The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes Pride in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*NEGRON, JUAN E.
Rank and organization:
Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company L, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date:
Kalma-Eri, Korea, 28 April 1951. Entered service at: San Juan, Puerto Rico. Born:
26 September 1929, Corozal, Puerto Rico.
For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a member of Company L, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kalma-Eri, Korea on 28 April 1951. That afternoon, Sergeant Negron took up the most vulnerable position on his companyís exposed right flank after an enemy force had overrun a section of the line. When notified that elements of his company were withdrawing, Sergeant Negron refused to leave his exposed position, instead delivering withering fire at hostile troops who had broken through a road block. When the hostile troops approached his position, Sergeant Negron accurately hurled hand grenades at short range, halting their attack. Sergeant Negron held the position throughout the night while friendly forces organized and launched a counterattack. The next morning, after the enemy had been repulsed, friendly forces relieved Sergeant Negron and found the bodies of fifteen enemy soldiers surrounding his position. Sergeant Negronís extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.