Medal of Honor Recipients for North Carolina
FRANKS, WILLIAM J.
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1830, Chatham County, N.C. Entered Service
At: Duvalls Bluff, Ark. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864.
Served on board the U.S.S. Marmora off Yazoo City, Miss., 5 March 1864. Embarking from the
Marmora with a 12-pound howitzer mounted on a field carriage, Franks landed with the gun and
crew in the midst of heated battle and, bravely standing by his gun despite enemy rifle fire which
cut the gun carriage and rammer contributed to the turning back of the enemy during the fierce
Rank and organization: Landsman, U.S. Navy. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa.
Birth: North Carolina. G.O. No.: 59, 22 June 1865. Citation: Served on board the U.S.S.
Wyandank during a boat expedition up Mattox Creek, 17 March 1865. Participating with a boat
crew in the clearing of Mattox Creek, L/man Anderson carried out his duties courageously in the
face of a devastating fire which cut away half the oars, pierced the launch in many places and cut
the barrel off a musket being fired at the enemy.
SHEA, JOSEPH H.
Rank and Organization: Private, Company K, 92d New York Infantry.
Place and Date: At Chapins Farm, Va., 29 September 1864.
Birth: Baltimore, Md.
Date Of Issue: March 1866.
Citation: Gallantry in bringing wounded from the field under heavy fire.
Accredited to:New Bern, Craven Co., NC
Rank and organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 1838, North Carolina. Accredited to: North
Carolina. G.O. No.: 32, 16 April 1864. Citation: Off Yazoo City, Miss., 5 March 1864. Embarking
from the Marmora with a 12_pound howitzer mounted on a field carriage, Stoddard landed with
the gun and crew in the midst of heated battle and, bravely standing by his gun despite enemy
rifle fire which cut the gun carriage and rammer, contributed to the turning back of the enemy
during the fierce engagement.
TROGDEN, HOWELL G.
Rank and Organization: Private, Company B, 8th Missouri Infantry. Place and Date: At Vicksburg,
Miss., 22 May 1863. Entered Service At: St. Louis, Mo. Born: 1840, Cedar Falls, N.C. Date Of
Issue: 3 August 1894.
Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party." He carried his regiment's flag and tried to
borrow a gun to defend it.
BROWN, LORENZO D.
Rank and Organization: Private, Company A, 7th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: At Big Hole, Mont.
9 August 1877. Entered Service At: Indianapolis, Ind. Birth: Davidson County, N.C. Date of Issue:
8 May 1878. Private, Company A, 7th U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: At Big Hole, Mont. 9 August
1877. Entered Service At: Indianapolis, Ind. Birth: Davidson County, N.C. Date of Issue: 8 May
After having been severely wounded in right shoulder, continued to do duty in a most courageous
JONES, WILLIAM H.
Rank and Organization: Farrier, Company L, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Little Muddy
Creek, Mont., 7 May 1877- at Camas Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877. Entered Service At:
Louisville, Ky. Birth: Davidson County, N.C. Date of Issue: 28 February 1878. Farrier, Company
L, 2d U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: At Little Muddy Creek, Mont., 7 May 1877- at Camas
Meadows, Idaho, 20 August 1877. Entered Service At: Louisville, Ky. Birth: Davidson County,
N.C. Date of Issue: 28 February 1878.
Gallantry in the attack against hostile Sioux Indians on May 7, 1877 at Muddy Creek, Mont., and
in the engagement with Nez Perces Indians at Camas Meadows, Idaho, on 20 August 1877 in
which he sustained a painful knee wound.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company K, 1 0th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: Arizona,
7 March 1890. Entered Service At: New York, N.Y. Birth: 14 February 1861, Elizabethtown, N.C.
Date of Issue: 15 May 1890. Sergeant, Company K, 1 0th U.S. Cavalry. Place and Date: Arizona,
7 March 1890. Entered Service At: New York, N.Y. Birth: 14 February 1861, Elizabethtown, N.C.
Date of Issue: 15 May 1890.
Distinguished himself for coolness, bravery and marksmanship while his troop was in pursuit of
hostile Apache Indians.
BARROW, DAVID D.
Rank and Organization: Seaman, U.S. Navy. Born: 22 October 1877, Reelsboro, N.C. Entered
Service At: Norfolk, Va. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899.
On board the U.S.S. Nashville during the cutting of the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11
May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Barrow set an example of extraordinary bravery and
coolness throughout this action.
Rank and Organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Signal Corps. Place and Date: At Mount Bud Dajo,
Jolo, Philippine Islands, 7 March 1906. Entered Service At: Birmingham, Ala. Born: 25 May 1874,
Charlotte, N.C. Date of Issue: 7 November 1910. G.O. No.: 207.
Voluntarily took part in and was dangerously wounded during an assault on the enemy's works.
Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Marine Corps. Born: 17 March 1874, Gates County, N.C.
