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Korean War - U.S. Army

Frederick F Henry

  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 28th Infantry Regiment,
    2d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 1, 1950
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Am-Dong, Korea
1st Lt. Henry, Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. His platoon was holding a strategic ridge near the town when they were attacked by a superior enemy force, supported by heavy mortar and artillery fire. Seeing his platoon disorganized by this fanatical assault, he left his foxhole and moving along the line ordered his men to stay in place and keep firing. Encouraged by this heroic action, the platoon reformed a defensive line and rained devastating fire on the enemy, checking its advance. Enemy fire had knocked out all communications and 1st Lt. Henry was unable to determine whether or not the main line of resistance was altered to this heavy attack. On his own initiative, although severely wounded, he decided to hold his position as long as possible and ordered the wounded evacuated and their weapons and ammunition brought to him. Establishing a one-man defensive position, he ordered the platoon's withdrawal and despite his wound and with complete disregard for himself remained behind to cover the movement. When last seen he was singlehandedly firing all available weapons so effectively that he caused an estimated 50 enemy casualties. His ammunition was soon expended and his position overrun, but this intrepid action saved the platoon and halted the enemy's advance until the main line of resistance was prepared to throw back the attack. 1st Lt. Henry's outstanding gallantry and noble self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Frederick F. Henry
Medal of Honor Recipient Frederick F. Henry
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Clinton, Custer County, Oklahoma
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 9, 1951
    The White House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman to his Widow
  • Born: September 23, 1919, Vian, Sequoyah County, OK, United States
  • Died: September 1, 1950, Am-Dong, Korea
  • Buried: National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl)(Wall of the Missing), Honolulu, HI, United States

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