Biden to award first Medal of Honor of his presidency to Korean Warfare vet
South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who’s visiting the White Home that day for talks with Biden, is scheduled to attend the ceremony, based on the White Home.
The recipient of the nation’s highest navy award, Col. Ralph Puckett Jr., is a resident of Columbus, Georgia, who served within the Korean Warfare and the Vietnam Warfare, the White Home stated in a press launch.
Puckett “distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and past the decision of obligation” in Korea in November 1950 by main a unit of Military Rangers right into a harrowing daylight assault on an enemy hill, the White Home stated.
“To acquire supporting hearth, First Lieutenant Puckett mounted the closest tank, exposing himself to the lethal enemy hearth,” the White Home stated. “Leaping from the tank, he shouted phrases of encouragement to his males and started to steer the Rangers within the assault.”
When enemy hearth pinned down a platoon, Puckett left the relative security of his place and “deliberately ran throughout an open space 3 times to attract enemy hearth, thereby permitting the Rangers to find and destroy the enemy positions and to grab Hill 205.”
“In the course of the course of the night time, the enemy launched a counterattack which lasted 4 hours,” the press launch stated, including that Puckett’s management motivated the Rangers all through.
“In consequence, 5 human wave assaults by a battalion energy enemy ingredient have been repulsed,” the White Home stated.
Puckett was injured by grenade fragments through the first of these waves, “however he refused evacuation and regularly directed artillery assist that decimated attacking enemy formations, repeatedly deserted positions of relative security to make his means from foxhole to foxhole to test the corporate’s perimeter, and distributed ammunition amongst the Rangers,” the White Home stated.
On the sixth wave of assault, two mortar rounds landed in Puckett’s foxhole, inflicting “grievous wounds,” the press launch stated. “First Lieutenant Puckett commanded the Rangers to depart him behind and evacuate the realm. Feeling a way of obligation to assist him, the Rangers refused the order and staged an effort to retrieve him from the foxhole whereas nonetheless below harassing hearth from the enemy.”
“Finally, the Rangers succeeded in retrieving First Lieutenant Puckett and so they moved to the underside of the hill, the place First Lieutenant Puckett known as for devastating artillery hearth on the highest of the enemy managed hill,” the White Home stated.
Puckett enlisted within the Military Enlisted Reserve Corps in 1943 and was discharged to the U.S. Navy Academy in 1945. He served within the Korean Warfare as a member of the eighth Military Ranger Firm and in Vietnam as a member of the one hundred and first Airborne Division.