years after his service in Korea.
On September 14, 1950, Mr. Larsen and Mr. Rasnake were fighting side-by-side near the town of Shindo in Korea. As both men advanced against heavy mortar and machine gun fire, Mr. Larsen was shot in the leg and became immobile. As the enemy closed in for the kill with his bayonet raised, James Rasnake, taking aim from nearby, fired and killed the enemy soldier. Mr. Rasnake then quickly crawled to Dale, instructing him to wrap his arms around his neck while he pulled him to safety, saving his life.
For his heroism that day, Dale Larsen was awarded the Silver Star. James Rasnake’s actions, however, went unrecognized and Mr. Larsen has been seeking to recognize Mr. Rasnkae since 1953. After hearing of this story from Mr. Larsen, Congressman Benishek’s office worked with Congressman Griffith to secure the proper recognition for Mr. Rasnake’s heroism.
“Just as Dale Larsen has remembered him for over 60 years, American history will forever memorialize James Rasnake for what he is—a hero,” said Benishek.
Today at a ceremony in the Capitol, Mr. Rasnake was honored with the Bronze Star with valor. This award is the fourth-highest combat award for the United State Armed Forces.