Company A, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Sebille was awarded the Army version of the medal; the Air Force, which was only four years old at the time, didn't unveil its own until 1965. CHRISTIANSON, STANLEY R. (posthumous), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein. Read Next: This Historic Colt 1911 Pistol Carried at Iwo Jima Is About to Go Up for Auction. Williams is taking the quest for a Medal of Honor in stride. Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Unsuccessful in this, he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. Read about Hudner's dramatic MoH mission, an attempted rescue of our first Black naval aviator. Call it a combination of skill, experience, instinct, sheer luck and true grit, but Nov. 18, 1952 was not Williams' day to die. Navy Medal of Honor: Korean Conflict 1950-1953. Medal of Honor Sought for US Korean War Pilot Retired Navy Capt. Please direct all licensing questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. This was because he was being held as a Prisoner of War by the Communists at the time. )., Korea, 4 November 1950. HC Hammond's platoon was subjected to a murderous barrage of hostile mortar and artillery fire, followed by a vicious assault by onrushing enemy troops. )., Vicinity Chinhung-ni, Korea, 6 November 1950. Van Nuys, Calif. MAUSERT, FREDERICK W., III (posthumous), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein. Their names are followed by their rank and rate, if known, the date of the action and the vessel or unit on which they served. )., Korea, 26 October 1952. Medical corpsman; aided many fallen Marines under heavy fire. This operation was reportedly the agency's first and was assigned the code name Canoe, according to recently released classified documents. As history shows time and time again, it didn't worry anyone who was fighting in Korea. (j.g.) He briefly encountered friendly fire as he approached his carrier. Although severely wounded singlehandedly defeated an enemy gun emlacement and drew enemy fire away from his men. Benfold, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his 2 comrades. Company B, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. )., Hill 749, Korea, 15 and 16 September 1951. For 40 years, Williams was mum about that encounter. John Kelvin Koelsch, United States Navy. )., Vicinity of Sudong, Korea, 2 November 1950. He shot another MiG as it flew alongside, then had to dodge the debris as the jet disintegrated. So he didn't. Hospital Corpsman John E. Kilmer, United States Navy. Company A, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Killed by a burst of machine gun fire after destroying an enemy gun emplacement, Although painfully wounded he continued to fight off the enemy until they were defeated, Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Sacrificed his life by remaining in an exposed position and covering the platoon's withdrawal, In taking an occupied hill, he led the last major American bayonet charge, Killed by a burst of small arms fire after single-handedly covering his squad's escape, Company H, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. Medical corpsman; sacrificed his life treating and directing wounded Marines until struck by a round of enemy mortar fire. "Williams has never sought this recognition," Ohnstad notes. E. Royce Williams recounts the story of his dogfight with seven Soviet MiG fighters in … It's in his past. BAUGH, WILLIAM B. Now members of American Legion Post 416 in Encinitas want to shed light on the retired Navy captain's distinguished service. An automatic rifleman, Rivera tenaciously held a forward position exposed to heavy fire; when his rifle became inoperative, Rivera used his pistol and grenades, and eventually fought hand-to-hand and forced back the enemy. These individuals earned the Navy Medal of Honor during the period specified. )., Vicinity Hagaru-ri, Korea, 1 through 4 December 1950. "Success in this case is an uphill battle," Shelton says. These individuals earned the Navy Medal of Honor during the period specified. They are campaigning to get him the Medal of Honor while he is still among us. He survived because, in an unusual move, the carrier captain changed the direction of the ship to align it with Williams' flight path. Hudner radioed the rescue crews to bring an ax and a fire extinguisher. He alternated between evasive action and getting close enough to take a shot, as the aircraft weren't equipped with laser-guided weapons back then. SKINNER, SHERROD E., JR. (posthumous), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Battery F, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein. With his company engaged in defending a vitally important hill position well forward of the main line of resistance during an assault by large concentrations of hostile troops, HC Kilmer repeatedly braved intense enemy mortar, artillery, and sniper fire to move from 1 position to another, administering aid to the wounded and expediting their evacuation. He recalls jerking his plane higher and lower to evade a barrage of shots. McLAUGHLlN, ALFORD L., Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Company L, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein. )., Kwagch'i-Dong, Korea, 29 May 1951. Advancing platoons of Marines, including bazookamen, flamethrowers, automatic riflemen, and sharpshooters, find low-flying "Corsair" fighter-bombers coming to … Despite some problems, the Western Hemisphere "neighborhood" is safe and prospering, a deputy assistant secretary of defense said. But the pilot wasn't thinking about medals. Williams was forced to return to his carrier after being hit by a shell that damaged his hydraulic and electrical systems. Naval Service. President Truman had ordered the integration of the Armed Forces of the United States only two years prior. Held the most vulnerable position on his company's position throughout the night, accurately hurling hand grenades at short range when hostile troops approached. Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the on-rushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Although losing 170 of his men during 14 hours of combat in subzero temperatures, continued to reorganize his unit and spearhead the attack which resulted in 600 enemy killed and 500 wounded. Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Company I, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, Killed after volunteering to stay behind and keep the enemy at bay so his unit could pull out, Crawled thirty yards across an open rice field to single-handedly destroy an enemy tank, Sacrificed his life to save his fellow Marines by smothering a grenade with his body, Killed after refusing medical aid and being charged by the enemy he was found with over 100 enemy dead, Exposed himself to attacks to supervise the defense of their position and the treatment and evacuation of the wounded. The fledgling National Security Agency (nicknamed No Such Agency because of its intelligence gathering role) had a unit aboard a nearby cruiser, the USS Helena, and was intercepting Soviet communications — a capability it did not want made public. Naval Service. Congress granted the Army authority to move lower-ranking officers into critical unit positions as part of the 2019 NDAA. Resolutely advancing through the veritable curtain of fire to aid his stricken comrades, HC Hammond moved among the stalwart garrison of marines and, although critically wounded himself, valiantly continued to administer aid to the other wounded throughout an exhausting 4-hour period. Although wounded he refused medical care to fight the enemy until all his men and casualties had been taken care of. (U.S. Navy photo). Williams was instructed by his commanding officer not to talk about it. Among numerous accomplishments he was found dead among 200 enemy soldiers that he had singlehandedly killed in fighting, Flew his plane through an intense enemy barrage to defend ground forces and maximize enemy damage, Killed by an enemy grenade when it exploded in his hand, Volunteered to remain and defend his units withdrawal because he knew his injuries would slow them down. Aviation mechanics work on several Korean War F-51 Mustangs at an air base. His great personal valor in the face of overwhelming odds enhances and sustains the finest traditions of the U.S. Former U.S. Navy Capt. ), Songnap-yong, Korea, 12 September 1951. This article is written by Diane Bell from The San Diego Union-Tribune and was legally licensed via the Tribune Content Agency through the NewsCred publisher network. He recalls jerking his plane higher and lower to evade a barrage of shots. By his indomitable courage and inspiring efforts in behalf of his wounded comrades, HC3c. Sebille flew his jet — still armed with a 500-pound bomb — directly into several enemy gun batteries. Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. He jockeyed for position and made a direct hit. The COVID-19 pandemic has put on hold the DHA's effort to reboot its ambitious reform of the military health system. By July 1942, he'd received his wings and commission. Cpl. One of those men was Maj. Louis Sebille, a pilot who became the first Air Force recipient of the Medal of Honor. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed 2 marines in a large crater. Thomas Hudner, who received the Medal of Honor for trying to rescue a downed fellow pilot in Korea in 1950, died Monday at the age of 93. The fledgling National Security Agency (nicknamed No Such Agency because of its intelligence gathering role) had a unit aboard a nearby cruiser, the USS Helena, and was intercepting Soviet communications — a capability it did not want made public. Lieutenant (j.g.) (posthumous), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein. One of his wingmen, Capt. The honor capped off a decorated career for the airman, who had earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 12 Air Medals during World War II. Brown's leg was pinned down by the fuselage and night was coming. He gallantly gave his life for his country. One of the downed MiG pilots was later reported to be a decorated war hero. MONEGAN, WALTER C., JR. (posthumous), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein. Naval Service. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, HC3c. The first Medal of Honor to be classified Top Secret.