The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
KENNEMORE, ROBERT S.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division ( Rein ).
Place and date: North of Yudam-ni, Korea, 27 and 28 November 1950. Entered
service at: Greenville, S.C. Born: 21 June 1920, Greenville, S.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and
intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as leader of a
machinegun section in Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. With the
company's defensive perimeter overrun by a numerically superior hostile force during a
savage night attack north of Yudam-ni and his platoon commander seriously wounded, S/Sgt.
Kennemore unhesitatingly assumed command, quickly reorganized the unit and directed the
men in consolidating the position. When an enemy grenade landed in the midst of a
machinegun squad, he bravely placed his foot on the missile and, in the face of almost
certain death, personally absorbed the full force of the explosion to prevent injury to
his fellow marines. By his indomitable courage, outstanding leadership and selfless
efforts in behalf of his comrades, S/Sgt. Kennemore was greatly instrumental in driving
the enemy from the area and upheld the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.