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Charles Bedford Morris

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Staff Sergeant Morris deployed his squad in an enemy-controlled area and went forward alone to make a reconnaissance. He crawled within 20 meters of an enemy machinegun when the enemy fired, wounding him in the chest. Morris returned fire and killed the gunner. Crawling within a few feet of the gun, he hurled a grenade and killed the rest of the crew. In pain and bleeding, he finished his recon and reported the results to the platoon leader. As he spoke the platoon came under heavy fire. Refusing medical attention for himself, he deployed his men in firing positions. For eight hours the platoon engaged a numerically superior enemy force. Finding the medic dead, Morris administered first aid to himself and returned to treat other wounded of his squad with the first aid kit when he was again wounded. Stunned, he regained consciousness and continued to treat the wounded, reposition his men, and inspire their efforts. Wounded yet again when a grenade shattered his left hand, he personally took up the fight and threw several grenades which killed a number of enemy soldiers. He another man crawled toward an enemy gun to knock it out and, though comrade was killed and he sustained another wound, firing one handed, he silenced it.

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