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RIP Pvt Ernest West, MOH recipient
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: May 03, 2021 07:40AM
Ernest West was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in Korea. This soft-spoken and humble man passed away last weekend at age 89.

His citation tells the tale:

"Pfc. West distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He voluntarily accompanied a contingent to locate and destroy a reported enemy outpost. Nearing the objective, the patrol was ambushed and suffered numerous casualties. Observing his wounded leader lying in an exposed position, Pfc. West ordered the troops to withdraw, then braved intense fire to reach and assist him.

While attempting evacuation, he was attacked by three hostile soldiers employing grenades and small-arms fire. Quickly shifting his body to shelter the officer, he killed the assailants with his rifle, then carried the helpless man to safety. He was critically wounded and lost an eye in this action, but courageously returned through withering fire and bursting shells to assist the wounded. While evacuating two comrades, he closed with and killed three more of the foe. Pfc. West's indomitable spirit, consummate valor, and intrepid actions inspired all who observed him, reflect the highest credit on himself, and uphold the honored traditions of the military service."

RIP sir.

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Re: RIP Pvt Ernest West, MOH recipient
Posted by: modelamac
Date: May 03, 2021 09:46AM
Thank you Ernest West. We will remember you in our prayers.

Ed (modelamac)

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sticker on my head and call it a day.
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Re: RIP Pvt Ernest West, MOH recipient
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: May 03, 2021 10:18AM
Thank you for your valiant service.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/03/2021 10:22AM by MrNoBody.
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Re: RIP Pvt Ernest West, MOH recipient
Posted by: testcase
Date: May 03, 2021 02:42PM
And after all that, he wasn't promoted to at least a Sergeant????

R.I.P. PFC West, you've certainly earned it. patriot smiley
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