Accredited to: North Carolina. G.O. No.: 521, 7 July 1899. Citation: On board the U.S.S. Nashville
during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the
heavy fire of the enemy, Parker displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this
RAY, CHARLES W.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, Company 1, 22d U.S. Infantry. Place and Date: Near San Isidro,
Luzon, Philippine Islands, 19 October 1899. Entered Service At: St. Louis, Mo. Birth: Pensacola
Yancey County, N.C. Date of Issue: 18 April 1902.
Most distinguished gallantry in action. Captured a bridge with the detachment he commanded and
held it against a superior force of the enemy, thereby enabling an army to come up and cross.
Mexican Campaign (Vera Cruz)
ANDERSON, EDWIN ALEXANDER
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Navy. Born: 16 July 1860, Wilmington N.C. Accredited to:
North Carolina. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award: Distinguished Service Medal.
Citation: For extraordinary heroism in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914, in command
of the 2d Seaman Regiment. Marching his regiment across the open space in front of the Naval
Academy and other buildings, Capt. Anderson unexpectedly met a heavy fire from riflemen,
machineguns and l_pounders, which caused part of his command to break and fall back, many
casualties occurring amongst them at the time. His indifference to the heavy fire, to which he
himself was exposed at the head of his regiment, showed him to be fearless and courageous in
JOHNSTON, RUFUS ZENAS
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy. Born: 7 June 1874, Lincolnton, N.C.
Accredited to: North Carolina. G.O. No.: 177, 4 December 1915. Other Navy award: Navy Cross.
Citation: For distinguished conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914; was
regimental adjutant, and eminent and conspicuous in his conduct. He exhibited courage and skill
in leading his men through the action of the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy. Place and date: Vera Cruz, Mexico, 22 April 1914.
Entered service at: North Carolina. Born: 28 August 1879, Tarboro, N.C. Citation: For distinguished
conduct in battle, engagement of Vera Cruz, 22 April 1914; was eminent and conspicuous in
command of his battalion. He exhibited courage and skill in leading his men through the action of
the 22d and in the final occupation of the city.
World War I
BLACKWELL, ROBERT LESTER
Rank and Organization: Private, U.S. Army, Company K, 119th Infantry, 30th Division.
Place and Date: Near St. Souplet, France, 11 October 1918.
Entered Service At: Hurdle Mills, N.C.
Birth: Person County, N.C. G. O. No.: 13, W.D., 1919.
When his platoon was almost surrounded by the enemy and his platoon commander asked
for volunteers to carry a message calling for reinforcements, Pvt. Blackwell volunteered for
this mission, well knowing the extreme danger connected with it. In attempting to get
through the heavy shell and machinegun fire this gallant soldier was killed.
PARKER, SAMUEL IREDELL
Rank and Organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company K, 28th Infantry, 1st Division.
Place and Date: Near Soissons, France, 18-19 July 1918.
Entered Service At: Monroe, N.C.
Birth: Monroe, N.C. G. O. No.: 1, W.D. 1937.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. During the attack
the 2d and 3d Battalions of the 28th Infantry were merged, and after several hours of severe
fighting, successfully established a frontline position. In so doing, a gap was left between the
right flank of the French 153d Division on their left and the left flank of the 28th Infantry,
exposing the left flank to a terrific enfilade fire from several enemy machineguns located in a
rock quarry on high ground. 2d Lt. Parker, observing this serious situation, ordered his
depleted platoon to follow him in an attack upon the strong point. Meeting a disorganized
group of French Colonials wandering leaderlessly about, he persuaded them to join his platoon.
This consolidated group followed 2d Lt. Parker through direct enemy rifle and machinegun fire
to the crest of the hill, and rushing forward, took the quarry by storm, capturing 6 machineguns
and about 40 prisoners. The next day when the assault was continued, 2d Lt. Parker in
command of the merged 2d and 3d Battalions was in support of the 1st Battalion. Although
painfully wounded in the foot, he refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his command
until the objective was reached. Seeing that the assault battalion was subjected to heavy
enfilade fire due to a gap between it and the French on its left, 2d Lt. Parker led his battalion
through this heavy fire up on the line to the left of the 1st Battalion and thereby closed the gap,
remaining in command of his battalion until the newly established lines of the 28th Infantry were
thoroughly consolidated. In supervising the consolidation of the new position, 2d Lt. Parker was
compelled to crawl about on his hands and knees on account of his painful wound. His
conspicuous gallantry and spirit of self-sacrifice were a source of great inspiration to the
members of the entire command.
World War II
EUBANKS, RAY E.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company D, 503d Parachute Infantry.
Place and date: At Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea, 23 July 1944.
Entered service at: LaGrange, N.C.
