Edward Clyde Benfold
|Edward Clyde Benfold|
Hospitalman Edward Benfold
January 15, 1931|
Staten Island, New York
|Died||September 5, 1952
KIA in Korea
|Place of burial||Beverly National Cemetery
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1949 - 1952|
|Rank||Hospital Corpsman Third Class|
|Unit||2nd Battalion 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division|
|Awards||Medal of Honor
Purple Heart Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation
Edward Clyde Benfold (January 15, 1931 – September 5, 1952) was a United States Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class who was killed in action while assigned to the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award for valor, for his heroic action on September 5, 1952.
He entered the United States Navy at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in June 1949. After completion of Navy recruit training in Great Lakes, Illinois, he was selected for "A" school training there at the Naval Hospital Corps School.
- Fleet Marine Force
In July 1951, he was designated as a Medical Field Technician and was ordered to duty with the Fleet Marine Force (FMF), Ground, Pacific. After a tour of duty with a Marine unit, he was reassigned to the Fleet Marine Force and was assigned to Company E, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division in Korea and was killed in action while saving the lives of two wounded Marines during the battle of "Bunker Hill" (Hill 122) (Aug. 12-16-Sept. 5-15), an outpost in western Korea on September 5, 1952.
Medal of Honor
He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously. The medal was presented to his one-year old son (NOK; wife remarried) on July 16, 1953.
He is buried in Beverly National Cemetery, New Jersey. His grave can be found in the distinguished service section, Grave 12.
Military decorations & awards
Medal of Honor citation
He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously:
For gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Hospital Corpsman, attached to a company in the First Marine Division during operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on September 5, 1952. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force estimated at battalion strength, BENFOLD resolutely moved from position to position in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and the rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed two Marines in a large crater. As he approached the two men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw two grenades into the crater while two other enemies charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each hand, BENFOLD leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the onrushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, BENFOLD, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his two comrades. His exceptional courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Benfold (DDG-65) was named after Hospital Corpsman Third Class Edward C. Benfold and commissioned on March 30, 1996 at Broadway Pier in San Diego.
- Braun, Martin Z. "A New Book Chronicles Audubon's Ties To Ship The Uss Benfold, Named For A Korean War Hero From Town, Enjoys A Special Relationship With Borough Residents.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 19, 1999. Accessed May 29, 2013.
- US. Naval Institute, Naval History & Heritage Command, "Naval History Blog, HM3 Edward C. Benfold", September 5, 2011 
- U.S. Navy Institute, Naval History & Heritage Command, "Naval History Blog, HM3 Edward C. Benfold, September 5, 2011 
- USS Benfold commissioning invitation for March 13, 1996; changed to March 30 
- USS Benfold poster, "Onward With Valor"
- USS Benfold photo
- "Edward Clyde Benfold". Claim to Fame: Medal of Honor recipients. Find a Grave. Retrieved December 13, 2007.
- "Global Security". Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- "USS Benfold (DDG-65) Official Navy Website". United States Navy. Retrieved September 27, 2010.
- Who's Who in Marine Corps History