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Korean War - U.S. Army

Juan E. Negron

Details
  • Rank: Sergeant (Highest Rank: highest rank Master Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company L, 65th Infantry Regiment,
    3d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: April 28, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Kalma-Eri, Korea
Citation

Sergeant Juan E. Negron distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of Company L, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kalma-Eri, Korea on April 28, 1951. That afternoon, Sergeant Negron took up the most vulnerable position on his company’s exposed right flank after an enemy force had overrun a section of the line. When notified that elements of his company were withdrawing, Sergeant Negron refused to leave his exposed position, instead delivering withering fire at hostile troops who had broken through a road block. When the hostile troops approached his position, Sergeant Negron accurately hurled hand grenades at short range, halting their attack. Sergeant Negron held the position throughout the night while friendly forces organized and launched a counterattack. The next morning, after the enemy had been repulsed, friendly forces relieved Sergeant Negron and found the bodies of fifteen enemy soldiers surrounding his position. Sergeant Negron’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Medal of Honor Recipient Juan E. Negron
Medal of Honor Recipient Juan E. Negron
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: March 18, 2014

    The White House to his daughter by President Barack Obama

  • Born: September 26, 1929, Corozal, Puerto Rico
  • Died: March 29, 1996, Bayamon, PR, United States
  • Buried: Puerto Rico National Cemetery, Bayamon, PR, United States
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