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Henry Alfred Commiskey, Sr.

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Directed to attack hostile forces well dug in on Hill 85, First Lieutenant Commiskey, spearheaded the assault, charging up the steep slopes on the run. Coolly disregarding the heavy enemy machinegun and small arms fire, he plunged on well forward of the rest of his platoon and was the first man to reach the crest of the objective. Armed only with a pistol, he jumped into a hostile machinegun emplacement occupied by five enemy troops and quickly disposed of four of the soldiers with his automatic pistol. Grappling with the fifth, First Lieutenant Commiskey knocked him to the ground and held him until he could obtain a weapon from another member of his platoon and killed the last of the enemy guncrew. Continuing his bold assault, he moved to the next emplacement, killed two more of the enemy and then led his platoon toward the rear nose of the hill to rout the remainder of the hostile troops and destroy them as they fled from their positions.

With parental authorization, Henry Commiskey joined the Marines at age 17 and celebrated his eighteenth birthday on a Navy Transport en route to Iwo Jima. After WWII he became a Drill Instructor, then received his commission in 1949.

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