Medal of Honor
West, Ernest E.
Rank and Organization:
Private First Class, U.S.
Army, Company L, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division.
Place and Date:
Near Sataeri, Korea, 12 October
Entered Service at:
Wurtland Ky. Born: 2
September 1931, Russell, Ky. G.O. No.: 7
PFC West distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and
beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He
voluntarily accompanied a contingent to locate and destroy a reported
enemy outpost. Nearing the objective, the patrol was ambushed
and suffered numerous casualties. Observing his wounded leader
lying in an exposed position, PFC West ordered the troops to withdraw,
then braved intense fire to reach and assist him. While
attempting evacuation, he was attacked by 3 hostile soldiers employing
grenades and small arms fire. Quickly shifting his body to
shelter the officer, he killed the assailants with his rifle, then
carried the helpless man to safety. He was critically wounded
and lost an eye in this action, but courageously returned through
withering fire and bursting shells to assist the wounded. While
evacuating 2 comrades, he closed with and killed 3 more of the foe.
PFC West's indomitable spirit, consummate valor, and intrepid actions
inspired all who observed him, reflect the highest credit on himself,
and uphold the honored traditions of the military service