The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
WILSON, BENJAMIN F.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant
(then M/Sgt.), U.S. Army Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place
and date: Near Hwach'on-Myon, Korea, 5 June 1951. Entered service at:
Vashon, Wash. Birth: Vashon, Wash. G.O. No.: 69, 23 September 1954.
1st Lt. Wilson distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage
above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Company I was committed to
attack and secure commanding terrain stubbornly defended by a numerically superior hostile
force emplaced in well-fortified positions. When the spearheading element was pinned down
by withering hostile fire, he dashed forward and, firing his rifle and throwing grenades,
neutralized the position denying the advance and killed 4 enemy soldiers manning
submachineguns. After the assault platoon moved up, occupied the position, and a base of
fire was established, he led a bayonet attack which reduced the objective and killed
approximately 27 hostile soldiers. While friendly forces were consolidating the newly won
gain, the enemy launched a counterattack and 1st Lt. Wilson, realizing the imminent threat
of being overrun, made a determined lone-man charge, killing 7 and wounding 2 of the
enemy, and routing the remainder in disorder. After the position was organized, he led an
assault carrying to approximately 15 yards of the final objective, when enemy fire halted
the advance. He ordered the platoon to withdraw and, although painfully wounded in this
action, remained to provide covering fire. During an ensuing counterattack, the commanding
officer and 1st Platoon leader became casualties. Unhesitatingly, 1st Lt. Wilson charged
the enemy ranks and fought valiantly, killing 3 enemy soldiers with his rifle before it
was wrested from his hands, and annihilating 4 others with his entrenching tool. His
courageous delaying action enabled his comrades to reorganize and effect an orderly
withdrawal. While directing evacuation of the wounded, he suffered a second wound, but
elected to remain on the position until assured that all of the men had reached safety.
1st Lt. Wilson's sustained valor and intrepid actions reflect utmost credit upon himself
and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.