Vincent Award #6: Rudy Hernandez

Rudy Hernandez gets this week's Vincent Award:

 "I was just mad. It's all I could think of. I was hurt bad and getting dizzy. I knew the doctors could not repair the damage. I thought I might as well end it now," Hernandez said. "They gave the order to withdraw, but I didn't. My gun jammed, so I stuck a bayonet in my rifle and threw several grenades from my foxhole. Then I got up and ran out to meet the enemy. Every time I took a step blood rolled down my face. It was hard to see. They said I killed six with my bayonet."

Cpl. Rudy Hernandez who fought in the Korean War and Medal of Honor recipient dies this past Saturday at the age of 82. Rudy's seemingly final act courge from that foxhole near the Korean town of Wontong-mi stopped the enemy advance and sparked a counterattack by his combat team. Rudy was assumed dead when he was found next to the bodies of six North Korean soldiers he had killed single-handedly with his bayonette. Rudy woke up a month later in a North Korean hospital and it took another 8-weeks for him to recover enough to go back to the states. Doctors had to replace part of his skull and then Rudy had to learn to walk all over again.

The Los Angeles Times originally published this news story.

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