HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Foreign Affairs & National Security » Veterans (Group) » He mentored decades of Ar...

Sat May 1, 2021, 08:54 AM

He mentored decades of Army Rangers. At 94, he'll receive the Medal of Honor

Shivering in freezing temperatures, about 50 U.S. soldiers braced for the worst. Hundreds of Chinese soldiers were about to launch a series of bloody attacks on the hill the Americans had just taken under fire, and no reinforcements were within a mile.

The clash that then-1st Lt. Ralph Puckett and his soldiers experienced that night on “Hill 205” came at the outset of the Battle of the Chongchon River, a pivotal moment in which senior U.S. commanders were surprised by China’s full-scale entry into the Korean War.

Thousands of U.S. soldiers died in following days as they withdrew hundreds of miles back into South Korea in what the Army now describes as the longest retreat in U.S. military history.

Puckett, who commanded the Eighth Army Ranger Company, was wounded by a hand grenade in the first attack on the hill on Nov. 25, 1950, but stayed in command. American and South Korean soldiers absorbed five more chaotic, armed assaults through the night before Puckett ordered his soldiers to withdraw the following morning as the Chinese threatened to overrun them.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/04/30/he-mentored-decades-army-rangers-94-hell-receive-medal-honor/

5 replies, 921 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply He mentored decades of Army Rangers. At 94, he'll receive the Medal of Honor (Original post)
douglas9 May 2021 OP
NNadir May 2021 #1
tymorial May 2021 #2
lapfog_1 May 2021 #3
DashOneBravo May 2021 #5
DashOneBravo May 2021 #4


Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 09:57 AM

2. Wow

Not ashamed to admit I teared up a little.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 10:16 AM

3. I have only one question

what took so long in getting this man the medal of honor?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to lapfog_1 (Reply #3)

Sat May 1, 2021, 11:33 AM

5. A lot of time

It’s because of a lack of witnesses.

Especially is small units where they had causalities or have died over the years.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to douglas9 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 11:31 AM

4. Outstanding

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread