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Walter Carleton Monegan, Jr.

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Private First Class Monegan was dug in on a hill overlooking the main Seoul highway when six enemy tanks threatened to break through the battalion position during a predawn attack. He promptly moved forward with his bazooka, under heavy hostile automatic weapons fire and engaged the lead tank at a range of less than 50 yards. After scoring a direct hit and killing the sole surviving tankman with his carbine as he came through the escape hatch, PFC Monegan boldly fired two more rounds of ammunition at the oncoming tanks, disorganizing the attack and enabling our tank crews to continue blasting with their 90-mm guns. On September 20 when his company's position was threatened by an overwhelming enemy tank-infantry force bypassed the area and proceeding toward the battalion command post during the early morning of, PFC Monegan seized his rocket launcher and, in total darkness, charged down the slope of the hill where the tanks had broken through. When an illuminating shell lit the area, he scored a direct hit on one of the tanks. Again exposing himself, he fired another round to destroy a second tank and, as the rear tank turned to retreat, stood upright to fire and was fatally struck down by hostile machinegun fire.

Walter Monegan lied his age and joined the Army at age sixteen, but was discharged when the Army discovered his true age. He subsequently convinced his parents to sign the necessary waver to re-enter military service, this time in the Marine Corps. He was recently married with his first child on the way at the time of his heroism and death.

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