George Dalton Libby
Sergeant, United States Army
on December 4, 1919 at Brideton, Maine, he earned the Medal of Honor during
the Korean War while serving with the Third Combat Engineer Battalion on
July 20, 1950. He was in a truck in the Pusan Perimeter and was trying
to break out of any enemy encirclement when enemy fire disabled the truck,
wounding or killing everyone else on board but him. He fought off the enemy
and gave medical assistance to the wounded, then loading them on a passing
vehicle. He shielded the driver of the that vehicle with his own body and
received a number of wounds, finally dying from their effect.
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, which was the FIRST awarded during the Korean War. His body was returned to the United States for burial in Section 34 of Arlington National Cemetery.
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LIBBY, GEORGE D.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 3d Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Taejon, Korea, 20 July 1950. Entered service at: Waterbury, Connecticut Birth: Bridgton, Maine. G.O. No.: 62, 2 August 1951.
Sgt. Libby distinguished himself by conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action.
While breaking through an enemy encirclement, the vehicle in which he was
riding approached an enemy roadblock and encountered devastating fire which
disabled the truck, killing or wounding all the passengers except Sgt.
Libby. Taking cover in a ditch Sgt. Libby engaged the enemy and despite
the heavy fire crossed the road twice to administer aid to his wounded
comrades. He then hailed a passing M-5 artillery tractor and helped the
wounded aboard. The enemy directed intense small-arms fire at the driver,
and Sgt. Libby, realizing that no one else could operate the vehicle, placed
himself between the driver and the enemy thereby shielding him while he
returned the fire. During this action he received several wounds in the
arms and body. Continuing through the town the tractor made frequent stops
and Sgt. Libby helped more wounded aboard. Refusing first aid, he continued
to shield the driver and return the fire of the enemy when another roadblock
was encountered. Sgt. Libby received additional wounds but held his position
until he lost consciousness. Sgt. Libby's sustained, heroic actions enabled
his comrades to reach friendly lines. His dauntless courage and gallant
self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the esteemed
traditions of the U.S. Army.
Photo courtesy of Raymond L. Collins, 1990
Courtesy of the American Battle Monuments Commission
George D. Libby
Cumberland, Maine - Born 1919
Sergeant, US Army
Killed in Action July 20, 1950 in Korea
Sergeant Libby was a member of Company
C, 3rd Engineer Combat Battalion 24th Infantry Division. On July 20, 1950,
the truck in which he was riding near Taejon, South Korea was disabled
and the other passengers were killed or wounded. He stopped an M-5 artillery
tractor and placed the wounded on board. When the tractor came under fire
and Sergeant Libby was wounded, he positioned himself between the driver
and the enemy and fired upon the enemy until he was mortally wounded. For
his leadership and extreme valor, Sergeant Libby was awarded the first
Medal of Honor given during the Korean War and the Purple Heart.
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