The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*PORTER, DONN F.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company G, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Mundung-ni Korea, 7 September 1952. Entered service at: Baltimore, Md. Born:
1 March 1931, Sewickley, Pa. G.O. No.: 64, 18 August 1953.
Sgt. Porter, a member of Company G,
distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. Advancing under cover of intense mortar and
artillery fire, 2 hostile platoons attacked a combat outpost commanded by Sgt. Porter,
destroyed communications, and killed 2 of his 3-man crew. Gallantly maintaining his
position, he poured deadly accurate fire into the ranks of the enemy, killing 15 and
dispersing the remainder. After falling back under a hail of fire, the determined foe
reorganized and stormed forward in an attempt to overrun the outpost. Without hesitation,
Sgt. Porter jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught and in
close combat, killed 6 hostile soldiers and routed the attack. While returning to the
outpost, he was killed by an artillery burst, but his courageous actions forced the enemy
to break off the engagement and thwarted a surprise attack on the main line of resistance.
Sgt. Porter's incredible display of valor, gallant self-sacrifice, and consummate devotion
to duty reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the