Rodolfo "Rudy" P Hernandez, CPL

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Rodolfo "Rudy" P Hernandez, CPL

Also Known As: "Rudy"
Current Location:: Fayetteville, NC, USA
Birthplace: Colton, CA, USA
Occupation: Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team
Managed by: Ashley Odell
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About Rodolfo "Rudy" P Hernandez, CPL

Rodolfo Perez "Rudy" Hernandez (born April 14, 1931) is a former United States Army soldier who received the Medal of Honor — America's highest military decoration — for his actions in the Korean War. Despite his wounds, Hernandez's actions during an enemy counterattack near Wonton-ni allowed his platoon to retake their defensive position.

Medal of Honor citation

Rodolfo P. Hernandez

Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team

Place and date: Near Wontong-ni, Korea, May 31, 1951

Entered service at: Fowler, California

Born: April 14, 1931, Colton, California

G.O. No.: 40, April 12, 1952

Cpl. Hernandez, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His platoon, in defensive positions on Hill 420, came under ruthless attack by a numerically superior and fanatical hostile force, accompanied by heavy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire which inflicted numerous casualties on the platoon. His comrades were forced to withdraw due to lack of ammunition but Cpl. Hernandez, although wounded in an exchange of grenades, continued to deliver deadly fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants until a ruptured cartridge rendered his rifle inoperative. Immediately leaving his position, Cpl. Hernandez rushed the enemy armed only with rifle and bayonet. Fearlessly engaging the foe, he killed 6 of the enemy before falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet, and bullet wounds but his heroic action momentarily halted the enemy advance and enabled his unit to counterattack and retake the lost ground. The indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding courage, and tenacious devotion to duty clearly demonstrated by Cpl. Hernandez reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army

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April 14, 1931
Colton, CA, USA