MSG Juan E. Negron (Ret.)

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Co. L 1951, Distinguished Service Cross upgraded to Medal of Honor, served for 23 yrs. (Deceased 1996)

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MSG JUAN E. NEGRÓN (RET.)

Master Sergeant Juan Negrón was born in Corozal, Puerto Rico on September 26, 1929. Negrón received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courageous actions while serving as a member of Company “L”, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Kalma-Eri, Korea. During an attack on April 28, 1951, Negron refused to leave his exposed position and delivered withering fire at hostile troops who had broken through a roadblock. Using grenades, he held the position throughout the night, giving his fellow soldiers time to launch a counter-attack. After the enemy had been repulsed, 15 enemy dead were found only a few feet from Sgt. Negron’s position. He served in the Army from 1948-1969 retiring after 23 years. Negrón died at the age of 66 on March 29, 1996 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.