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Korean War - U.S. Army

Noah Odell Knight

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment,
    3d Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 23, 1951
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Kowang-San, Korea
Citation

Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered three enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled two assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the three enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.

Medal of Honor Recipient Noah O. Knight
Medal of Honor Recipient Noah O. Knight
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Jefferson, Chesterfield County, South Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: January 7, 1953

    The Pentagon, presented by Sec. of the Army Frank C. Pace to his family

  • Born: October 29, 1929, Chesterfield County, SC, United States
  • Died: November 24, 1951, Korea
  • Buried: Union Hill Baptist Church (MH), Pageland, SC, United States
  • Location of Medal: Fort Jackson Museum, Fort Jackson, SC
 

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