Born: 6 February 1922, Snow Hill, N.C. G.O. No.: 20, 29 March 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of
duty at Noemfoor Island, Dutch New Guinea, 23 July 1944. While moving to the relief of a
platoon isolated by the enemy, his company encountered a strong enemy position
supported by machinegun, rifle, and mortar fire. Sgt. Eubanks was ordered to make an
attack with 1 squad to neutralize the enemy by fire in order to assist the advance of his
company. He maneuvered his squad to within 30 yards of the enemy where heavy fire
checked his advance. Directing his men to maintain their fire, he and 2 scouts worked their
way forward up a shallow depression to within 25 yards of the enemy. Directing the scouts
to remain in place, Sgt. Eubanks armed himself with an automatic rifle and worked himself
forward over terrain swept by intense fire to within 15 yards of the enemy position when he
opened fire with telling effect. The enemy, having located his position, concentrated their
fire with the result that he was wounded and a bullet rendered his rifle useless. In spite of
his painful wounds he immediately charged the enemy and using his weapon as a club killed
4 of the enemy before he was himself again hit and killed. Sgt. Eubanks' heroic action,
courage, and example in leadership so inspired his men that their advance was successful.
They killed 45 of the enemy and drove the remainder from the position, thus effecting the
relief of our beleaguered troops.
HALYBURTON, WILLIAM DAVID, JR.
Rank and organization: Pharmacist's Mate Second Class, U.S. Naval Reserve.
Born: 2 August 1924, Canton, N.C.
Accredited to: North Carolina.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of
duty while serving with a Marine Rifle Company in the 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine
Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Shima in the Ryukyu
Chain, 10 May 1945. Undaunted by the deadly accuracy of Japanese counterfire as his unit
pushed the attack through a strategically important draw, Halyburton unhesitatingly dashed
across the draw and up the hill into an open fire-swept field where the company advance
squad was suddenly pinned down under a terrific concentration of mortar, machinegun and
sniper fire with resultant severe casualties. Moving steadily forward despite the enemy's
merciless barrage, he reached the wounded marine who lay farthest away and was rendering
first aid when his patient was struck for the second time by a Japanese bullet. Instantly
placing himself in the direct line of fire, he shielded the fallen fighter with his own body and
staunchly continued his ministrations although constantly menaced by the slashing fury of
shrapnel and bullets falling on all sides. Alert, determined and completely unselfish in his
concern for the helpless marine, he persevered in his efforts until he himself sustained mortal
wounds and collapsed, heroically sacrificing himself that his comrade might live. By his
outstanding valor and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of tremendous odds, Halyburton
sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his
life in the service of his country.
HERRING, RUFUS GEDDIE
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Naval Reserve, LCI (G) 449.
Place and date: Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945.
Entered service at: North Carolina.
Born: 11 June 1921, Roseboro, N.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call
of duty as commanding officer of LCI (G) 449 operating as a unit of LCI (G) Group 8,
during the preinvasion attack on Iwo Jima on 17 February 1945. Boldly closing the strongly
fortified shores under the devastating fire of Japanese coastal defense guns, Lt. (then Lt.
(j.g.)) Herring directed shattering barrages of 40mm. and 20mm. gunfire against hostile
beaches until struck down by the enemy's savage counterfire which blasted the 449's heavy
guns and whipped her decks into sheets of flame. Regaining consciousness despite profuse
bleeding he was again critically wounded when a Japanese mortar crashed the conning station,
instantly killing or fatally wounding most of the officers and leaving the ship wallowing without
navigational control. Upon recovering the second time, Lt. Herring resolutely climbed down to
the pilothouse and, fighting against his rapidly waning strength, took over the helm,
established communication with the engineroom, and carried on valiantly until relief could be
obtained. When no longer able to stand, he propped himself against empty shell cases and
rallied his men to the aid of the wounded; he maintained position in the firing line with his
20mm. guns in action in the face of sustained enemy fire, and conned his crippled ship to
safety. His unwavering fortitude, aggressive perseverance, and indomitable spirit against
terrific odds reflect the highest credit upon Lt. Herring and uphold the highest traditions of
the U.S. Naval Service.
LUCAS, JACKLYN HAROLD
Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines,
5th Marine Division. Place and date: Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 20 February 1945. Entered service
at: Norfolk, Va. Born: 14 February 1928, Plymouth, N.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
while serving with the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division, during action against enemy
Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 20 February 1945. While creeping through a
treacherous, twisting ravine which ran in close proximity to a fluid and uncertain frontline on D-plus-
1 day, Pfc. Lucas and 3 other men were suddenly ambushed by a hostile patrol which savagely
attacked with rifle fire and grenades. Quick to act when the lives of the small group were endangered
by 2 grenades which landed directly in front of them, Pfc. Lucas unhesitatingly hurled himself over
his comrades upon 1 grenade and pulled the other under him, absorbing the whole blasting forces
of the explosions in his own body in order to shield his companions from the concussion and
murderous flying fragments. By his inspiring action and valiant spirit of self-sacrifice, he not only
protected his comrades from certain injury or possible death but also enabled them to rout the
Japanese patrol and continue the advance. His exceptionally courageous initiative and loyalty reflect
the highest credit upon Pfc. Lucas and the U.S. Naval Service.
MURRAY, CHARLES "CHUCK" PATRICK, JR.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company C, 30th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Kaysersberg, France, 16 December 1944.
Entered service at: Wilmington, N.C.
Birth: Baltimore, Md. G.O. No.: 63, 1 August 1945.
For commanding Company C, 30th Infantry, displaying supreme courage and heroic initiative
near Kaysersberg, France, on 16 December 1944, while leading a reinforced platoon into
enemy territory. Descending into a valley beneath hilltop positions held by our troops, he
observed a force of 200 Germans pouring deadly mortar, bazooka, machinegun, and small
arms fire into an American battalion occupying the crest of the ridge. The enemy's position
in a sunken road, though hidden from the ridge, was open to a flank attack by 1st Lt. Murray's
patrol but he hesitated to commit so small a force to battle with the superior and strongly
disposed enemy. Crawling out ahead of his troops to a vantage point, he called by radio for
artillery fire. His shells bracketed the German force, but when he was about to correct the
range his radio went dead. He returned to his patrol, secured grenades and a rifle to launch
them and went back to his self-appointed outpost. His first shots disclosed his position; the
enemy directed heavy fire against him as he methodically fired his missiles into the narrow
defile. Again he returned to his patrol. With an automatic rifle and ammunition, he once more
moved to his exposed position. Burst after burst he fired into the enemy, killing 20, wounding
many others, and completely disorganizing its ranks, which began to withdraw. He prevented
the removal of 3 German mortars by knocking out a truck. By that time a mortar had been
brought to his support. 1st Lt. Murray directed fire of this weapon, causing further casualties
and confusion in the German ranks. Calling on his patrol to follow, he then moved out toward
his original objective, possession of a bridge and construction of a roadblock. He captured 10
Germans in foxholes. An eleventh, while pretending to surrender, threw a grenade which
knocked him to the ground, inflicting 8 wounds. Though suffering and bleeding profusely, he
refused to return to the rear until he had chosen the spot for the block and had seen his men
correctly deployed. By his single-handed attack on an overwhelming force and by his intrepid
and heroic fighting, 1st Lt. Murray stopped a counterattack, established an advance position
against formidable odds, and provided an inspiring example for the men of his command.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company K, 18th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.
Place and Date Near Haaren, Germany, 18 October 1944.
Entered Service at: Prescott, Ariz.
Birth: Bethel, N.C. G.O. No.: 47, 18 June 1945.
On 18 October 1944, Company K, 18th Infantry, occupying a position on a hill near Haaren,
Germany, was attacked by an enemy infantry battalion supported by tanks. The assault was
preceded by an artillery concentration, lasting an hour, which inflicted heavy casualties on
the company. While engaged in moving wounded men to cover, Sgt. Thompson observed that
the enemy had overrun the positions of the 3d Platoon. He immediately attempted to stem the
enemy's advance single-handedly. He manned an abandoned machinegun and fired on the
enemy until a direct hit from a hostile tank destroyed the gun. Shaken and dazed, Sgt.
Thompson picked up an automatic rifle and although alone against the enemy force which
was pouring into the gap in our lines, he ??fired burst after burst, halting the leading
elements of the attack and dispersing those following. Throwing aside his automatic rifle,
which had jammed, he took up a rocket gun, fired on a light tank, setting it on fire. By
evening the enemy had been driven from the greater part of the captured position but still
held 3 pillboxes. Sgt. Thompson's squad was assigned the task of dislodging the enemy
from these emplacements. Darkness having fallen and finding that fire of his squad was
ineffective from a distance, Sgt. Thompson crawled forward alone to within 20 yards of 1
of the pillboxes and fired grenades into it. The Germans holding the emplacement
concentrated their fire upon him. Though wounded, he held his position fearlessly,
continued his grenade fire, and finally forced the enemy to abandon the blockhouse.
Sgt. Thompson's courageous leadership inspired his men and materially contributed to
the clearing of the enemy from his last remaining hold on this important hill position.
URBAN, MATT LOUIS
Rank and organization: Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain), 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th
Infantry Division, World War II.
Place and date: Renouf, France, 14 June to 3 September 1944.
Entered service at: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 2 July 1941.
Date and place of birth: 25 August 1919, Buffalo, New York.
Citation: Lieutenant Colonel (then Captain) Matt Urban, l 12-22-2414, United States Army,
who distinguished himself by a series of bold, heroic actions, exemplified by singularly
outstanding combat leadership, personal bravery, and tenacious devotion to duty, during
the period 14 June to 3 September 1944 while assigned to the 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry
Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. On 14 June, Captain Urban's company, attacking at Renouf,
France, encountered heavy enemy small arms and tank fire. The enemy tanks were
unmercifully raking his unit's positions and inflicting heavy casualties. Captain Urban,
realizing that his company was in imminent danger of being decimated, armed himself
with a bazooka. He worked his way with an ammo carrier through hedgerows, under a
continuing barrage of fire, to a point near the tanks. He brazenly exposed himself to the
enemy fire and, firing the bazooka, destroyed both tanks. Responding to Captain Urban's
action, his company moved forward and routed the enemy. Later that same day, still in the
attack near Orglandes, Captain Urban was wounded in the leg by direct fire from a 37mm
tank-gun. He refused evacuation and continued to lead his company until they moved into
defensive positions for the night. At 0500 hours the next day, still in the attack near Orglandes,
Captain Urban, though badly wounded, directed his company in another attack. One hour
later he was again wounded. Suffering from two wounds, one serious, he was evacuated to
England. In mid-July, while recovering from his wounds, he learned of his unit's severe
losses in the hedgerows of Normandy. Realizing his unit's need for battle-tested leaders,
he voluntarily left the hospital and hitchhiked his way back to his unit hear St. Lo, France.
