Henry Svehla
Pfc. Henry Svehla,, Medal of Honor awardee, Korean WarHenry Svehla

Essex, New Jersey

Born 1932

Private First Class, U.S. Army
Service Number 21748254
Killed in Action
Died June 12, 1952 in Korea

U.S. Army Pfc. Henry Svehla received the Medal of Honor in 2011. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. It is generally presented to its recipient by the president of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

Private First Class Svehla was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.

He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on June 12, 1952.

Declared missing in action, Pfc. Svelha's remains were not recovered. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial.

For his leadership and valor, Private First Class Svehla was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.


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