Mack A. Jordan’s Medal of Honor citation

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR (Posthumously) to

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS

MACK A. JORDAN

UNITED STATES ARMY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private First Class Mack A. Jordan (ASN: US-53054655), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company K, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Kumsong, Korea, on 15 November 1951. As a squad leader of the 3d Platoon, Private First Class Jordan was participating in a night attack on key terrain against a fanatical hostile force when the advance was halted by intense small-arms and automatic-weapons fire and a vicious barrage of hand grenades. Upon orders for the platoon to withdraw and reorganize, Private First Class Jordan voluntarily remained behind to provide covering fire. Crawling toward an enemy machinegun emplacement, he threw three grenades and neutralized the gun. He then rushed the position delivering a devastating hail of fire, killing several of the enemy and forcing the remainder to fall back to new positions. He courageously attempted to move forward to silence another machinegun but, before he could leave his position, the ruthless foe hurled explosives down the hill and in the ensuing blast both legs were severed. Despite mortal wounds, he continued to deliver deadly fire and held off the assailants until the platoon returned. Private First Class Jordan’s unflinching courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the infantry and the military service.


Born: 8 December 1928 in Collins, Miss…. Medal presented to his family by Secretary of the Army Frank C. Pace at the Pentagon on 7 January 1953… Interred: Station Creek Cemetery in Collins, Miss.

Author: Real American Heroes

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