Civil Rights / Cold War
CW Korean War 04 Ray E Duke

Ray E. Duke

From Medal of Honor citation:

Upon learning that several of his men were isolated and heavily engaged in an area yielded by his platoon when ordered to withdraw, Sergeant First Class Duke led a small force in a daring assault which re-cover-ed the position and the beleaguered men. Another enemy attack in strength resulted in numerous casualties but Sergeant First Class Duke, although wounded by mortar fragments, calmly moved along his platoon line to coordinate fields of fire and to urge his men to hold firm in the bitter encounter. Wounded a second time he received first aid and returned to his position. When the enemy again attacked shortly after dawn, despite his wounds, Sergeant First Class Duke repeatedly braved withering fire to insure maximum defense of each position. Threatened with annihilation and with mounting casualties, the platoon was again ordered to withdraw when Sergeant First Class Duke was wounded a third time in both legs and was unable to walk. Realizing that he was impeding the progress of two comrades who were carrying him from the hill, he urged them to leave him and seek safety. He was last seen pouring devastating fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants.



Picture Credits:
  • Photograph of Sergeant Ray E. Duke, Medal of Honor recipient from Whitwell, Tennessee. Courtesy of the National Archives.


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