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1st Sergeant Ben Wilson And His Shovel

Subdeacon Joe

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The Soldier Who Earned a Medal of Honor Fighting with an Entrenching Tool and a Distinguished Service Cross Just a few Days Later




It has often been said that you can’t keep a good man down. In the case of Benjamin F. Wilson, the medical personnel trying to cart him off the battlefield didn’t stand a chance.

Despite the fact that before his wounds, he had already committed enough gallant actions to include a bayonet charge up a hill against a numerically superior enemy that would warrant recognition of some sort, he had a little more in him.

So by the time this wounded man leaped off his stretcher and started taking out North Korean fighters with his entrenching tool, he had done enough. We get it, don’t mess with Ben Wilson.


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