Robert M. Mcgovern

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Robert M. Mcgovern

First Lieutenant Robert M. McGovern was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Army Officer Candidate Class 3, 29 April 1947. His last duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, Company A, 5th Cavalry, Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Korea. | First Lieutenant McGovern was awarded the Medal of Honor. | First Lieutenant McGovern, a member of Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. As First Lieutenant McGovern led his platoon up a slope to engage hostile troops emplaced in bunker-type pillboxes with connecting trenches, the unit came under heavy machine gun and rifle fire from the crest of the hill, approximately 75 yards distant. Despite a wound sustained in this initial burst of withering fire, First Lieutenant McGovern, assured the men of his ability to continue on and urged them forward. Forging up the rocky incline, he fearlessly led the platoon to within several yards of its objective when the ruthless foe threw and rolled a vicious barrage of handgrenades on the group and halted the advance. Enemy fire increased in volume and intensity and First Lieutenant McGovern realizing that casualties were rapidly increasing and the morale of his men badly shaken, hurled back several grenades before they exploded. Then, disregarding his painful wound and weakened condition he charged a machine gun emplacement which was raking his position with flanking fire. When he was within 10 yards of the position a burst of fire ripped the carbine from his hands, but, undaunted, he continued his lone-man assault and, firing his pistol and throwing grenades, killed seven hostile soldiers before falling mortally wounded in front of the gun he had silenced. First Lieutenant McGovern's incredible display of valor imbued his men with indomitable resolution to avenge his death. Fixing bayonets and throwing grenades, they charged with such ferocity that hostile positions were overrun and the enemy routed from the hill. The inspirational leadership, unflinching courage, and intrepid actions of First Lieutenant McGovern reflected utmost glory on himself and the honored tradition of the military services.

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Graduated From
Fort Riley, Kansas
MH ID#
MH_00023
Highest Award
Medal of Honor
Year Inducted
2003
Branch Of Service
Infantry
Rank
First Lieutenant
HF ID #
HF_02219

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