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Stanley Taylor Adams

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Master Sergeant Adams' platoon was holding an outpost 200 yards ahead of his company when it came under attack by an estimated 250 enemy troops. Intense small-arms, machinegun, and mortar fire from 3 sides pressed the platoon back against the main line of resistance. Observing approximately 150 hostile troops silhouetted against the skyline advancing against his platoon, Master Sergeant Adams leaped to his feet, urged his men to fix bayonets, and with 13 members of his platoon, charged this hostile force with indomitable courage. Within 50 yards of the enemy Master Sergeant Adams was knocked to the ground when pierced in the leg by an enemy bullet. He jumped to his feet and, ignoring his wound, continued on to close with the enemy when he was knocked down four times from the concussion of grenades which had bounced off his body. Shouting orders he charged the enemy positions and engaged them in hand-to-hand combat where man after man fell before his terrific onslaught with bayonet and rifle butt. After nearly an hour of vicious action Master Sergeant Adams and his comrades routed the fanatical foe, killing over 50 and forcing the remainder to withdraw. Upon receiving orders that his battalion was moving back he provided cover fire while his men withdrew.

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