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Rodolfo P. Hernandez, Ave Atque Vale

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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.

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