Knight, Noah Odell, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
4745-Rifle Gunner or Crewman 57mm
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 4745, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry
Service Years
1948 - 1951

Private First Class

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Home State
South Carolina
South Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Jefferson, South Carolina

Casualty Date
Nov 24, 1951
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry
  1951-1951, 4745, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1951-1951 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

PFC Noah Knight served in Korea with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division.   He had been in the Army since at least 27 October 1948. Reentering service 15 December 1950.

He was killed in action near Kowang-San, North Korea, Hill 355 ("Little Gibraltar"),  on 24 November 1951.

He was interred in Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, in February 1952.

He left a wife, Becky, in Kershaw, South Carolina. They had married in August 1951.

For his actions in late Novemeber, 1951, he was awarded the Medal of Honor, posthumously. Citation

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 Noah Odell Knight, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kowang-San, Korea, on 23 and 24 November 1951.

Private First Class Knight 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 Private First Class Knight.

Private First Class Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 2 (January 7, 1953)
Action Date: November 23 & 24, 1951
Service: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company F
Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment
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