Benito Martinez


Benito Martinez Famous memorial

Fort Hancock, Hudspeth County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Sep 1952 (aged 20)
Gangwon-do, South Korea
Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
Plot Section B, Site 366A
Memorial ID 9684 View Source

Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. He served, as a Mexican-American, in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Corporal in Company A, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Satae-ri, Korea, on September 6, 1952. His citation reads "Distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy near Satae-ri, Korea, on 6 September 1952. While manning a forward listening post forward of the manning line of resistance, his position was attacked by a hostile force of reinforced company strength. In the bitter fighting which ensued, the enemy infiltrated the defense perimeter and realizing that encirclement was imminent, Corporal Martinez elected to remain at his post in an attempt to stem the onslaught. In a daring defense, he raked the attacking troops with crippling fire, inflicting numerous casualties. Although contacted by sound power phone several times, he insisted that no attempt be made to rescue him because of the danger involved. Soon thereafter, the hostile forces rushed the emplacement, forcing him to make a limited withdrawal with only an automatic rifle and pistol to defend himself. After a courageous 6-hour stand and shortly before dawn, he called for the last time, stating that the enemy was converging on his position. His magnificent stand enabled friendly elements to reorganize, attack and regain the key terrain. Corporal Martinez's incredible valor and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service." His Medal was posthumously presented to his family on December 29, 1953.

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