Nearly 70 years later, Korean War Marine veteran awarded Silver Star

| March 19, 2021

On Wednesday, a Korean War veteran received a long overdue military valor award. 89-year-old Salvatore Naimo received the Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Korean War.

In 1951, his platoon was under attack by Chinese forces. Naimo carried two injured marines to safety while injured himself. Then he proceeded to fight off enemy forces and stop the enemy from taking over their position.

Too long coming.

…on his 89th birthday

Philip Athey

On Sept. 14, 1951, in Korea, Cpl. Salvatore Naimo was dug into a hill just north of the 38th parallel in an area called the punchbowl.

He was with the rest of Howe Company 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, when they suddenly came up fire from Chinese mortars and cannons.

On that day, the company was bombarded by Chinese mortar and cannon fire and assaulted by Chinese infantrymen.

On Wednesday Naimo was awarded the Silver Star, nearly 70 years after his heroic actions on that battlefield in Korea, where he dragged two comrades to safety and played a key part in repelling the Chinese assault, a Marine Corps press release said.

During the shelling, a round landed a direct hit on a nearby fighting hole severely injuring two Marines in Naimo’s company, according to the press release.

As soon as he heard the cries for help the young corporal sprang into action.

Bravo Zulu, Corporal Naimo. Hard earned and well deserved. Read the entire article here: Marine Times

Category: Bravo Zulu, Marine Corps, Silver Star

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  1. KoB says:

    “…began to fire his own rifle, throw grenades, and other weapons stashed nearby…” “…beating back the enemy…” And all of this after rescuing, under fire and wounded himself, 2 other Marines. Hardcore! “Bring every weapon to bear!”

    BZ Marine…and if I’ve cyphered right he wasn’t 20 years old.

  2. Green Thumb says:

    Sign this man up.

    We could use a few more like that.