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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
Rank: Private First Class
Company: Company B
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 15th Infantry Regiment
Division: 3d Infantry Division