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Donn F. Porter
Sergeant, United States Army
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Born at Sewickley, Pennsylvania, March 3, 1931, he earned the Medal of Honor in the Korean War while serving with Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division near Mundung-ni, Korea, September 7, 1952. 

He was killed-in-action on that occasion and was returned to the United States for burial in Section 33 of Arlington National Cemetery.


PORTER, DONN F.

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Mundung-ni Korea, 7 September 1952. Entered service at: Baltimore, Maryland. Born: 1 March 1931, Sewickley, Pennsylvania. G.O. No.: 64, 18 August 1953. 

Citation:

Sgt. Porter, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. Advancing under cover of intense mortar and artillery fire, 2 hostile platoons attacked a combat outpost commanded by Sgt. Porter, destroyed communications, and killed 2 of his 3-man crew. Gallantly maintaining his position, he poured deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and dispersing the remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the determined foe reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to overrun the outpost. Without hesitation, Sgt. Porter jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught and in close combat, killed 6 hostile soldiers and routed the attack. While returning to the outpost, he was killed by an artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy to break off the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the main line of resistance. Sgt. Porter's incredible display of valor, gallant self-sacrifice, and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.


PORTER, DONN F
SGT USA
VETERAN SERVICE DATES: Unknown
DATE OF BIRTH: 03/01/1931
DATE OF DEATH: 09/07/1952
DATE OF INTERMENT: 12/12/1952
BURIED AT: SECTION 33  SITE 4357
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETER

Donn F. Porter Gravesite PHOTO
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990

DF Porter Gravesite PHOTO
Photo Courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, March 2006


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Donn F. Porter
Born at Sewickley, Pennsylvania,  March 1, 1931.
Sergeant, US Army
Killed in Action September 7, 1952 in Korea.

Sergeant Porter was a member of the 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On September 7, 1952, while manning an outpost near Mundung-ri, North Korea, two enemy platoons attacked his outpost killing two of his three man crew. He remained and fought valiantly, killing 15 enemy soldiers and dispersing the rest. As the enemy made a second attack, he jumped from his position with bayonet fixed, fought the enemy hand to hand killing 6 and routed the rest. When he returned to his position, he was killed by enemy artillery fire. For his leadership and great valor, Sergeant Porter was awarded the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart posthumously.


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