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John Noble Holcomb

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Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Sergeant Holcomb's company had landed by helicopter and deployed into a hasty defensive position when it was attacked from three sides by an estimated battalion-size enemy force. Sergeant Holcomb's squad was directly in the path of the main enemy attack. With complete disregard for the heavy fire, he moved among his men giving encouragement and directing fire. When his machine gunner was knocked out, he seized the weapon, ran to a forward edge of the position, and placed withering fire on the enemy causing the enemy to withdraw. He then treated and carried his wounded to a position of safety and reorganized his defensive sector. When the enemy assaulted the position a second time, he again manned the forward machinegun, devastating the enemy attack and forcing them to again withdraw. During the withdrawal an enemy rocket hit Sergeant Holcomb's position, destroying his machinegun and severely wounding him. Despite his wounds, he crawled through the grass to move the members of his squad, everyone of whom had been wounded, to more secure positions. Although wounded and as the last surviving leader of his platoon he organized his men to repel the enemy, crawled to the platoon radio and reported the third enemy assault on his position.

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