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 Noah Odell Knight

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Noah Odell Knight Famous memorial

Birth
McBee, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
Death
24 Nov 1951 (aged 22)
Burial
Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID
7814918 View Source

Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award posthumously (presented to his family) from US Secretary of the Army Frank C. Pace at the Pentagon, Washington DC, on January 7, 1963 for his action as a private first class with Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, US Army, on November 23-24, 1951, near Kowang-San, Korea. He joined the US Army in 1951 and following his recruit and combat training, he was assigned to Korea where he was a light vehicle driver. He was killed in action on November 24, 1951 while gallantly defending his position against a constant attack from enemy forces. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered three enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled two assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the three enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service."

Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. He received the award posthumously (presented to his family) from US Secretary of the Army Frank C. Pace at the Pentagon, Washington DC, on January 7, 1963 for his action as a private first class with Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, US Army, on November 23-24, 1951, near Kowang-San, Korea. He joined the US Army in 1951 and following his recruit and combat training, he was assigned to Korea where he was a light vehicle driver. He was killed in action on November 24, 1951 while gallantly defending his position against a constant attack from enemy forces. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. His Medal of Honor citation reads: "Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered three enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled two assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the three enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service."

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  • Originally Created by: Don Morfe
  • Added: 1 Sep 2003
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 7814918
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7814918/noah-odell-knight: accessed ), memorial page for Noah Odell Knight (29 Oct 1929–24 Nov 1951), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7814918, citing Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Pageland, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.