crazy Medal of Honor stories

Status
Not open for further replies.

amish

Diamond Member
Aug 20, 2004
4,295
6
81
when i get bored i usually visit wikipedia and hit "random" until i find something worthwhile. luck would have it that i came to visit the wiki on SSgt. David B. Bleak. Bleak was a combat medic with the US Army and was a beast of a man at 6'6" and 250 pounds. he was awarded the MoH for the following:

On 14 June 1952, Bleak was part of a patrol of the 2nd Battalion, 223rd Infantry sent north to probe Chinese forward positions and attempt to obtain Chinese prisoners of war for interrogation. Bleak volunteered to accompany the 20-man patrol of an I&R Platoon on this mission, which was to send them to a sparsely-vegetated feature called Hill 499, where Chinese forces were known to be operating. The patrol left United Nations lines at 04:30 on 14 June, under cover of darkness. It was preceded by an attack by F Company, 223rd Infantry to the west which was intended to distract Chinese forces.[5] The F Company diversionary attack may have been the action for which Corporal Clifton T. Speicher was himself awarded the Medal of Honor.[8] However, as the patrol ascended the hill, it came under heavy Chinese automatic weapons fire which struck the lead elements, injuring several soldiers. Bleak, at the rear of the formation, rushed forward and treated and stabilized several soldiers hit in the initial volley, then followed the remainder of the patrol as they attempted to continue up the hill.[5]

As they attempted to continue up the hill, several Chinese soldiers from a nearby trench opened fire, injuring another soldier. According to witness reports, Bleak rushed the trench and dove into it, tackling one Chinese soldier and, with only his hands, broke the soldier's neck, killing him. Bleak was then confronted by a second soldier, whom he reportedly grabbed by the neck, crushing his windpipe. A third Chinese soldier then approached, and in the ensuing scuffle, Bleak stabbed the soldier with his combat knife.[2][3][5]

Bleak then returned to the patrol and attempted to treat more wounded members of the patrol, but soon thereafter a Chinese hand grenade bounced off of the helmet of the soldier standing next to him and landed nearby. Bleak tackled the soldier over and covered him with his larger frame to protect him from the grenade, but neither was injured in the ensuing blast.[5] The patrol then continued on its mission, and was successful in capturing several Chinese prisoners.[4] However, as it descended Hill 499 to return from its mission, they were ambushed by another hidden Chinese trench with an automatic weapon. Three of the other soldiers were wounded in the attack, and as Bleak attempted to run to them, he was himself hit in the leg. Bleak dressed all four wounds, but one of the men had been hit too critically to move. In spite of continued Chinese fire and his own injury, Bleak picked up the wounded soldier and began to carry him down the hill.[5]

As he attempted to withdraw with the wounded soldier, Bleak was confronted by two more Chinese. Putting down the wounded soldier, Bleak reportedly surprised the Chinese soldiers by charging them and smashing their heads together with such force that he may have fractured the skulls of one or both of the assailants before pushing them out of his way.[2][3][5][8] Eventually, all 20 men of the patrol returned to the UN lines, but a third of them were wounded. Bleak was credited with saving the patrol, both by promptly treating the wounded and by aggressively attacking and killing or neutralizing five Chinese soldiers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_B._Bleak#Medal_of_Honor_action

all i can think is, "HULK, SMASH!"
 

oogabooga

Diamond Member
Jan 14, 2003
7,806
3
81
Reading the MoH citations are really fascinating and make me feel like "damn, what have I done"
 

Firebot

Golden Member
Jul 10, 2005
1,476
2
0
Reading the MoH citations are really fascinating and make me feel like "damn, what have I done"

They are great reads for sure

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauford_T._Anderson

Medal of Honor citation

He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty. When a powerfully conducted predawn Japanese counterattack struck his unit's flank, he ordered his men to take cover in an old tomb, and then, armed only with a carbine, faced the onslaught alone. After emptying 1 magazine at pointblank range into the screaming attackers, he seized an enemy mortar dud and threw it back among the charging enemy Japanese soldiers, killing several as it burst. Securing a box of mortar shells, he extracted the safety pins, banged the bases upon a rock to arm them and proceeded alternately to hurl shells and fire his piece among the fanatical foe, finally forcing them to withdraw. Despite the protests of his comrades, and bleeding profusely from a severe shrapnel wound, he made his way to his company commander to report the action. T/Sgt. Anderson's intrepid conduct in the face of overwhelming odds accounted for 25 enemy killed and several machineguns and knee mortars destroyed, thus single-handedly removing a serious threat to the company's flank.[3]
 
Apr 20, 2008
10,161
984
126
I don't know about that one, it sounds a little too rambo. If one guy could hold off a wave of attackers, surely his entire platoon could have done the same...

That's the thing, they couldn't, obviously. That is why there are these awards.
 

unokitty

Diamond Member
Jan 5, 2012
3,346
1
0
Benavidez speech. Skip the first 5 minutes and 12 seconds to get to where Sgt. Benavidez starts speaking.

Tango Mike Mike

Roy Benavidez

Armed with only a Bowie Knife and a medic bag. He jumped on a chopper to go to the aid of 12 colleagues surrounded by several hundred NVA.

Seven major gunshot wounds.
Twenty-eight shrapnel holes in head, scalp, shoulder, buttocks, feet, and legs.
Bayonet wounds in both arms.
Broken jaw.

He helped bring 8 men out alive.

When told his one man battle was awesome and extraordinary, Benavidez replied: "No, that's duty."
 
Last edited:

dainthomas

Lifer
Dec 7, 2004
14,589
3,420
136
Tango Mike Mike

Roy Benavidez

Armed with only a Bowie Knife and a medic bag. He jumped on a chopper to go to the aid of 12 colleagues surrounded by several hundred NVA.

Seven major gunshot wounds.
Twenty-eight shrapnel holes.
Bayonet wounds in both arms.
Broken jaw.
Shrapnel in his head, scalp, shoulder, buttocks, feet, and legs.

He helped bring 8 men out alive.

When told his one man battle was awesome and extraordinary, Benavidez replied: "No, that's duty."

Just......badass. Wow.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.