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Sherrod Emerson Skinner, Jr.

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Korea

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When his observation post was attacked by hostile forces, supported by a barrage of artillery and mortar fire which severed communication lines connecting the outpost with friendly firing batteries, Second Lieutenant Skinner, in a determined effort to hold his position, organized and directed surviving personnel in the defense, calling down fire on the enemy by means of radio alone until his equipment was destroyed. He twice left the protection of his bunker to direct machinegun fire and replenish the supply of ammunition and grenades. Although painfully wounded on each occasion, he refused medical aid until the rest of the men received treatment. He gallantly directed the final defense until the supply of ammunition was gone and the position overrun. During the three hours that the outpost was held by the enemy, several grenades were thrown into the bunker which served as protection for Lieutenant Skinner and his comrades. He directed his men to feign death even though the hostile troops entered the bunker and searched their persons. Later, when an enemy grenade was thrown between him and two other survivors, he immediately threw himself on the deadly missile in an effort to protect the others, absorbing the full force of the explosion and sacrificing his life for his comrades.

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