Medal of Honor Recipient Hiroshi Miyamura Describes Brutal Hand-to-Hand Combat
On the night of April 24, 1951, Hiroshi Miyamura was occupying a defensive position south of the Imjin River, when enemy forces fanatically attacked his position. Aware of the imminent danger to his men he unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter wielding his bayonet in close hand-to-hand combat killing 10 enemy soldiers.
Miyamura returned to his machine gun emplacement and delivered withering fire as their lines were hit by another savage attack. Sensing the position was about to be overrun he ordered his men to withdraw while he remained alone to cover their retreat. He killed more than 50 of the enemy before his ammunition was depleted and he was severely wounded.
Miyamura would survive his wounds and be taken prisoner after his heroic stand. After a forced march of 300 miles Miyamura would spend the next 28 months as a POW.
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