Melvin Louis Brown

Korean War
Service #13303715
RankPrivate First Class U.S. Army
Date of DeathSeptember 5 1950
Combat Infantryman Badge
Korean Service Medal
Medal of Honor (Army)
National Defense Service Medal
Purple Heart
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation
Republic of Korea War Service Medal
United Nations Service Medal
For his leadership and great valor, Private First Class Brown was awarded the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman 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.
Private First Class Brown was a member of Company D, 8th Engineer Combat Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. While attacking enemy positions near Kasan, South Korea on September 5, 1950, he exposed himself to enemy fire on a 50 foot wall to deliver rifle fire on the assaulting enemy until his ammunition was exhausted. He threw his remaining grenades, then his used his entrenching tool as a weapon. He drove ten enemy soldiers from the wall until he was killed by the enemy.