Summary

A marine who served in the Korean War and received the Medal of Honor for covering an exploding grenade with his body to protect those around him.

Conflict Period:
Korean War 1
Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Birth:
16 Nov 1931 2
Grand Rapids, Michigan 3
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Full Name:
Duane Edgar Dewey 2
Full Name:
Duane E Dewey 1
Birth:
16 Nov 1931 2
Grand Rapids, Michigan 2
Birth:
Michigan 1
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Marriage:
Bertha Dewey 3
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Korean War 1

Branch:
Marine Corps 1
Rank:
Corporal 1
Service Start Date:
1951 2
Service End Date:
1952 2
Enlistment Location:
Michigan 1
Date:
16 Apr 1952 1
Location:
Near Panmunjon, Korea 1
Military Unit:
Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division 1

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a gunner in a machinegun platoon of Company E, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When an enemy grenade' landed close to his position while he and his assistant gunner were receiving medical attention for their wounds during a fierce night attack by numerically superior hostile forces, Cpl. Dewey, although suffering intense pain, immediately pulled the corpsman to the ground and, shouting a warning to the other marines around him, bravely smothered the deadly missile with his body, personally absorbing the full force of the explosion to save his comrades from possible injury or death. His indomitable courage, outstanding initiative, and valiant efforts in behalf of others in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon Cpl. Dewey and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.

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