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Daniel Paul Matthews

Birthdate: (21)
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Connecticut, USA
Death: March 28, 1953 (21) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Symar, Los Angeles, California, USA
Managed by: Marvin Caulk, (C)
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About Daniel Paul Matthews

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant Daniel Paul Matthews (MCSN: 1185342), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty on 28 March 1953, while serving as a squad leader of Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces on Vegas Hill, Korea. Participating in a counterattack against a firmly entrenched and well-concealed hostile force which had repelled six previous assaults on a vital enemy-held outpost far forward of the main line of resistance Sergeant Matthews fearlessly advanced in the attack until his squad was pinned down by a murderous sweep of fire from an enemy machinegun located on the peak of the outpost. Observing that the deadly fire prevented a corpsman from removing a wounded man lying in an open area fully exposed to the brunt of the devastating gunfire, he worked his way to the base of the hostile machinegun emplacement, leaped onto the rock fortification surrounding the gun and, taking the enemy by complete surprise, single-handedly charged the hostile emplacement with his rifle. Although severely wounded when the enemy brought a withering hail of fire to bear upon him, he gallantly continued his valiant one-man assault and, firing his rifle with deadly effectiveness, succeeded in killing two of the enemy, routing a third, and completely silencing the enemy weapon, thereby enabling his comrades to evacuate the stricken Marine to a safe position. Succumbing to his wounds before aid could reach him, Sergeant Matthews, by his indomitable fighting spirit, courageous initiative, and resolute determination in the face of almost certain death, served to inspire all who observed him and was directly instrumental in saving the life of his wounded comrade. His great personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Presented to his family by the Secretary of the Navy, on March 29, 1954

Action Date: 28-Mar-53

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 7th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

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December 31, 1931
Van Nuys, Connecticut, USA
March 28, 1953
Age 21
Symar, Los Angeles, California, USA