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Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients from Pickens County, SC

Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients from Pickens County, SC

 

Click to watch Event Video of MOH Dedication Program on June 6, 2015

Held at Liberty Civic Auditorium, 314 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29647

Featured Speaker Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (RET), MOH Recipient

SMITH, FURMAN L.

  • Rank and organization: Private, U.S. Army, 135th Infantry, 34th Infantry Division

  • Place and date: Near Lanuvio, Italy, 31 May 1944

  • Entered service at: Central, S.C.

  • G.O. No.: 6, 24 January 1945

    Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In its attack on a strong point, an infantry company was held up by intense enemy fire. The group to which Pvt. Smith belonged was far in the lead when attacked by a force of 80 Germans. The squad leader and 1 other man were seriously wounded and other members of the group withdrew to the company position, but Pvt. Smith refused to leave his wounded comrades. He placed them in the shelter of shell craters and then alone faced a strong enemy counterattack, temporarily checking it by his accurate rifle fire at close range, killing and wounding many of the foe. Against overwhelming odds, he stood his ground until shot down and killed, rifle in hand.

    Click for Video about the life of Furman Leon Smith

    Click for Event Video of Furman Leon Smith MOH Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Six Mile Fire Station, 629 Mt. Olivet Rd, Six Mile SC 29682

McWHORTER, WILLIAM A.

  • Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company M, 126th Infantry, 32d Infantry Division

  • Place and date: Leyte, Philippine Islands, 5 December 1944

  • Entered service at: Liberty, S.C.

  • G.O. No.: 82, 27 September 1945

    Citation: He displayed gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in operations against the enemy. Pfc. McWhorter, a machine gunner, was emplaced in a defensive position with 1 assistant when the enemy launched a heavy attack. Manning the gun and opening fire, he killed several members of an advancing demolition squad, when 1 of the enemy succeeded in throwing a fused demolition charge in the entrenchment. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Pfc. McWhorter picked up the improvised grenade and deliberately held it close to his body, bending over and turning away from his companion. The charge exploded, killing him instantly, but leaving his assistant unharmed. Pfc. McWhorter's outstanding heroism and supreme sacrifice in shielding a comrade reflect the highest traditions of the military service.

    Click for Video about the life of William Alexander McWhorter

    Click to watch Event Video of William Alexander McWhorter MOH Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Magistrates Office, 310 W. Main St, Liberty, SC 29647 

BARKER, CHARLES H.

  • Rank and organization: Private First Class (then Pvt.), U.S. Army, Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

  • Place and date: Near Sokkogae, Korea, 4 June 1953.

  • Entered service at: Pickens County, S.C.

  • G.O. No.: 37, 7 June 1955.

    Citation: Pfc. Barker, 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. While participating in a combat patrol engaged in screening an approach to "Pork-Chop Outpost," Pfc. Barker and his companions surprised and engaged an enemy group digging emplacements on the slope. Totally unprepared, the hostile troops sought cover. After ordering Pfc. Barker and a comrade to lay down a base of fire, the patrol leader maneuvered the remainder of the platoon to a vantage point on higher ground. Pfc. Barker moved to an open area firing his rifle and hurling grenades on the hostile positions. As enemy action increased in volume and intensity, mortar bursts fell on friendly positions, ammunition was in critical supply, and the platoon was ordered to withdraw into a perimeter defense preparatory to moving back to the outpost. Voluntarily electing to cover the retrograde movement, he gallantly maintained a defense and was last seen in close hand-to-hand combat with the enemy. Pfc. Barker's unflinching courage, consummate devotion to duty, and supreme sacrifice enabled the patrol to complete the mission and effect an orderly withdrawal to friendly lines, reflecting lasting glory upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the military service.

    Click for Video about the life of Charles Hayward Barker

    Click to watch Event Video of Charles Hayward Barker MOH Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Pickens Rural Fire Station #1, 756 Concord Church Rd, Pickens, SC 29671

HOWE, JAMES D.

  • Rank and Organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division

  • Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 6 May 1970

    Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company I, during operations against enemy forces. In the early morning hours L/Cpl. Howe and 2 other marines were occupying a defensive position in a sandy beach area fronted by bamboo thickets. Enemy sappers suddenly launched a grenade attack against the position, utilizing the cover of darkness to carry out their assault. Following the initial explosions of the grenades, L/Cpl. Howe and his 2 comrades moved to a more advantageous position in order to return suppressive fire. When an enemy grenade landed in their midst, L/Cpl. Howe immediately shouted a warning and then threw himself upon the deadly missile, thereby protecting the lives of the fellow marines. His heroic and selfless action was in keeping with the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the U.S. Naval Service. He valiantly gave his life in the service of his country.

    Click for Video about the life of James Donnie Howe

    Click to watch Event Video of James Donnie Howe MOH Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Liberty Fire Station #2, 110 Rice’s Creek Rd, Liberty, SC 29657

     

     

     

       
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314 W. Main Street
Liberty, SC 29657