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CMOHS.org - Private First Class KNIGHT, NOAH O., U.S. Army

Recipient Detail

 

KNIGHT, NOAH O.

Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company F
Division: 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division
Born: 27 October 1929, Chesterfield County, S.C.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Jefferson, S.C.
G.O. Number: 2
Date of Issue: 01/07/1953
Accredited To:
Place / Date: Near Kowang-San, Korea, 23 and 24 November 1951
 
 


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Citation

Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered 3 enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled 2 assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the 3 enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.