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Dan D. Schoonover

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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Corporal Schoonover was in charge of an engineer demolition squad which was committed to dislodge the enemy from a vital hill. When the heavy fighting made it impossible to carry out his mission, he employed his unit as a rifle squad and, forging up the steep barren slope, participated in the assault on hostile positions. When an artillery round exploded on the roof of an enemy bunker, he courageously ran forward and leaped into the position, killing one enemy and taking another prisoner. Later, when friendly forces were pinned down by vicious fire from another bunker, he dashed through the hail of fire, hurled grenades in the nearest aperture, then ran to the doorway and emptied his pistol, killing the remainder of the enemy. When the enemy counterattacked he constantly exposed himself to the heavy bombardment to direct the fire of his men and to call in an artillery barrage on hostile forces. Although the company was relieved early the following morning, he voluntarily remained in the area, manned a machinegun for several hours, and subsequently joined another assault on enemy emplacements. When last seen he was operating an automatic rifle with devastating effect until mortally wounded by artillery fire.

 

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