This Week in Arkansas History, Episode 46: “Medal of Honor: James R. Hendrix”

This Week in Arkansas History, Episode 46: “Medal of Honor: James R. Hendrix”


Episode 46 — Medal of Honor: Hendrix Hi, I’m Secretary of State Mark Martin,
and welcome to This Week in Arkansas History. Growing up as a sharecropper in Lepanto, James Richard Hendrix may have thought
he would never see the world. But in 1944, when he was 18, he was drafted into the Army to fight in World War Two. In December that year, he was in Belgium, trying to break through a siege to Bastogne. The soldiers were halted by hostile
artillery fire and small arms fire. Private Hendrix jumped from his half-track
and attacked two 88 millimeter guns. Later he silenced two more hostile
machine guns with his own fire to cover the evacuation
of two wounded soldiers. Hendrix then raced through sniper fire to rescue another wounded soldier
who was trapped in a burning half-track full of exploding ammunition. Nine months later he was awarded the Medal of Honor. Hendrix eventually became
a master sergeant and served in the Korean War before leaving
the Army in 1965. He died in 2002 and is buried in Florida. Join me next time for more Arkansas history,
and check out at www.sos.arkansas.gov for educational resources.

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