Eduardo C. Gomez
- Not to be confused with Edward Gomez (1932–1951), who also received a Medal of Honor for action in the Korean War
Eduardo Corral Gomez
|Born||October 28, 1919|
Los Angeles, California
|Died||January 29, 1972(aged 52)|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/||United States Army|
|Rank||Sergeant First Class|
|Unit||3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Medal of Honor|
Bronze Star Medal (2)
Purple Heart (2)
Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California on October 28, 1919, and enlisted in the U.S. Army on February 9, 1949.
His actions during his time of service in the Korean War resulted in his being posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on March 18, 2014.
Medal of Honor
Gomez distinguished himself by defending his company as it was ruthlessly attacked by a hostile force, maneuvering across open ground to successfully assault a manned enemy tank. Wounded during his retreat from the tank, Gomez refused medical attention, instead manning his post and firing upon the enemy until his company formed a defensive perimeter.
The award came through the Defense Authorization Act which called for a review of Jewish American and Hispanic American veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War to ensure that no prejudice was shown to those deserving the Medal of Honor.
Medal of Honor citation
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (posthumously) to:
EDUARDO CORRAL GOMEZ
United States Army
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Sergeant Eduardo C. Gomez distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company I, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Tabu-dong, Korea on September 3, 1950. That afternoon, while conducting combat patrol, Sergeant Gomez’ company was ruthlessly attacked by a hostile force which moved within seventy-five yards of the command post before it was immobilized by rocket fire. However, an enemy tank and multiple enemy machineguns continued to rake the company perimeter with devastating fire. Realizing the tank posed a serious threat to the entire perimeter, Sergeant Gomez voluntarily crawled thirty yards across an open rice field vulnerable to enemy observation and fire, boarded the tank, pried open one of the hatches on the turret and dropped an activated grenade into the hull, killing the crew. Wounded in the left side while returning to his position, Sergeant Gomez refused evacuation. Observing that the tripod of a .30 caliber machinegun was rendered inoperable by enemy fire, he cradled the weapon in his arms, returned to the forward defensive positions, and swept the assaulting force with withering fire. Although his weapon overheated and burned his hands and his painful wound still bled, Sergeant Gomez maintained his stand and, upon orders to withdraw in the face of overwhelming enemy superiority, remained to provide protective fire. Sergeant Gomez continued to pour accurate fire into the enemy ranks, exacting a heavy toll in casualties and retarding their advance. Sergeant Gomez would not consent to leave his post for medical attention until the company established new defensive positions. Sergeant Gomez’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Other honors and awards
In addition to receiving the Medal of Honor, Gomez received:
- Bronze Star Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and "V" Device
- Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
- European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star
- World War II Victory Medal
- Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp
- National Defense Service Medal
- Combat Infantryman Badge
- Honorable Service Lapel Button-WWII
- Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
- Gold Bravery Medal of Greece Unit Citation
- CMOHS Society
- "Sergeant First Class Eduardo Corral Gomez". U.S. Army. 2014. Retrieved March 19, 2014.
- Daniel Rothberg (2014-02-21). "Obama will award Medal of Honor to 24 overlooked Army veterans". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-02-21.
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