Donn F. Porter
Sergeant, United States Army
at Sewickley, Pennsylvania, March 3, 1931, he earned the Medal of Honor
in the Korean War while serving with Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment,
25th Infantry Division near Mundung-ni, Korea, September 7, 1952.
He was killed-in-action on that occasion and
was returned to the United States for burial in Section 33 of Arlington
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Mundung-ni Korea, 7 September 1952. Entered service at: Baltimore, Maryland. Born: 1 March 1931, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 64, 18 August 1953.
Sgt. Porter, a member of Company G, distinguished
himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. Advancing under cover of
intense mortar and artillery fire, 2 hostile platoons attacked a combat
outpost commanded by Sgt. Porter, destroyed communications, and killed
2 of his 3-man crew. Gallantly maintaining his position, he poured deadly
accurate fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and dispersing the
remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the determined foe
reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to overrun the outpost. Without
hesitation, Sgt. Porter jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and,
meeting the onslaught and in close combat, killed 6 hostile soldiers and
routed the attack. While returning to the outpost, he was killed by an
artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy to break off
the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the main line of resistance.
Sgt. Porter's incredible display of valor, gallant self-sacrifice, and
consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and
uphold the noble traditions of the military service.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990
Donn F. Porter
Sergeant Porter was a member of the 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th
Infantry Division. On September 7, 1952, while manning an outpost near
Mundung-ri, North Korea, two enemy platoons attacked his outpost killing
two of his three man crew. He remained and fought valiantly, killing 15
enemy soldiers and dispersing the rest. As the enemy made a second attack,
he jumped from his position with bayonet fixed, fought the enemy hand to
hand killing 6 and routed the rest. When he returned to his position, he
was killed by enemy artillery fire. For his leadership and great valor,
Sergeant Porter was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart posthumously.