and organization: Corporal,
U.S. Army, Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team.
and date: Near
Wontong-ni, Korea, 31 May 1951.
14 April 1931, Colton,
No.: 40, 21 April 1962.
Cpl. Hernandez, a member of Company G, distinguished himself by
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call
of duty in action against the enemy.His platoon, in defensive positions
on Hill 420, came under ruthless attack by a numerically superior
and fanatical hostile force, accompanied by heavy artillery, mortar,
and machinegun fire which inflicted numerous casualties on the platoon.
His comrades were forced to withdraw due to lack of ammunition but
Cpl. Hernandez, although wounded in an exchange of grenades, continued
to deliver deadly fire into the ranks of the onrushing assailants
until a ruptured cartridge rendered his rifle inoperative. Immediately
leaving his position, Cpl. Hernandez rushed the enemy armed only
with rifle and bayonet. Fearlessly engaging the foe, he killed 6
of the enemy before falling unconscious from grenade, bayonet, and
bullet wounds but his heroic action momentarily halted the enemy
advance and enabled his unit to counterattack and retake the lost
ground. The indomitable fighting spirit, outstanding courage, and
tenacious devotion to duty clearly demonstrated by Cpl. Hernandez
reflect the highest credit upon himself, the infantry, and the U.S.