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First Name: Hulon

Last Name: Whittington

Birthplace: Bogalusa, LA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Bastrop, LA
Middle Name: Brocke

Date of Birth: 09 July 1921

Date of Death: 17 January 1969

Rank: Major

Years Served: 1940 - 1963
Hulon Brocke Whittington

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)
•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Hulon Brocke Whittington

Major, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Recipient

World War II

Major Hulon Brocke Whittington (9 July 1921 - 17 January 1969) was a U.S. Army officer and a recipient of the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his heroic actions during World War II.

Hulon Brocke Whittington was born on 9 July 1921 in Bogalusa, LA. He joined the Army from Bastrop, LA. On 29 July 1944, he was serving as a Sergeant in the 41st Armored Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division. Near Grimesnil, France, that day, he assumed command of his platoon and led it in a successful defense against a German armored attack. For his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, 41st Armored Infantry 2nd Armored Division.

Place and date: Near Grimesnil, France, 29 July 1944.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On the night of 29 July 1944, near Grimesnil, France, during an enemy armored attack, Sgt. Whittington, a squad leader, assumed command of his platoon when the platoon leader and platoon sergeant became missing in action. He reorganized the defense and, under fire, courageously crawled between gun positions to check the actions of his men. When the advancing enemy attempted to penetrate a roadblock, Sgt. Whittington, completely disregarding intense enemy action, mounted a tank and by shouting through the turret, directed it into position to fire pointblank at the leading Mark V German tank. The destruction of this vehicle blocked all movement of the remaining enemy column consisting of over 100 vehicles of a Panzer unit. The blocked vehicles were then destroyed by handgrenades, bazooka, tank, and artillery fire and large numbers of enemy personnel were wiped out by a bold and resolute bayonet charge inspired by Sgt. Whittington. When the medical aid man had become a casualty, Sgt. Whittington personally administered first aid to his wounded men. The dynamic leadership, the inspiring example, and the dauntless courage of Sgt. Whittington, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.

Whittington later became a commissioned officer and reached the rank of Major.

Death and Burial

Major Hulon Brocke Whittington died on 17 January 1969 at age 48. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA, in Section 13 Lot 8-W.

Honoree ID: 1709   Created by: MHOH




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