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Rodolfo Perez Hernandez

Date of birth: April 14, 1931
Date of death: December 21, 2013
Burial location: Spring Lake, North Carolina
Place of Birth: California, Colton
Home of record: Fowler California


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 pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to Corporal Rodolfo Perez Hernandez (ASN: 19324605), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Wontong-ni, Korea, on 31 May 1951. Corporal Hernandez' platoon, in defensive positions on Hill 420, came under ruthless attack by a numerically superior and fanatical hostile force, accompanied by heavy artillery, mortar, and machinegun fire which inflicted numerous casualties on the platoon. His comrades were forced to withdraw due to lack of ammunition but Corporal Hernandez, although wounded in an exchange of grenades, continued to deliver deadly fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants until a ruptured cartridge rendered his rifle inoperative. Immediately leaving his position, Corporal Hernandez rushed the enemy armed only with rifle and bayonet. Fearlessly engaging the foe, he killed six of the enemy before falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet, and bullet wounds but his heroic action momentarily halted the enemy advance and enabled his unit to counterattack and retake the lost ground. The indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding courage, and tenacious devotion to duty clearly demonstrated by Corporal Hernandez reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 40 (April 21, 1952)

Action Date: May 31, 1951

Service: Army

Rank: Corporal

Company: Company G

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team