Korea Vets Awarded MOH

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Korea Vets Awarded MOH. Almost 60 years after they gave their lives for their fellow soldiers, two Korean War veterans - -PFC Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano and PFC Henry Svehla - were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for valor in combat, at a White House ceremony in early May.

PFC Kaho'ohanohano, Company H, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, was in charge of a machinegun squad near Chopra-ri, Korea, on September 1, 1951. Faced with an overwhelming number of enemy forces, friendly troops were forced to fall back, and PFC Kaho'ohanohano ordered his machine-gun squad to take up more defensible positions and cover their withdrawal. PFC Kaho'ohanohano was wounded in the shoulder during the enemy assault, but he gathered up grenades and ammunition, returned to the squad's original position, and fired directly into the ranks of the oncoming enemy. When his ammunition ran out, he fought hand to hand until he was killed. PFC Kaho'ohanohano's heroic stand so inspired his fellow soldiers that they launched a counterattack that routed the enemy. Upon reaching his emplacement, reads PFC Kaho'ohanohano's citation, troops discovered "11 enemy soldiers lying dead before it and two within ..."

PFC Kaho'ohanohano was 20 years old. He was a native of Maui, Hawaii, and is buried in the veterans' cemetery there. …