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Korean War - U.S. Army

Bryant Homer Womack

  • Rank: Private
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Medical Company, 14th Infantry Regiment,
    25th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 12, 1952
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Sokso-ri, Korea
Pfc. Womack distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Pfc. Womack was the only medical aidman attached to a night combat patrol when sudden contact with a numerically superior enemy produced numerous casualties. Pfc. Womack went immediately to their aid, although this necessitated exposing himself to a devastating hail of enemy fire, during which he was seriously wounded. Refusing medical aid for himself, he continued moving among his comrades to administer aid. While he was aiding one man, he was again struck by enemy mortar fire, this time suffering the loss of his right arm. Although he knew the consequences should immediate aid not be administered, he still refused aid and insisted that all efforts be made for the benefit of others that were wounded. Although unable to perform the task himself, he remained on the scene and directed others in first-aid techniques. The last man to withdraw, he walked until he collapsed from loss of blood, and died a few minutes later while being carried by his comrades. The extraordinary heroism, outstanding courage, and unswerving devotion to his duties displayed by Pfc. Womack reflect the utmost distinction upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Bryant H. Womack
Medal of Honor Recipient Bryant H. Womack
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mill Spring, Polk County, North Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 7, 1953
    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of the Army Frank C. Pace to his family
  • Born: May 12, 1931, Mill Spring, Polk County, NC, United States
  • Died: March 12, 1952, Sokso-ri, Korea
  • Buried: Lebanon Church Cemetery (MH), Mill Spring, NC, United States

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