The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MENDONCA, LEROY A.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company B, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Chich-on, Korea, 4 July 1951. Entered service at: Honolulu, T.H. Birth:
Honolulu, T.H. G.O. No.: 83, 3 September 1952.
Sgt. LeRoy A. Mendonca, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. After his platoon, in an exhaustive fight,
had captured Hill 586, the newly won positions were assaulted during the night by a
numerically superior enemy force. When the 1st Platoon positions were outflanked and under
great pressure and the platoon was ordered to withdraw to a secondary line of defense,
Sgt. Mendonca voluntarily remained in an exposed position and covered the platoon's
withdrawal. Although under murderous enemy fire, he fired his weapon and hurled grenades
at the onrushing enemy until his supply of ammunition was exhausted. He fought on,
clubbing with his rifle and using his bayonet until he was mortally wounded. After the
action it was estimated that Sgt. Mendonca had accounted for 37 enemy casualties. His
daring actions stalled the crushing assault, protecting the platoon's withdrawal to
secondary positions, and enabling the entire unit to repel the enemy attack and retain
possession of the vital hilltop position. Sgt. Mendonca's extraordinary gallantry and
exemplary valor are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.