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Korean War - U.S. Marine Corps

Jack Arden Davenport

  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company G, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines,
    1st Marine Division (Rein)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: September 21, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Songnae-dong, Korea
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a squad leader in Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces early in the morning. While expertly directing the defense of his position during a probing attack by hostile forces attempting to infiltrate the area, Cpl. Davenport, acting quickly when an enemy grenade fell into the foxhole which he was occupying with another marine, skillfully located the deadly projectile in the dark and, undeterred by the personal risk involved, heroically threw himself over the live missile, thereby saving his companion from serious injury or possible death. His cool and resourceful leadership were contributing factors in the successful repulse of the enemy attack and his superb courage and admirable spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death enhance and sustain the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. Cpl. Davenport gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient Jack A. Davenport
Medal of Honor Recipient Jack A. Davenport
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Mission, Johnson County, Kansas
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 7, 1953
    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of the Navy Dan A. Kimball to his Father
  • Born: September 7, 1931, Kansas City, Clay County, MO, United States
  • Died: September 21, 1951, Korea
  • Buried: Mount Moriah Cemetery (MH), Kansas City, MO, United States

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