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Henry Svehla Monument

 
 
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By Don Morfe, March 3, 2012
1. Henry Svehla Monument Marker
Inscription. Private First Class Henry Svehla United States Army. Courage, Bravery, Gallantry, Valor. Medal of Honor 1932-1952. 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
 
Location. 40° 47.981′ N, 74° 9.272′ W. Marker is in Belleville, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Union Avenue (SR 647) and Tiona Avenue on Union Avenue (SR 647). Touch for map. The marker is located in Veterans Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belleville NJ 07109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To the Memory of Those Who Served (a few steps from this marker); All Wars Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.9 miles away); Victory (approx. 0.9 miles away); 150th Anniversary of Belleville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Josiah Hornblower (approx. 0.9 miles away); Revolutionary War Soldiers Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
 
Categories. War, Korean
 
Henry Svehla Monument Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 3, 2012
2. Henry Svehla Monument Marker
Henry Svehla Monument Marker-Far right background image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, March 3, 2012
3. Henry Svehla Monument Marker-Far right background
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By Don Morfe, May 27, 2012
4. Henry Svehla grave marker
He has a "In Memory Of" marker in Arlington National Cemetery, Section MG-27. He was Killed in Action and his remains were never recovered. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: *SVEHLA, HENRY Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division. Place and date: Pyongony, Korea, 12 June, 1952 Born: 1932, New Jersey. Citation: Private First Class Henry Svehla distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifleman with F Company, 32d Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in connection with combat operations against an armed enemy in Pyongony, Korea, on 12 June 1952. That afternoon while Private First Class Svehla and his platoon were patrolling a strategic hill to determine enemy strength and positions, they were subjected to intense enemy automatic weapons and small arms fire at the top of the hill. Coming under the heavy fire, the platoon's attack began to falter. Realizing the success of the mission and the safety of the remaining troops were in peril, Private First Class Svehla leapt to his feet and charged the enemy positions, firing his weapon and throwing grenades as he advanced. In the face of this courage and determination, the platoon rallied to the attack with renewed vigor. Private First Class Svehla, utterly disregarding his own safety, destroyed enemy positions and inflicted heavy casualties, when suddenly fragments from a mortar round exploding nearby seriously wounded him in the face. Despite his wounds, Private First Class Svehla refused medical treatment and continued to lead the attack. When an enemy grenade landed among a group of his comrades, Private First Class Svehla, without hesitation and undoubtedly aware of the extreme danger, threw himself upon the grenade. During this action, Private First Class Svehla was mortally wounded. Private First Class Svehla's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 28, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 26, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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