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Private First Class Herbert Hoover Fear 1929-2003


Posted By: cheryl Locher moonen (email)
Date: 10/9/2019 at 21:12:29

DSC Citation
The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Herbert Hoover Fear, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, in action against enemy aggressor forces on the Kosong-Sachon road near the village of Changallon, Korea, on 13 August 1950. At about 0730 on 13 August 1950, the squad in which Private First Class Fear served was ordered to break contact with elements of the 83d North Korean Motorized Regiment on the Kosong-Sachon road, near the village of Changallon. As the unit was withdrawing, intense enemy fire from machine-guns, mortars, and small-arms covered the area, wounding Private Fear and four of his comrades. Refusing medical aid for the painful wound in his left shoulder, he held his ground to cover the evacuation of the wounded men; and, when the enemy attempted to overrun his position, he killed three and deterred many others, gaining valuable time for the withdrawal of his comrades. During this action Private Fear was again wounded by mortar fire in the back and hips, but sill refusing first aid, he continued to fire until his squad had reached a safe place. Only then did he rejoin his unit, whereupon he collapsed from loss of blood and was carried to the aid station.


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