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Cpl. Rodolfo P. HernŠndez Medal of Honor
Old 08-15-2017, 07:17 AM   #1
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Rodolfo P. Hernandez Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team Place and date: Near Wontong-ni, Korea, May 31, 1951 Entered service at: Fowler, California Born: April 14, 1931, Colton, California G.O. No.: 40, April 12, 1952 Cpl. Hernandez, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. His 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 Cpl. 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, Cpl. Hernandez rushed the enemy armed only with rifle and bayonet. Fearlessly engaging the foe, he killed 6 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 Cpl. Hernandez reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S. Army.

Warpath Military Collectibles Just to be clear...This medal was shared by Rudy's son who allowed me to photograph it and post the images online and it is NOT in my possession and is NOT for sale. This MOH was posted here to allow collectors and historians and those who are not familiar with the Medal Of Honor the rare opportunity to see this stellar example of the Cpl. Rodolfo P. Hernandez Medal Of Honor along with its recipient's personal story and battle history. Please take time to read the stories in the links provided and listen to Rudy Hernandez video interview and thank a war veteran the next time you meet one.

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Old 08-15-2017, 07:20 AM   #2
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:04 AM   #3
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Wow Ed that is truly amazing...ive never seen a 187th MOH before!......mike
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Old 08-17-2017, 11:08 AM   #4
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Damn, reading that narrative gave me a lump in my throat.

In that moment in time Cpl Hernandez rose to the occasion and is forever remembered as a valiant hero.

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Really nice Ed. Thanks to you and the family for sharing his story. I was 17 years in the 40th ID and never heard his story.
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Old 06-25-2019, 11:15 PM   #6
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Thanks for sharing, telling the Corporals story. The MOH, just looking at it makes me Speechless.
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Old 06-26-2019, 01:10 AM   #7
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Amazing, thank you for sharing!
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