The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

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EUGENE A. OBREGON
Private First Class
United States Marine Corps

Citation:

Private First Class Eugene A. Oberegon
United States Marine Corps

For service as set forth in the following:For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above the call of duty while serving with Company G, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces at Seoul, Korea, on 26 September 1950. While serving as an ammunition carrier of a machine-gun squad in a Marine Rifle Company which was temporarily pinned down by hostile fire, Private First Class Obregon observed a fellow Marine fall wounded in the line of fire. Armed only with a pistol, he unhesitatingly dashed from his covered position to the side of the casualty. Firing his pistol with one hand and, despite the great peril to himself, dragged him to the side of the road. Still under enemy fire, he was bandaging the man's wounds when hostile troops of approximately platoon strength began advancing towards his position. Quickly seizing the wounded Marine's carbine, he placed his own body as a shield in front of him and lay there firing accurately and effectively into the hostile group until he himself was fatally wounded by enemy machine-gun fire. By his courageous fighting spirit, fortitude and loyal devotion to duty, Private First Class Obregon enabled his fellow Marines to rescue the wounded man and aided essentially in repelling the attack, thereby sustaining the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Harry S. Truman
President of the United States

Private First Class Eugene A. Obregon, 19, of Los Angeles, California, earned the Medal of Honor in Korea for sacrificing his life to save that of a wounded comrade.

The Nation's highest decoration for valor was awarded to the young Marine posthumously for extraordinary heroism on 26 September 1950, at Seoul, when he shielded a fallen friend with his body until fatally wounded by enemy machine gun fire. The Medal of Honor was presented to his parents by Secretary of the Navy Daniel A. Kimball on 30 August 1951.

Born 12 November 1930, in Los Angeles, California, Eugene Arnold Obregon attended elementary schools there and later Roosevelt High School before enlisting in the Marine Corps on 7 June 1948, at the age of 17.

Following recruit training at San Diego, California, he was assigned to the Marine Corps Supply Depot, Barstow, California, where he served as a fireman until the outbreak of the war in Korea. He was transferred to the 1st Marine Provisional Brigade and served as a machine gun ammunition carrier. His unit departed the United States on 14 July 1950 and arrived at Pusan, Korea, on 3 August 1950.

He was in action by 8 August 1950, along the Naktong River, and participated in the lnchon landing. Then, on 26 September, during the assault on the city of Seoul, came the act in which he gave his life.

The wounded comrade was PFC Bert M. Johnson, 19, of Grand Prairie, Texas. He was hospitalized, recovered, and returned to duty in the United States at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

In addition to the Medal of Honor, PFC Obregon also was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Korean Service Medal with three bronze stars.

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