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George H. O'Brien, Jr.

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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With his platoon subjected to an intense mortar and artillery bombardment while preparing to assault a vitally important hill position on the main line which had been overrun by a numerically superior enemy force on the preceding night, Second Lieutenant O'Brien leaped from his trench when the attack signal was given and, shouting for his men to follow. Although shot through the arm and thrown to the ground by hostile automatic-weapons fire as he neared the well-entrenched enemy position, he regained his feet, waved his men onward, and continued to spearhead the assault, pausing only long enough to go to the aid of a wounded marine. Encountering the enemy at close range, he hurled hand grenades into the bunkers and, utilizing his carbine in savage hand-to-hand combat, succeeded in killing at least three of the enemy. Struck down by the concussion of grenades on three occasions, he refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his platoon for a period of nearly four hours. With the attack halted he set up a defense with his remaining forces, personally checking each position, attending the wounded and expediting their evacuation. When a relief of the position was effected by another unit, he remained to cover the withdrawal and to assure that no wounded were left behind.

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