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Edward Clyde Benfold
Birth: Jan. 15, 1931
Death: Sep. 5, 1952

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the Korean War in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Third Class, attached to a company in the 1st Marine Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery in Korea, on September 5, 1952. His citation reads "For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving in operations against enemy aggressor forces. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force estimated at battalion strength, HC3c. Benfold resolutely moved from position to position in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed 2 marines in a large crater. As he approached the 2 men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw 2 grenades into the crater while 2 other enemy charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each hand, HC3c Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the on-rushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, HC3c. Benfold, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his 2 comrades. His exceptional courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others". (bio by: Russ Dodge) 
 
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EDWARD C
BENFOLD

MEDAL OF HONOR
HM3
US Navy
Jan 15 1931
Sep 5 1952

 
Burial:
Beverly National Cemetery
Beverly
Burlington County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Distinguished Service Section, Grave 12
 
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Record added: Jan 15, 2001
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