Benfold, Edward Clyde, HM3

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Last Rank
Petty Officer Third Class
Last Primary NEC
HM-0000-Hospital Corpsman
Last Rating/NEC Group
Hospital Corpsman
Primary Unit
1952-1952, HM-0000, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
Service Years
1949 - 1952
HM-Hospital Corpsman

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Camden, NJ
Last Address
Audubon, NJ

Casualty Date
Sep 05, 1952
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Beverly National Cemetery - Beverly, New Jersey
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Congressional Medal Of Honor SocietyKorean War FallenUnited States Navy Memorial The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2011, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society [Verified]
  2013, Korean War Fallen
  2013, United States Navy Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Tributes from Members  
His Namesake~USS Benfold (DDG-56) posted by Burgdorf, Tommy (Birddog, TWS Memorial "A" Team), FC2 439
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1949, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PANaval Hospital Camp Lejeune, NCNaval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
  1949-1949, HN-0000, Naval Hospital Philadelphia, PA
  1949-1951, HN-0000, Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, NC
  1951-1952, HM-0000, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA
  1952-1952, HM-0000, 2nd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (2/1)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1950-1952 Korean War
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Oct 05, 2014, General Photos2
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

On September 5, 1952, just three weeks after his arrival in Korea, Edward was killed in action while treating two Marines. Enemy grenades were tossed into the foxhole where Benfold was tending to the wounds of the two men. He picked up the grenades, leaped from the foxhole and charged the oncoming soldiers, sacrificing his life to save those of the two wounded Marines. He was 21 years old at the time of his death.

Edward C. Benfold was honored posthumously with three medals that were presented to his wife, Dorothy: the Purple Heart, the Congressional Medal of Honor and the Order of Military Merit, WHARANG with a Gold Star. The last of these honors was awarded by the Republic of Korea.

Name of Award
Navy Medal of Honor
Year Awarded
Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Hospital Corpsman Third Class Edward Clyde "Ted" Benfold (NSN: 4168234), United States Navy, for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Medical Corpsman attached to Company F, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in operations against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 5 September 1952. When his company was subjected to heavy artillery and mortar barrages, followed by a determined assault during the hours of darkness by an enemy force estimated at battalion strength, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Benfold resolutely moved from position to position in the face of intense hostile fire, treating the wounded and lending words of encouragement. Leaving the protection of his sheltered position to treat the wounded when the platoon area in which he was working was attacked from both the front and rear, he moved forward to an exposed ridge line where he observed two marines in a large crater. As he approached the two men to determine their condition, an enemy soldier threw two grenades into the crater while two other enemy charged the position. Picking up a grenade in each hand, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Benfold leaped out of the crater and hurled himself against the on-rushing hostile soldiers, pushing the grenades against their chests and killing both the attackers. Mortally wounded while carrying out this heroic act, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Benfold, by his great personal valor and resolute spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, was directly responsible for saving the lives of his two comrades. His exceptional courage reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for others.
Action Date: 5-Sep-52
Service: Navy
Rank: Hospital Corpsman Third Class
Company: Corpsman (Attached), Company F
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 1st Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
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