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Nelson Vogel Brittin
Birth: Oct. 31, 1920
Death: Mar. 7, 1951

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served during the Korean War in the United States Army as a Sergeant First Class, in Company I, 19th Infantry Regiment. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in the vicinity of Yonggong-ni, Korea, March 7, 1951. His citation reads "Sfc. Brittin, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. Volunteering to lead his squad up a hill, with meager cover against murderous fire from the enemy, he ordered his squad to give him support and, in the face of withering fire and bursting shells, he tossed a grenade at the nearest enemy position. On returning to his squad, he was knocked down and wounded by an enemy grenade. Refusing medical attention, he replenished his supply of grenades and returned, hurling grenades into hostile positions and shooting the enemy as they fled. When his weapon jammed, he leaped without hesitation into a foxhole and killed the occupants with his bayonet and the butt of his rifle. He continued to wipe out foxholes and, noting that his squad had been pinned down, he rushed to the rear of a machine gun position,threw a grenade into the nest, and ran around to its front, where he killed all 3 occupants with his rifle. Less than 100 yards up the hill, his squad again came under vicious fire from another camouflaged, sandbagged, machine gun nest well-flanked by supporting riflemen. Sfc. Brittin again charged this new position in an aggressive endeavor to silence this remaining obstacle and ran direct into a burst of automatic fire which killed him instantly. In his sustained and driving action, he had killed 20 enemy soldiers and destroyed 4 automatic weapons. The conspicuous courage, consummate valor, and noble self-sacrifice displayed by Sfc. Brittin enabled his inspired company to attain its objective and reflect the highest glory on himself and the heroic traditions of the military service". His Medal was posthumously awarded on February 1, 1952. (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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NELSON V
BRITTIN

MEDAL OF HONOR
SFC
US Army
World War II
Korea
Oct 31 1920
Mar 7 1951


 
Burial:
Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Distinguished Service Section, Grave 2
 
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Record added: Jan 15, 2001
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