1Lt HENRY A. COMMISKEY SR.
Company C, 1st Battalion
1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
Yongdungp’o, Korea
20 September 1950

 

comminskyOrdered to attack and eliminate hostile forces well dug in on Hill 85, 1st Lt. Commiskey, spearheaded the assault, charging up the steep slopes on the run. Disregarding the heavy enemy machine gun and small arms fire, struck out well forward of the rest of his platoon and was the first man to reach the objective.

Armed only with a pistol, he jumped into a hostile machine gun emplacement occupied by 5 enemy troops and quickly disposed of 4 of the soldiers with his automatic pistol. Grappling with the fifth, 1st Lt. Commiskey knocked him to the ground and held him until he could obtain a weapon from another member of his platoon and killed the last of the enemy gun crew.

Continuing his bold assault, he moved to the next emplacement, killed 2 more of the enemy and then led his platoon toward the rear nose of the hill to rout the remainder of the hostile troops and destroy them as they fled from their positions.

His valiant leadership and courageous fighting spirit served to inspire the men of his company to heroic endeavor in seizing the objective and reflect the highest credit upon 1st Lt. Commiskey and the U.S. Naval Service.

 

First Lieutenant (then 2d Lt.) Commiskey was serving as a platoon leader in a direct attack on hostile forces well dug in on Hill 85.

Commiskey, disregarding the heavy enemy machine gun and small arms fire, lead the assault from the front. He charged up the steep slopes and was the first man to reach the crest of the objective

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