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Leroy A. Mendonca

Date of birth: August 2, 1932
Date of death: July 4, 1951
Burial location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Place of Birth: Hawaii, Honolulu
Home of record: Honolulu Hawaii
Status: KIA


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant Leroy A. Mendonca (ASN: 10104748), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Chich-on, Korea, on 4 July 1951. After Sergeant Mendonca's platoon, in an exhaustive fight, had captured Hill 586, the newly won positions were assaulted during the night by a numerically superior enemy force. When the First Platoon positions were outflanked and under great pressure and the platoon was ordered to withdraw to a secondary line of defense, Sergeant Mendonca voluntarily remained in an exposed position and covered the platoon's withdrawal. Although under murderous enemy fire, he fired his weapon and hurled grenades at the onrushing enemy until his supply of ammunition was exhausted. He fought on, clubbing with his rifle and using his bayonet until he was mortally wounded. After the action it was estimated that Sergeant Mendonca had accounted for 37 enemy casualties. His daring actions stalled the crushing assault, protecting the platoon's withdrawal to secondary positions, and enabling the entire unit to repel the enemy attack and retain possession of the vital hilltop position. Sergeant Mendonca's extraordinary gallantry and exemplary valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 83 (September 3, 1952)

Action Date: 4-Jul-51

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company B

Regiment: 7th Infantry Regiment

Division: 3d Infantry Division