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James Howard Monroe

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Private First Class Monroe's platoon was deployed in a night ambush when the position was suddenly subjected to an intense and accurate grenade attack, and one foxhole was hit immediately. Responding without hesitation to the calls for help from the wounded men, Private First Class Monroe moved forward through heavy small-arms fire to the foxhole but found that all of the men were dead. He turned immediately and crawled back through the deadly hail of fire to answer other calls for aid. He moved to the platoon sergeant's position where he found the radio operator bleeding profusely from fragmentation and bullet wounds. Ignoring the continuing enemy attack, he began treating the wounded man when he saw a live grenade fall directly in front of the position. He shouted a warning to all those nearby, pushed the wounded radio operator and the platoon sergeant to one side, and lunged forward to smother the grenade's blast with his body.

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