The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*DAVENPORT, JACK A.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Marine Corps, Company G, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.). Place
and date: Vicinity of Songnae-Dong, Korea, 21 September 1951. Entered service at:
Mission, Kans. Born: 7 September 1931, Kansas City, Mo.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a
squad leader in Company G, in action against enemy aggressor forces, early in the morning.
While expertly directing the defense of his position during a probing attack by hostile
forces attempting to infiltrate the area, Cpl. Davenport, acting quickly when an enemy
grenade fell into the foxhole which he was occupying with another marine, skillfully
located the deadly projectile in the dark and, undeterred by the personal risk involved,
heroically threw himself over the live missile, thereby saving his companion from serious
injury or possible death. His cool and resourceful leadership were contributing factors in
the successful repulse of the enemy attack and his superb courage and admirable spirit of
self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death enhance and sustain the highest
traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. Cpl. Davenport gallantly gave his life for his