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This Day in History: Mack Jordan's bravery in Korea

On this day in 1951, a hero engages in an action that would earn him the Medal of Honor. Pfc. Mack Jordan was just 22 years old when his “unflinching courage” stunned his fellow soldiers. He’d then been serving in Korea for just a few months.

The Korean War has been called “the Forgotten War.” Many Americans are used to hearing about World War II and the Vietnam War, but they know very little about the conflict sandwiched in the middle.


The heroes of that war thus receive relatively little attention—and Jordan is among these nearly forgotten heroes.


On November 15, 1951, Jordan was serving as a squad leader in the third platoon of company K. His squad was to take the lead in taking Hill 533, near Kumsong, Korea, from the enemy. The attack began at about 1:00 a.m.