SFC Junior Dean Edwards

SFC Junior Dean Edwards

Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Death 2 Jan 1951 (aged 24)
South Korea
Burial Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 7073220 · View Source
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Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Sergeant 1st Class in Company E, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry, US Army. On January 2, 1951, Sergeant 1st Class Edwards' platoon was assigned to assist in the defense of a strategic hill area around Changbong-ni, Korea. When his platoon was forced out of position by heavy enemy machine gun, Sergeant 1st Class Edwards charged the hostile emplacement, throwing grenades as he advanced. The enemy withdrew but returned to deliver more devastating fire. Securing more grenades, he again charged the emplacement, neutralized the weapon and killed the crew, but was forced back by small-arms fire. When the enemy emplaced another machine gun, he made another attack, silenced this second gun and annihilated its crew with himself falling mortally wounded. For most conspicuous gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on February 1, 1952.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SFC Junior Dean Edwards (7 Oct 1926–2 Jan 1951), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7073220, citing IOOF Cemetery, Indianola, Warren County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .