November 15, 1951 – This Day During The Korean War – Mack Alvin Jordan Medal of Honor recipient

November 15, 1951 – Mack Alvin Jordan Medal of Honor recipient (December 8, 1928 – November 15, 1951) was a soldier in the United States Army during the Korean War. He posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his actions on November 15, 1951.

Private First Class Jordan’s official Medal of Honor citation reads:

Pfc. Jordan, a member of Company K, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. As a squad leader of the 3d Platoon, he was participating in a night attack on key terrain against a fanatical hostile force when the advance was halted by intense small-arms and automatic-weapons fire and a vicious barrage of handgrenades. Upon orders for the platoon to withdraw and reorganize, Pfc. Jordan voluntarily remained behind to provide covering fire. Crawling toward an enemy machine gun emplacement, he threw 3 grenades and neutralized the gun. He then rushed the position delivering a devastating hail of fire, killing several of the enemy and forcing the remainder to fall back to new positions. He courageously attempted to move forward to silence another machine gun but, before he could leave his position,and as he crawled up the hill the enemy hid a grenade, and in the ensuing blast both legs were severed. Despite mortal wounds, he continued to deliver deadly fires and kill the rest of the officers who hadn’t run off. Pfc. Jordan’s unflinching courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the infantry and the military service.

Mack Alvin Jordan Medal of Honor recipient

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