Arriving at the 2d Battalion Command Post at 1130 hours, 25 July, he found that his unit
had jumped-off at 1100 hours in the first attack of Operation Cobra." Still limping from his
leg wound, Captain Urban made his way forward to retake command of his company. He
found his company held up by strong enemy opposition. Two supporting tanks had been
destroyed and another, intact but with no tank commander or gunner, was not moving.
He located a lieutenant in charge of the support tanks and directed a plan of attack to
eliminate the enemy strong-point. The lieutenant and a sergeant were immediately killed
by the heavy enemy fire when they tried to mount the tank. Captain Urban, though physically
hampered by his leg wound and knowing quick action had to be taken, dashed through the
scathing fire and mounted the tank. With enemy bullets ricocheting from the tank, Captain
Urban ordered the tank forward and, completely exposed to the enemy fire, manned the
machine gun and placed devastating fire on the enemy. His action, in the face of enemy fire,
galvanized the battalion into action and they attacked and destroyed the enemy position. On
2 August, Captain Urban was wounded in the chest by shell fragments and, disregarding
the recommendation of the Battalion Surgeon, again refused evacuation. On 6 August,
Captain Urban became the commander of the 2d Battalion. On 15 August, he was again
wounded but remained with his unit. On 3 September, the 2d Battalion was given the
mission of establishing a crossing-point on the Meuse River near Heer, Belgium. The
enemy planned to stop the advance of the allied Army by concentrating heavy forces at
the Meuse. The 2d Battalion, attacking toward the crossing-point, encountered fierce
enemy artillery, small arms and mortar fire which stopped the attack. Captain Urban
quickly moved from his command post to the lead position of the battalion. Reorganizing
the attacking elements, he personally led a charge toward the enemy's strong-point. As
the charge moved across the open terrain, Captain Urban was seriously wounded in the
neck. Although unable to talk above a whisper from the paralyzing neck wound, and in
danger of losing his life, he refused to be evacuated until the enemy was routed and his
battalion had secured the crossing-point on the Meuse River. Captain Urban's personal
leadership, limitless bravery, and repeated extraordinary exposure to enemy fire served as
an inspiration to his entire battalion. His valorous and intrepid actions reflect the utmost
credit on him and uphold the noble traditions of the United States.
WARNER, HENRY F.
Rank and Organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Antitank Company, 2d Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st
Place and Date Near Dom Butgenbach, Belgium, 20-21 December 1944.
Entered Service at: Troy, N.C.
Born: 23 August 1923, Troy, N.C. G.O. No.: 48, 23 June 1945.
Serving as 57-mm. antitank gunner with the 2d Battalion, he was a major factor in
stopping enemy tanks during heavy attacks against the battalion position near Dom
Butgenbach, Belgium, on 20-21 December 1944. In the first attack, launched in the
early morning of the 20th, enemy tanks succeeded in penetrating parts of the line.
Cpl. Warner, disregarding the concentrated cannon and machinegun fire from 2 tanks
bearing down on him, and ignoring the imminent danger of being overrun by the
infantry moving under tank cover, destroyed the first tank and scored a direct and
deadly hit upon the second. A third tank approached to within 5 yards of his position
while he was attempting to clear a jammed breach lock. Jumping from his gun pit, he
engaged in a pistol duel with the tank commander standing in the turret, killing him and
forcing the tank to withdraw. Following a day and night during which our forces were
subjected to constant shelling, mortar barrages, and numerous unsuccessful infantry
attacks, the enemy struck in great force on the early morning of the 21st. Seeing a
Mark IV tank looming out of the mist and heading toward his position, Cpl. Warner
scored a direct hit. Disregarding his injuries, he endeavored to finish the loading and
again fire at the tank whose motor was now aflame, when a second machinegun burst
killed him. Cpl. Warner's gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond
the call of duty contributed materially to the successful defense against the enemy
Crump, Jerry Kirt
Organization: U.S. Army, Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry
Place and date: Near Chorwon, Korea, Sept. 6-7, 1951.
Entered service at: Forest City, N.C.
Born: 1933, Charlotte, N.C.
General Order No.: 68, July 11, 1952.
