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Vian in Sequoyah County, Oklahoma — The American South (West South Central)

Frederick F. Henry Memorial

Frederick F. Henry Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe
1. Frederick F. Henry Memorial Marker
Inscription. Henry, Frederick F, Recipient of Congressional Medal of Honor; The Asistic Pacific Ribbon with two bronze stars; The Philippines Liberation Ribbon with bronze star; the Bronze Star Medal with an oak leaf cluster.
Erected by Town of Vian, OK.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 35° 29.838′ N, 94° 58.218′ W. Marker is in Vian, Oklahoma, in Sequoyah County. Marker is on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vian OK 74962, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tamaha Jail and Ferry Landing (approx. 6.9 miles away); Webbers Falls (approx. 9.3 miles away).
More about this marker. The Memorial to Frederick F. Henry, Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient is located in Annebelle Farmer Park, Vian, OK where he was born. He was killed in action and his remains were never recovered. His Medal of Honor information and citation:
• Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment.
• Place and date: Vicinity of Am-Dong, Korea, 1 September 1950.
• Entered service at: Clinton, Okla.
• G.O. No.: 8, 16 February 1951.
Citation: 1st Lt. Henry, Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. His platoon was holding a strategic ridge near the town when they were attacked by a superior enemy force, supported by heavy mortar and artillery fire. Seeing his platoon disorganized by this fanatical assault, he left his foxhole and moving along the line ordered his men to stay in place and keep firing. Encouraged by this heroic action the platoon reformed a defensive line and rained devastating fire on the enemy, checking its advance. Enemy fire had knocked out all communications and 1st Lt. Henry was unable to determine whether or not the main line of resistance was altered to this heavy attack. On his own initiative, although severely wounded, he decided to hold his position as long as possible and ordered the wounded evacuated and their weapons and ammunition brought to him. Establishing a l-man defensive position, he ordered the platoon's withdrawal and despite his wound and with complete disregard for himself remained behind to cover the movement. When last seen he was single-handedly firing all available weapons so effectively that he caused an estimated 50 enemy casualties. His ammunition was soon expended and his position overrun, but this intrepid action saved the platoon and halted the enemy's advance until the main line of resistance was prepared to throw back the attack. 1st Lt. Henry's outstanding gallantry and noble self-sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty reflect the highest honor on him and are in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.
Categories. War, Korean
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