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August 1, 2006

Six medal of honor recipients to attend veterans celebration



Shielding the wounded man with his body, West killed the three assailants with his rifle and then pulled the wounded man to safety. West was wounded and lost an eye in this action, but he continued brave withering fire and bursting shells to assist two other wounded men and bring them to safety. West killed three more of the enemy as accomplished the these rescues.

The citations of the other five recipients contain stories of similar heroism.

Rosser charged a fortified hilltop in Korea on Jan. 12, 1952, and with his rifle and hand grenades killed seven gunners that had pinned down his unit. Then followed by others who were inspired by his courage, he assaulted two more enemy positions. Both Rosser and two comrades were wounded. He and his men did not retreat they were until out of ammunition.

Facing an enemy infantry assault supported by artillery and machine-gun fire in Korea on May 31, 1951, Hernandez was wounded in an exchange of grenades. He held his position and continued firing his weapon until it jammed. He then rushed the enemy with his bayonet, killing six, until falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet and bullet wounds. His actions halted the enemy advance long enough for the Americans to launch a counterattack.

On Nov. 5, 1966, Baker was part of a column sent to support another engaged in an intense fight in Vietnam. When the lead man was killed, Baker moved to the point and with another soldier knocked out an enemy bunker. When his comrade was mortally wounded, Baker located and killed four enemy snipers. He then evacuated the fallen soldier and returned to lead several more assaults. He single-handedly took out on bunker and then grabbed a wounded comrade’s machine gun and charged through enemy fire to take out another.

After evacuating his wounded comrade, Baker returned to the forefront. Ordered to withdraw, he carried another man to the rear. As he tried to take yet another wounded soldier from the fight, Baker again came under sniper fire. Again he charged the snipers’ positions and killed them. With is ammunition exhausted, he carried two more wounded to safety.

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