Hispanic Heritage Month: Master Sergeant Juan E. Negron

Medal of Honor recipient Juan E. Negron was born in Corozal, Puerto Rico.

He entered the U.S. Army in March 1948.

Then-Sgt. Juan E. Negron distinguished himself on April 28, 1951, for actions near Kalma-Eri, Korea. Negron held the most vulnerable position on his company’s exposed right flank after an enemy force had overrun a section of the line. He held the position throughout the night, accurately hurling hand grenades at short range when hostile troops approached his position.

During his service he became a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, The Legion of Valor, and The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

Negron received the Medal of Honor, March 18, 2014; Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, Navy Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea-Korean War Service Medal, and Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

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