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April 27, 2013

Medal of Honor Recipient Bryant H. Womack, Pvt. First Class, USArmy

For conspicuous gallantry in action in Korea near Sokso-Ri, 12 March 1952.

Army medic Womack has a medical center at Ft. Bragg named after him. PFC Bryant Homer Womack, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division sacrificed his life to administer aid to fallen soldiers during a hot firefight in March of 1952. His courage and devotion to duty was recognized and awarded the nation's highest honor for bravery in combat.

Pfc. Womack distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Pfc. Womack was the only medical aid man attached to a night combat patrol when sudden contact with a numerically superior enemy produced numerous casualties. Pfc. Womack went immediately to their aid, although this necessitated exposing himself to a devastating hail of enemy fire, during which he was seriously wounded. Refusing medical aid for himself, he continued moving among his comrades to administer aid. While he was aiding 1 man, he was again struck by enemy mortar fire, this time suffering the loss of his right arm. Although he knew the consequences should immediate aid not be administered, he still refused aid and insisted that all efforts be made for the benefit of others that were wounded. Although unable to perform the task himself, he remained on the scene and directed others in first aid techniques. The last man to withdraw, he walked until he collapsed from loss of blood, and died a few minutes later while being carried by his comrades. The extraordinary heroism, outstanding courage, and unswerving devotion to his duties displayed by Pfc. Womack reflect the utmost distinction upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.

His memory will be honored tomorrow at Lebanon United Methodist Church in Mill Spring North Carolina.

God bless his memory and comfort his family.

Like Michener said in his novel of the Korean War, "Where do we get such men?"


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