Ernest E. West
|Ernest E. West|
Medal of Honor recipient Ernest West in 2009
|Birth name||Ernest Edison West|
|Born||September 2, 1931|
Russell, Kentucky, U.S.
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1950 – 1953|
|Rank||Private First Class|
|Unit||3rd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Ernest Edison "Ernie" West (born September 2, 1931) is a former United States Army soldier. He is a recipient of the U.S. military's highest decoration, the Medal of Honor and the Purple Heart, for his actions in the Korean War.
Early life[change | change source]
Korean War and Medal of Honor[change | change source]
After his unit was ambushed near Sataeri on that day, he ran through heavy fire to rescue his wounded commander, Capt. George Gividen. As he was pulling the man to safety, three hostile soldiers attacked. West shielded the commander with his body and killed the attackers with his rifle, suffering a wound which resulted in the loss of his eye in the process.
Despite this injury, he remained on the field and assisted in the evacuation of other wounded men, at one point killing three more hostile soldiers. For these actions, he was awarded the Medal of Honor just over a year later, on January 29, 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
References[change | change source]
- "MSN - Outlook, Office, Skype, Bing, Breaking News, and Latest Videos". www.msn.com.
- "Medal of Honor Recipients - Korean War". Medal of Honor Citations. United States Army Center of Military History. August 5, 2010. Retrieved November 16, 2010.