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"Private First Class David M. Smith, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, earned the Korean War’s eighth Medal of Honor. PFC Smith was a mortar gunner when a massive enemy attack overran forward positions and rendered the friendly positions untenable. Before his section could withdraw, the enemy had encircled and closed in on its position. Seeing a grenade lobbed into the midst of his group, PFC Smith shouted a warning and flung himself upon it, smothering the explosion with his body. His intrepid act saved five men from death or serious injury at the cost of his own life."