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Korean War - U.S. Army

Donn F Porter

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment,
    25th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 7, 1952
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Mundung-ni, Korea

Sgt. Porter, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Advancing under cover of intense mortar and artillery fire, two hostile platoons attacked a combat outpost commanded by Sgt. Porter, destroyed communications, and killed two of his three-man crew. Gallantly maintaining his position, he poured deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and dispersing the remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the determined foe reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to overrun the outpost. Without hesitation, Sgt. Porter jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught and in close combat, killed six hostile soldiers and routed the attack. While returning to the outpost, he was killed by an artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy to break off the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the main line of resistance. Sgt. Porter's incredible display of valor, gallant self- sacrifice, and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.

Medal of Honor Recipient Donn F. Porter
Medal of Honor Recipient Donn F. Porter
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Baltimore, Baltimore County, Maryland
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 5, 1953

    The Pentagon (Auditorium), presented by Under Sec. of the Army Earl D. Johnson to his Father

  • Born: March 1, 1931, Sewickley, Allegheny County, PA, United States
  • Died: September 7, 1952, Mundung-ni, Korea
  • Buried: Arlington National Cemetery (MH) (33-4357), Arlington, VA, United States
  • Location of Medal: St. James School (duplicate Medal), St. James, MD

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