The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*BENFOLD, EDWARD C.
Rank and organization: Hospital Corpsman
Third Class, U.S. Navy, attached to a company in the 1st Marine Division. Place and
date: Korea, S September 1952. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Born:
15 January 1931, Staten Island, N.Y.
For gallantry and intrepidity at the
risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in operations against
enemy aggressor forces. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar
barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force
estimated at battalion strength, HC3c. Benfold resolutely moved from position to position
in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of
encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when
the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and rear, he
moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed 2 marines in a large crater. As
he approached the 2 men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw 2 grenades
into the crater while 2 other enemy charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each
hand, HC3c. Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the on-rushing
hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the
attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, HC3c.
Benfold, by his
great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain
death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his 2 comrades. His exceptional
courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the
U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others.