George Herman O’Brien

George Herman O’Brien

Oct. 27, 1952 Near Panmunjom, Korea Marine 2nd lieutenant George Herman O’Brien leads his platoon to retake a vital hill in an area known as “The Hook” which has been overrun by a huge Chinese force. Facing withing enemy fire, O’Brien led his...
Marine Colonel Van D. Bell Jr.

Marine Colonel Van D. Bell Jr.

Hwach’on, Korea, 29 May 1951 UN and American forces have launched a counteroffensive to push Chinese and North Korean forces north, away from strategic locations in Gangwon Province.  The terrain is extremely rugged–ridges and narrow valleys with few roads...
Tibor Rubin

Tibor Rubin

He survived a Nazi concentration camp and a Chinese prison camp and single-handedly defended a hill against a North Korean assault in order to allow his fellow soldiers to retreat to safety. Born to Jewish parents in Hungary, Tibor Rubin was sent to Mauthausen...
Edward Clyde Benfold

Edward Clyde Benfold

Known as “The Forgotten War”, the Korean War (6/25/1950-7/27/1953) is best remembered in the movie and television series, MASH. Unlike in the series, there was little time for lighthearted hijinks in the real war. Medical personnel had no immunity from...
William Earl Barber

William Earl Barber

Marine Corps second lieutenant William Barber was wounded in action on Iwo Jima during World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and Silver Star for rescuing two wounded comrades by directing enemy fire at himself and away from them. Many years later, as Colonel...
“Be There”

“Be There”

Ralph Puckett’s desire to serve with the newly-formed 8th Army Ranger Company in 1950 was so strong that he was willing to take a squad leader’s or rifleman’s job, because there were no lieutenant positions available. He had recently graduated from...