Four 3rd ID Soldiers Receive Medal of Honor - WRBL

Four 3rd ID Soldiers Receive Medal of Honor

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Source: history.army.mil Source: history.army.mil
First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab
Sergeant William F. Leonard Sergeant William F. Leonard
Juan E. Negron Juan E. Negron

Four 3rd ID Soldiers are among the 24 Army Veterans who received the nation's highest military honor from the President on Tuesday.

First Lieutenant Donald K. Schwab and Sergeant William F. Leonard received the Medal of Honor posthumously for their courageous actions during World War II.

Master Sergeant Juan E. Negron also received the honor posthumously for his courageous actions in the Korean War.

Also honored for his part in the Korean War, Private Demensio Rivera. His grand-daughter, Sergeant Ashley Randal, formerly stationed at Fort Stewart, accepted the award on his behalf.

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Former Ft. Stewart soldier, Sgt. Ashley Randall, will accept the Medal of Honor on behalf of her grandfather, former 3rd ID Pvt. Demensio Rivera.

 

The Third Infantry Division has received 51 medals, more than any other Division in the Army.

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DVIDS, or Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System, says former Fort Stewart soldier Sergeant Ashley Randall will accept the Medal of Honor award from President Barack Obama on behalf of her grandfather.

Sgt. Randall is an active duty generator mechanic and recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan.

Her grandfather Pvt. Rivera is being recognized for his actions while serving with Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division at Changyongni, Korea, May 22-23, 1951. DVIDS says that when the outpost area occupied by his platoon was assaulted during the night, Rivera, an automatic rifleman, held his forward position tenaciously, although exposed to very heavy fire. When his rifle became inoperative, Rivera employed his pistol and grenades, and eventually fought the enemy hand-to-hand and forced them back. Finally, as an overwhelming number of the enemy closed in on him, he killed four of them with his only remaining grenade. Although they were in such close proximity he was severely wounded by the same explosion. When his position was retaken, he was found seriously wounded and lying with the bodies of the four enemy dead or dying.

Sgt. Randall will accept the Medal of Honor on March 18th.

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