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Korean War - U.S. Marine Corps

Robert Sidney Kennemore

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Conflict/Era: Korean War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines,
    1st Marine Division (Rein)
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: November 27, 1950
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: north of Yudam-ni, Korea
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of a machine-gun section in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With the company's defensive perimeter overrun by a numerically superior hostile force during a savage night attack north of Yudam-ni and his platoon commander seriously wounded, S/Sgt. Kennemore unhesitatingly assumed command, quickly reorganized the unit and directed the men in consolidating the position. When an enemy grenade landed in the midst of a machine-gun squad, he bravely placed his foot on the missile and, in the face of almost certain death, personally absorbed the full force of the explosion to prevent injury to his fellow marines. By his indomitable courage, outstanding leadership, and selfless efforts in behalf of his comrades, S/Sgt. Kennemore was greatly instrumental in driving the enemy from the area and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert S. Kennemore
Medal of Honor Recipient Robert S. Kennemore
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 24, 1952
    The White House, presented by Pres. Harry S. Truman
  • Born: June 21, 1920, Greenville, Greenville County, SC, United States
  • Died: April 26, 1989, Oxnard, CA, United States
  • Buried: San Francisco National Cemetery (MH) (H-CA-404), San Francisco, CA, United States

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