The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WHITTINGTON, HULON B.
Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 41st
Armored Infantry 2d Armored Division. Place and Date Near Grimesnil, France, 29
July 1944. Entered Service at: Bastrop, La. Born: 9 July 1921, Bogalusa,
La. G.O. No.: 32, 23 April 1945.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of
duty. On the night of 29 July 1944, near Grimesnil, France, during an enemy armored
attack, Sgt. Whittington, a squad leader, assumed command of his platoon when the platoon
leader and platoon sergeant became missing in action. He reorganized the defense and,
under fire, courageously crawled between gun positions to check the actions of his men.
When the advancing enemy attempted to penetrate a roadblock, Sgt. Whittington, completely
disregarding intense enemy action, mounted a tank and by shouting through the turret,
directed it into position to fire pointblank at the leading Mark V German tank. The
destruction of this vehicle blocked all movement of the remaining enemy column consisting
of over 100 vehicles of a Panzer unit. The blocked vehicles were then destroyed by
handgrenades, bazooka, tank, and artillery fire and large numbers of enemy personnel were
wiped out by a bold and resolute bayonet charge inspired by Sgt. Whittington. When the
medical aid man had become a casualty, Sgt. Whittington personally administered first aid
to his wounded men. The dynamic leadership, the inspiring example, and the dauntless
courage of Sgt. Whittington, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service.