Citation: Corporal Jerry K. Crump, Infantry, United States Army, a member
of Company L, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, distinguished himself
by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of
duty in action against the enemy on 6 and 7 September 1951, near Chorwon, Korea.
During the night a numerically superior hostile force launched an assault
against his platoon on Hill 284, overrunning friendly positions and swarming
into the sector. Corporal Crump repeatedly exposed himself to deliver effective
fire into the ranks of the assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Observing
two enemy soldiers endeavoring to capture a friendly machinegun, he charged and
killed both with his bayonet, regaining control of the weapon. Returning to his
position, now occupied by four of his wounded comrades, he continued his
accurate fire into enemy troops surrounding his emplacement. When a hostile
soldier hurled a grenade into the position, Corporal Crump immediately flung
himself over the missile, absorbing the blast with his body and saving his
comrades from death or serious injury. His aggressive actions had so inspired
his comrades that a spirited counterattack drove the enemy from the perimeter.
Corporal Crump's heroic devotion to duty, indomitable fighting spirit, and
willingness to sacrifice himself to save his comrades reflect the highest credit
upon himself, the infantry and the U.S. Army.
Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army, Company C, 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th
Place and date: Near Songnae-dong, Korea, Nov. 30, 1952.
Entered service at:Whittier, N.C.
Birth: 1932, Cherokee, N.C.
Killed in action: Nov. 30, 1952
G.O. NO.: 19, March 18, 1954.
Citation:Private First Class Charles George, Infantry, United States
Army, a member of Company C 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division,
distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and
beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy on the night of 30 November
1952, near Songnae-dong, Korea. He was a member of a raiding party committed to
engage the enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. Forging up the rugged
slope of the key terrain feature, the group was subjected to intense mortar and
machinegun fire and suffered several casualties. Throughout the advance, he
fought valiantly and, upon reaching the crest of the hill, leaped into the
trenches and closed with the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. When friendly troops
were ordered to move back upon completion of the assignment, he and two comrades
remained to cover the withdrawal. While in the process of leaving the trenches a
hostile soldier hurled a grenade into their midst. Pfc. George shouted a warning
to one comrade, pushed the other soldier out of danger, and, with full knowledge
of the consequences, unhesitatingly threw himself upon the grenade, absorbing
the full blast of the explosion. Although seriously wounded in this display of
valor, he refrained from any outcry which would divulge the position of his
companions. The two soldiers evacuated him to the forward aid station and
shortly thereafter he succumbed to his wound. Private George's indomitable
courage, consummate devotion to duty, and willing self-sacrifice reflect the
highest credit upon himself and uphold the finest traditions of the military
Womack, Bryant Homer.
Rank: Private First Class
Organization: U.S. Army, Medical Company, 14th Infantry Regiment,
25th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Near Sokso-ri, Korea, March 12, 1952.
Entered service at: Mill Springs, N.C.
Birth: Mill Springs, N.C.
General Order No.: 5, Jan. 12, 1953.
Citation: Private First Class Bryant E. Womack, Army Medical Service,
Medical Company, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, distinguished
himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action
against the enemy on 12 March 1952 near Sokso-ri, Korea. Private Womack was the
only medical aid man attached to a night combat patrol when sudden contact with
a numerically superior enemy produced numerous casualties. Private Womack went
immediately to their aid, although this necessitated exposing himself to a
devastating hail of enemy fire, during which he was seriously wounded. Refusing
medical aid for himself, he continued moving among his comrades to administer
aid. While he was aiding one man, he was again struck by enemy mortar fire, this
time suffering the loss of his right arm. Although he knew the consequences
should immediate aid not be administered, he still refused aid and insisted that
all efforts be made for the benefit of others that were wounded. Although unable
to perform the task himself, he remained on the scene and directed others in
first aid techniques. The last man to withdraw, he walked until he collapsed
from loss of blood, and died a few minutes later while being carried by his
comrades. The extraordinary heroism, outstanding courage, and unswerving
devotion to his duties displayed by Private Womack reflect the utmost
distinction upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
ASHLEY, EUGENE, JR.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, Company C, 5th Special Forces
Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Near Lang Vei, Republic of Vietnam,
6th and 7th February 1968. Entered service at: New York, N.Y. Born: 12 October 1931,
Sfc. Ashley, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with
Detachment A-101, Company C. Sfc. Ashley was the senior special forces Advisor of a hastily
organized assault force whose mission was to rescue entrapped U.S. special forces advisors
at Camp Lang Vei. During the initial attack on the special forces camp by North Vietnamese
army forces, Sfc. Ashley supported the camp with high explosive and illumination mortar rounds.
When communications were lost with the main camp, he assumed the additional responsibility
of directing air strikes and artillery support. Sfc. Ashley organized and equipped a small assault
force composed of local friendly personnel. During the ensuing battle, Sfc. Ashley led a total of
5 vigorous assaults against the enemy, continuously exposing himself to a voluminous hail of
enemy grenades, machinegun and automatic weapons fire. Throughout these assaults, he was
plagued by numerous booby-trapped satchel charges in all bunkers on his avenue of approach.
