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KRAVITZ, LEONARD M

Rank/Organization: Private First Class, Company M, 5th Infantry Regiment 24th Infantry Division

Place and date: Yangpyon, Korea, 7 March 1951 

Born August 8, 1931 Brooklyn, New York

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:
LEONARD M. KRAVITZ, United States Army
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty:
Private First Class Leonard M. Kravitz distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and
beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machine gunner with Company M, 5th Infantry
Regiment, 24th Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Yangpyong,
Korea on March 6 and 7, 1951. After friendly elements had repulsed two probing attacks, the enemy
launched a fanatical banzai charge with heavy supporting fire and, despite staggering losses, pressed the
assault with ruthless determination. When the machinegunner was wounded in the initial phase of the
action, Private First Class Kravitz immediately seized the weapon and poured devastating fire into the
ranks of the onrushing assailants. The enemy effected and exploited a breach on the left flank, rendering
the friendly positions untenable. Upon order to withdraw, Private First Class Kravitz voluntarily
remained to provide protective fire for the retiring elements. Detecting enemy troops moving toward
friendly positions, Private First Class Kravitz swept the hostile soldiers with deadly, accurate fire, killing
the entire group. His destructive retaliation caused the enemy to concentrate vicious fire on his position
and enabled the friendly elements to withdraw. Later, after friendly troops had returned, Private First
Class Kravitz was found dead behind the gun he had so heroically manned, surrounded by numerous
enemy dead. Private First Class Kravitz’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 military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonard_M._Kravitz