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Korean War - U.S. Army

Carl Henry Dodd

  • Rank: First Lieutenant (rank at time of action: Second Lieutenant)
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Platoon, Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment,
    24th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: January 30, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Subuk, Korea

First Lt. Dodd, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. First Lt. Dodd, given the responsibility of spearheading an attack to capture Hill 256, a key terrain feature defended by a well-armed, crafty foe who had withstood several previous assaults, led his platoon forward over hazardous terrain under hostile small-arms, mortar, and artillery fire from well- camouflaged enemy emplacements which reached such intensity that his men faltered. With utter disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Dodd moved among his men, reorganized and encouraged them, and then singlehandedly charged the first hostile machine-gun nest, killing or wounding all its occupants. Inspired by his incredible courage, his platoon responded magnificiently and, fixing bayonets and throwing grenades, closed on the enemy and wiped out every hostile position as it moved relentlessly onward to its initial objective. Securing the first series of enemy positions, 1st Lt. Dodd again reorganized his platoon and led them across a narrow ridge and onto Hill 256. Firing his rifle and throwing grenades, he advanced at the head of his platoon despite the intense concentrated hostile fire which was brought to bear on their narrow avenue of approach. When his platoon was still 200 yards from the objective he moved ahead and with his last grenade destroyed an enemy mortar, killing the crew. Darkness then halted the advance, but at daybreak 1st Lt. Dodd, again boldly advancing ahead of his unit, led the platoon through a dense fog against the remaining hostile positions. With bayonet and grenades he continued to set pace without regard for the danger to his life, until he and his troops had eliminated the last of the defenders and had secured the final objective. First Lt. Dodd's superb leadership and extraordinary heroism inspired his men to overcome this strong enemy defense reflecting the highest credit upon himself and upholding the esteemed traditions of the military service.

Medal of Honor Recipient Carl H. Dodd
Medal of Honor Recipient Carl H. Dodd
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Kenvir, Harlan County, Kentucky
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: May 19, 1951

    Blair House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman

  • Born: April 21, 1925, Coats, Harlan County, KY, United States
  • Died: October 13, 1996, Lexington, KY, United States
  • Buried: Cumberland Memorial Gardens (MH) (132), Corbin, KY, United States

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