During his fifth and final assault, he adjusted air strikes nearly on top of his assault element,
forcing the enemy to withdraw and resulting in friendly control of the summit of the hill. While
exposing himself to intense enemy fire, he was seriously wounded by machinegun fire but
continued his mission without regard for his personal safety. After the fifth assault he lost
consciousness and was carried from the summit by his comrades only to suffer a fatal wound
when an enemy artillery round landed in the area. Sfc. Ashley displayed extraordinary heroism
in risking his life in an attempt to save the lives of his entrapped comrades and commanding
officer. His total disregard for his personal safety while exposed to enemy observation and
automatic weapons fire was an inspiration to all men committed to the assault. The resolute valor
with which he led 5 gallant charges placed critical diversionary pressure on the attacking enemy
and his valiant efforts carved a channel in the overpowering enemy forces and weapons positions
through which the survivors of Camp Lang Vei eventually escaped to freedom. Sfc. Ashley's
bravery at the cost of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great
credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
DURHAM, HAROLD BASCOM, JR.
Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 6th Battalion, 15th Artillery,
1st Infantry Division . Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 17 October 1967. Entered service at:
Atlanta, Ga. Born: 12 October 1942, Rocky Mount, N.C.
2d Lt. Durham, Artillery, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the
cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty while assigned to Battery C. 2d Lt. Durham
was serving as a forward observer with Company D, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry during a battalion
reconnaissance-in-force mission. At approximately 1015 hours contact was made with an enemy
force concealed in well-camouflaged positions and fortified bunkers. 2d Lt. Durham immediately
moved into an exposed position to adjust the supporting artillery fire onto the insurgents. During
a brief lull in the battle he administered emergency first aid to the wounded in spite of heavy
enemy sniper fire directed toward him. Moments later, as enemy units assaulted friendly positions,
he learned that Company A, bearing the brunt of the attack, had lost its forward observer. While
he was moving to replace the wounded observer, the enemy detonated a Claymore mine, severely
wounding him in the head and impairing his vision. In spite of the intense pain, he continued to
direct the supporting artillery fire and to employ his individual weapon in support of the hard pressed
infantrymen. As the enemy pressed their attack, 2d Lt. Durham called for supporting fire to be
placed almost directly on his position. Twice the insurgents were driven back, leaving many dead
and wounded behind. 2d Lt. Durham was then taken to a secondary defensive position. Even in his
extremely weakened condition, he continued to call artillery fire onto the enemy. He refused to seek
cover and instead positioned himself in a small clearing which offered a better vantage point from
which to adjust the fire. Suddenly, he was severely wounded a second time by enemy machinegun
fire. As he lay on the ground near death, he saw two Viet Cong approaching, shooting the
defenseless wounded men. With his last effort, 2d Lt. Durham shouted a warning to a nearby soldier
who immediately killed the insurgents. 2d Lt. Durham died moments later, still grasping the radio
handset. 2d Lt. Durham's gallant actions in close combat with an enemy force are in keeping with
the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the
Rank and organization: Specialist Sixth Class (then Sp5c), U.S. Army, Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. Place
and date: Republic of Vietnam, 8 November 1965, Entered service at: New York City, N.Y. G.O.
No.: 15, 5 April 1967. Born: 22 February 1928, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of
duty. Sp6c. Joel demonstrated indomitable courage, determination, and professional skill when
a numerically superior and well-concealed Viet Cong element launched a vicious attack which
wounded or killed nearly every man in the lead squad of the company. After treating the men
wounded by the initial burst of gunfire, he bravely moved forward to assist others who were
wounded while proceeding to their objective. While moving from man to man, he was struck in
the right leg by machinegun fire. Although painfully wounded his desire to aid his fellow soldiers
transcended all personal feeling. He bandaged his own wound and self-administered morphine
to deaden the pain enabling him to continue his dangerous undertaking. Through this period of
time, he constantly shouted words of encouragement to all around him. Then, completely ignoring
the warnings of others, and his pain, he continued his search for wounded, exposing himself to
hostile fire; and, as bullets dug up the dirt around him, he held plasma bottles high while kneeling
completely engrossed in his life saving mission. Then, after being struck a second time and
with a bullet lodged in his thigh, he dragged himself over the battlefield and succeeded in treating
13 more men before his medical supplies ran out. Displaying resourcefulness, he saved the life of
1 man by placing a plastic bag over a severe chest wound to congeal the blood. As 1 of the
platoons pursued the Viet Cong, an insurgent force in concealed positions opened fire on the
platoon and wounded many more soldiers. With a new stock of medical supplies, Sp6c. Joel
again shouted words of encouragement as he crawled through an intense hail of gunfire to the
wounded men. After the 24 hour battle subsided and the Viet Cong dead numbered 410, snipers
continued to harass the company. Throughout the long battle, Sp6c. Joel never lost sight of his
mission as a medical aidman and continued to comfort and treat the wounded until his own
evacuation was ordered. His meticulous attention to duty saved a large number of lives and his
unselfish, daring example under most adverse conditions was an inspiration to all. Sp6c. Joel's
profound concern for his fellow soldiers, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty
are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed
Forces of his country.
