Are you willing to risk your life if it means saving several others? To Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. George D. Libby, it was a no-brainer, and his actions proved just that when he did not hesitate to use himself as a defensive armor to ensure that his wounded comrades would be safely brought to the hospital, even if it meant dying.

A War Veteran

George Dalton Libby was born in Bridgton, Maine, on December 4, 1919. Libby was already a war veteran when he joined the Korean War. When the United States entered World War II, George Libby found himself enlisting, along with the stream of other men wanting to fight for the country. He enlisted in the US Army in Waterbury, Connecticut. He served in the European Theater and stuck until he saw the war’s end.

On June 25, 1950, the North Korean forces marched across its southern border to invade South Korea after a series of clashes along the wall and rebellions in South Korea. China and the Soviet Union supported North Korea, while the United Nations, especially the United States, tried to hold the line along with the South Korean forces in what was known as the Korean War.

Hundreds of thousands of Koreans fled south in the mid-1950 after the North Korean army struck across the border. Rumors spread among US troops that the refugee columns harbored North Korean infiltrators. (US. Defense Department, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

As for Libby, he was assigned to C Company of the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 24th Infantry Division which was stationed near the city of Taejon, to try to make and stand and buy some time for the other American troops who were to set up a defensive perimeter further to the south.