Citation Accompanying the Medal of Honor Presented to Corporal Duane E. Dewey.
THE PRESIDENT of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to
CORPORAL DUANE E. DEWEY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE,
for service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Gunner in a Machine-Gun Platoon of Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near Panmunjom, Korea, on 16 April 1952. When an enemy grenade landed close to his position while he and his assistant gunner were receiving medical attention for their wounds during a fierce night attack by numerically superior hostile forces, Corporal Dewey, although suffering intense pain, immediately pulled the corpsman to the ground and, shouting a warning to the other Marines around him, bravely smothered the deadly missile with his body, personally absorbing the full force of the explosion to save his comrades from possible injury or death. His indomitable courage, outstanding initiative and valiant efforts in behalf of others in the face of almost certain death reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Dewey and enhance the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER
Note: The medal was presented by the President in his office.
Dwight D. Eisenhower, Citation Accompanying the Medal of Honor Presented to Corporal Duane E. Dewey. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/231501