MILLER, FRANKLIN D.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces.
Place and date: Kontum province, Republic of Vietnam, 5 January 1970. Entered service at:
Albuquerque, N. Mex. Born: 27 January 1945, Elizabeth City, N.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call
of duty. S/Sgt. Miller, 5th Special Forces Group, distinguished himself while serving as team leader
of an American-Vietnamese long-range reconnaissance patrol operating deep within enemy
controlled territory. Leaving the helicopter insertion point, the patrol moved forward on its mission.
Suddenly, 1 of the team members tripped a hostile booby trap which wounded 4 soldiers. S/Sgt.
Miller, knowing that the explosion would alert the enemy, quickly administered first aid to the
wounded and directed the team into positions across a small stream bed at the base of a steep
hill. Within a few minutes, S/Sgt. Miller saw the lead element of what he estimated to be a
platoon-size enemy force moving toward his location. Concerned for the safety of his men, he
directed the small team to move up the hill to a more secure position. He remained alone,
separated from the patrol, to meet the attack. S/Sgt. Miller single-handedly repulsed 2 determined
attacks by the numerically superior enemy force and caused them to withdraw in disorder. He
rejoined his team, established contact with a forward air controller and arranged the evacuation
of his patrol. However, the only suitable extraction location in the heavy jungle was a bomb
crater some 150 meters from the team location. S/Sgt. Miller reconnoitered the route to the crater
and led his men through the enemy controlled jungle to the extraction site. As the evacuation
helicopter hovered over the crater to pick up the patrol, the enemy launched a savage automatic
weapon and rocket-propelled grenade attack against the beleaguered team, driving off the rescue
helicopter. S/Sgt. Miller led the team in a valiant defense which drove back the enemy in its
attempt to overrun the small patrol. Although seriously wounded and with every man in his patrol
a casualty, S/Sgt. Miller moved forward to again single-handedly meet the hostile attackers.
From his forward exposed position, S/Sgt. Miller gallantly repelled 2 attacks by the enemy before
a friendly relief force reached the patrol location. S/Sgt. Miller's gallantry, intrepidity in action, and
selfless devotion to the welfare of his comrades are in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
PATTERSON, ROBERT MARTIN
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 2d Squadron. 17th Cavalry.
Place and date: Near La Chu, Republic of Vietnam, 6 May 1968.
Entered service at: Raleigh, N.C.
Born: 16 April 1948, Durham, N.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Patterson (then Sp4c.) distinguished himself while serving
as a fire team leader of the 3d Platoon, Troop B, during an assault against a North
Vietnamese Army battalion which was entrenched in a heavily fortified position. When
the leading squad of the 3d Platoon was pinned down by heavy interlocking automatic
weapon and rocket propelled grenade fire from 2 enemy bunkers, Sgt. Patterson and
the 2 other members of his assault team moved forward under a hail of enemy fire to
destroy the bunkers with grenade and machinegun fire. Observing that his comrades
were being fired on from a third enemy bunker covered by enemy gunners in l-man
spider holes, Sgt. Patterson, with complete disregard for his safety and ignoring the
warning of his comrades that he was moving into a bunker complex, assaulted and
destroyed the position. Although exposed to intensive small arm and grenade fire from
the bunkers and their mutually supporting emplacements. Sgt. Patterson continued his
assault upon the bunkers which were impeding the advance of his unit. Sgt. Patterson
single-handedly destroyed by rifle and grenade fire 5 enemy bunkers, killed 8 enemy
soldiers and captured 7 weapons. His dauntless courage and heroism inspired his
platoon to resume the attack and to penetrate the enemy defensive position. Sgt.
Patterson's action at the risk of his life has reflected great credit upon himself, his unit,
and the U.S. Army.
STOUT, MITCHELL WILLIAM
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 44th Artillery.
Place and Date: Khe Gio Bridge, Republic of Vietnam, 12 March 1970.
Entered service at: Raleigh, N.C.
Born: 24 February 1950, Knoxville, Tenn.
Sgt. Stout distinguished himself during an attack by a North Vietnamese Army Sapper
company on his unit's firing position at Khe Gio Bridge. Sgt. Stout was in a bunker with
members of a searchlight crew when the position came under heavy enemy mortar fire
and ground attack. When the intensity of the mortar attack subsided, an enemy grenade
was thrown into the bunker. Displaying great courage, Sgt. Stout ran to the grenade,
picked it up, and started out of the bunker. As he reached the door, the grenade exploded.
By holding the grenade close to his body and shielding its blast, he protected his fellow
soldiers in the bunker from further injury or death. Sgt. Stout's conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity in action, at the cost of his own life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of
the military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the U.S. Army.
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