The President of the United States
in the name of
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S.
Army, Company D, 20th Infantry, 6th Infantry Division. Place and date: Cordillera
Mountains, Luzon, Philippine Islands, 29 July 1945. Entered service at: Nashport,
Ohio. Birth: Salem, W. Va. G.O. No.: 49, 31 May 1946.
He displayed conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while
fighting in the Cordillera Mountains of Luzon, Philippine Islands. When 2 Filipino
companies were pinned down under a torrent of enemy fire that converged on them from a
circular ridge commanding their position, Cpl. Mayfield, in a gallant single-handed effort
to aid them, rushed from shell hole to shell hole until he reached 4 enemy caves atop the
barren fire-swept hill. With grenades and his carbine, he assaulted each of the caves
while enemy fire pounded about him. However, before he annihilated the last hostile
redoubt, a machinegun bullet destroyed his weapon and slashed his left hand.
Disregarding his wound, he secured more grenades and dauntlessly charged again into
the face of pointblank fire to help destroy a hostile observation post. By his
gallant determination and heroic leadership, Cpl. Mayfield inspired the men to eliminate
all remaining pockets of resistance in the area and to press the advance against the