Medal of Honor: John Hawk (A Moment of Valor)

Medal of Honor: John Hawk (A Moment of Valor)


NARRATOR: The Medal Of Honor is the highest award given by our country for acts
of heroism and valor in combat. This is the story of one hero. With America immersed in war on two fronts
around the world, John Hawk enlisted in the army directly out of high school in 1943. The following year his first major action
brought him to the French town of Chambois, to a tiny gap known as the Falaise Pocket. Our mission simply was to stop everything
we could from getting out through the gap. We were on one side of a field backed with
the tank destroyers, and then Germans were on the other side. But visibility what it was the tank destroyers couldn’t see them. Can’t see them, can’t shoot ’em. Well I could see them. And I said, “If I line you up will you shoot? And then we’ll correct.” I exposed myself standing out there trying
to look like a fence post in the orchard. Go 20 feet to the left, or raise it up three
feet. Germans were getting shot by somebody they
couldn’t see. So we knocked out a couple of them and the other one backed off. It was literally the turning point of the
whole battle. NARRATOR: But for Hawk, the day’s events were far from over… when an unseen enemy tank shot him through
the orchard. To me it was like getting hit with a sledge
hammer, and I couldn’t tell whether I had a broken leg or
no leg, or what. So I went back to the aid station and away
we went. NARRATOR: As a result of the battle, the key
area of the Falaise pocket was cut off, forcing 5,000 stranded Germans
to surrender. Sergeant Hawk continued to fight for five
more months until another wound in Germany sent him home to Washington State to recuperate. It was there that he was notified he would
be receiving the Medal Of Honor. There are no winners in a war. The worst thing that can happen to a human
being is to have to take the life of another human being. There is one reason that they can do that
terrible thing: you. ANNOUNCER: Find more at moments.org

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *