Medal of Honor: Joseph Rodriguez (A Moment of Valor)

Medal of Honor: Joseph Rodriguez (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. On May 21, 1951, Private First Class Joseph
Rodriquez’s F Company was dispatched near the tiny village of Munye-Ri, Korea… in order to take a small but strategically
vital peak, occupied by well entrenched Communist troops. Another unit attempted to take that hill… and they never made it. So the casualties were so great they pulled
them back and then they sent us up. We got pinned down just like our predecessors. All I knew is it was up on top, that the problem
was. And I knew there were men in there shooting
at us. We were all so helpless, I felt something
had to be done. NARRATOR: Recognizing the hopelessness of
his squad’s situation, Rodriguez single-handedly launched himself
upon the unshakable enemy. With bullets showering the dirt all around
him, he ran 60 yards over open terrain toward the hidden bunkers in a last-ditch effort to complete the mission. I had my rifle, but I also had about a half
dozen grenades. I threw them, the grenades didn’t do it, so
I ran back to where the men were at, still pinned down. And I collected a few more grenades, and went
back up. When I finished throwing those grenades the
firing stopped. I was in the hospital in Japan recovering
from the wounds, and when they mentioned it I said, “Okay.” But I had no idea it would have such an impact
on our lives. I think it’s made me a better person. I know what it means now. You be proud of your heritage. You are America. ANNOUNCER: Find more, at moments.org

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