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First Name: Noah

Last Name: Knight

Birthplace: McBee, SC, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Jefferson, SC
Middle Name: Odell

Date of Birth: 27 October 1929

Date of Death: 24 November 1951

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served:
Noah Odell Knight

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


Noah Odell Knight
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

Noah Odell Knight was born on 27 October 1929 at McBee, SC. He was a Private First Class in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Knight was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on 23-24 November 1951.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Kowang-San, Korea, 23-24 November 1951

Entered service at: Jefferson, SC

G.O. No.: 2, 7 January 1953


Pfc. Knight, a member of Company F, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He occupied a key position in the defense perimeter when waves of enemy troops passed through their own artillery and mortar concentrations and charged the company position. Two direct hits from an enemy emplacement demolished his bunker and wounded him. Disregarding personal safety, he moved to a shallow depression for a better firing vantage. Unable to deliver effective fire from his defilade position, he left his shelter, moved through heavy fire in full view of the enemy and, firing into the ranks of the relentless assailants, inflicted numerous casualties, momentarily stemming the attack. Later during another vicious onslaught, he observed an enemy squad infiltrating the position and, counterattacking, killed or wounded the entire group. Expending the last of his ammunition, he discovered 3 enemy soldiers entering the friendly position with demolition charges. Realizing the explosives would enable the enemy to exploit the breach, he fearlessly rushed forward and disabled 2 assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third exploded a demolition charge killing the 3 enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight. Pfc. Knight's supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.

Medals, Awards & Badges

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
Korean Presidential Unit Citation
Combat Infantryman Badge

Death and Burial

PFC Noah Odell Knight was killed in action on 24 November 1951. He is buried at Union Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Pageland, Chesterfield County, SC.

Honoree ID: 1187   Created by: MHOH




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