DUANE E. DEWEY
CORPORAL US MARINE CORPS
CORPPORAL DUANE E. DEWEY
Corporal Dewey, a resident of Hawthorne, Florida is the first
person to receive the MEDAL OF HONOR from President
Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Corporal Dewey earned the Nation's
highest award for heroism on April 16, 1952 when, already
wounded, he smothered and exploding enemy
his own body to save the lives of his comrades.
Corporal Dewey earned the MEDAL OF HONOR near Panmunjom, Korea while serving
as leader of the machine-gun squad with Company E, 5th Marines,
1st Marine Division. He had been wounded and was being treated by a
Navy Corpsman when an enemy grenade landed at the squad's postion. Yanking the corpsman to the ground, and warning members of the
squad, Corporal Dewey flung himself on the grenade, "Doc, I got it in my hip pocket!'
In addition to the MEDAL OF HONOR, Corporal Dewey's
awards include the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal with two battle stars, and the United Nations Service Medal.
lives happily with his wife Bertha and is involved with the many veterans organization in and around Alachua County.
Corporal Dewey and President Eisenhower
Bertha and Duane at there
home in Hawthorne
Bertha and Duane listening to
the Star Spangle Banner
MARINE CORPS BALL 2007
US Army Retired
Richard C. Rubanick
Dale R. Rubanick
US Marine Corps
Duane E. Dewey
MEDAL OF HONOR