- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Lieutenant Colonel
- 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All American", U.S. Army (1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division "All-American" U.S. Army)
- Awarded on:
- August 18th, 1943
For extraordinary heroism in action on the day of 14 July 1943, South of Niscemi, Sicily. Lieutenant Colonel Gorham, Commanding 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, in the face of severe hostile artillery fire and counterattack by enemy tanks, rallied his paratroopers to hold their ground. Lieutenant Colonel Gorham personally manned a rocket launcher and destroyed one tank. While attempting to destroy another with hand grenades and a rifle, Lieutenant Colonel Gorham was killed. He stood forth in the forepart of the action, encouraging and inspiring his men to emulate his example, enabling them to hold forth until relieved.
*This is not correct; he was killed on July 12th during an engagement near Piano Lupo, Sicily.