Bennett, Emory Lawrence, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4745-Automatic Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Private First Class

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
New Smyrna Beach
Last Address
Cocoa, Florida

Casualty Date
Jun 24, 1951
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korean War
Location of Interment
Pinecrest Cemetery - Cocoa, Florida
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenMedal of Honor Recipients
  1951, Korean War Fallen
  1951, Medal of Honor Recipients [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 15th Infantry 3rd Infantry Division
  1951-1951, 4745, B Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1951-1951, 4745, 3rd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

PFC Emory Bennett enlisted in July 1950.  He entered action in February 1951.

In Korea, he served waegiment.  He was killed in action In the Iron Triangle Zone, Pyonggang South, near Sobang-San - Hill 717.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor for action in Sobangsan, Korea on 24 July 1951, where he was killed in action.

Medal of Honor

Awarded posthumously for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Emory Lawrence Bennett, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces on 24 June 1951, at Sobangsan, Korea.

At approximately 0200 hours, two enemy battalions swarmed up the ridge line in a ferocious banzai charge in an attempt to dislodge Private First Class Bennett's company from its defensive positions. Meeting the challenge, the gallant defenders delivered destructive retaliation, but the enemy pressed the assault with fanatical determination and the integrity of the perimeter was imperiled.

Fully aware of the odds against him, Private First Class Bennett unhesitatingly left his foxhole, moved through withering fire, stood within full view of the enemy, and, employing his automatic rifle, poured crippling fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants, inflicting numerous casualties. Although wounded, Private First Class Bennett gallantly maintained his one-man defense and the attack was momentarily halted.

During this lull in battle, the company regrouped for counterattack, but the numerically superior foe soon infiltrated into the position.

Upon orders to move back, Private First Class Bennett voluntarily remained to provide covering fire for the withdrawing elements, and, defying the enemy, continued to sweep the charging foe with devastating fire until mortally wounded.

His willing self-sacrifice and intrepid actions saved the position from being overrun and enabled the company to effect an orderly withdrawal. Private First Class Bennett's unflinching courage and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 11 (February 1, 1952)
Action Date: 24-Jun-51
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company B
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 15th Infantry Regiment
Division: 3d Infantry Division

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