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Korean War - U.S. Army

Mack A Jordon

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    3d Platoon, Company K, 21st Infantry Regiment,
    24th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 15, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Kumsong, Korea
Citation
Pfc. Jordan, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. As a squad leader of the 3d Platoon, he was participating in a night attack on key terrain against a fanatical hostile force when the advance was halted by intense small-arms and automatic-weapons fire and a vicious barrage of hand grenades. Upon orders for the platoon to withdraw and reorganize, Pfc. Jordan voluntarily remained behind to provide covering fire. Crawling toward an enemy machine-gun emplacement, he threw three grenades and neutralized the gun. He then rushed the position delivering a devastating hail of fire, killing several of the enemy and forcing the remainder to fall back to new positions. He courageously attempted to move forward to silence another machine gun but, before he could leave his position, the ruthless foe hurled explosives down the hill and in the ensuing blast both legs were severed. Despite mortal wounds, he continued to deliver deadly fire and held off the assailants until the platoon returned. Pfc. Jordan's unflinching courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the infantry and the military service.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Collins, Covington County, Mississippi
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 7, 1953
    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of the Army Frank C. Pace to his family
  • Born: December 8, 1928, Collins, Covington County, MS, United States
  • Died: November 15, 1951, Korea
  • Buried: Station Creek Cemetery (MH) , Collins, MS, United States
 

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