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SGT James Irsley Poynter

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SGT James Irsley Poynter

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, he served as a Sergeant in the 13th Infantry Battalion, US Marine Corps. On November 4, 1950, Sergeant Poynter was a squad leader of Company A, while defending Hill 532, south of Sudong, Korea. During hand to hand combat he noticed three machine guns setting up only 25 yards away when he was wounded. In spite of his wounds, he charged the enemy position with hand grenades, killing the crew of two and putting the third out of action before he fell, mortally wounded. Due to his actions, his outnumbered platoon beat off the enemy assault and moved to more defensible positions. For extreme courage in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

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  • Added: 2 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9730
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SGT James Irsley Poynter (1 Dec 1916–4 Nov 1950), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9730, citing Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .