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MSGT Travis Earl Watkins
Birth: Sep. 5, 1920
Columbia County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Sep. 3, 1950, South Korea

Korean War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War as a Master Sergeant in Company H, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He was awarded his medal posthumously for service Near Yongsan, Korea, on August 31-September 3, 1950. His citation reads "M/Sgt. Watkins distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. When an overwhelming enemy force broke through and isolated 30 men of his unit, he took command, established a perimeter defense and directed action which repelled continuous, fanatical enemy assaults. With his group completely surrounded and cut off, he moved from foxhole to foxhole exposing himself to enemy fire, giving instructions and offering encouragement to his men. Later when the need for ammunition and grenades became critical he shot 2 enemy soldiers 50 yards outside the perimeter and went out alone for their ammunition and weapons. As he picked up their weapons he was attacked by 3 others and wounded. Returning their fire he killed all 3 and gathering up the weapons of the 5 enemy dead returned to his amazed comrades. During a later assault, 6 enemy soldiers gained a defiladed spot and began to throw grenades into the perimeter making it untenable. Realizing the desperate situation and disregarding his wound he rose from his foxhole to engage them with rifle fire. Although immediately hit by a burst from an enemy machinegun he continued to fire until he had killed the grenade throwers. With this threat eliminated he collapsed and despite being paralyzed from the waist down, encouraged his men to hold on. He refused all food, saving it for his comrades, and when it became apparent that help would not arrive in time to hold the position ordered his men to escape to friendly lines. Refusing evacuation as his hopeless condition would burden his comrades, he remained in his position and cheerfully wished them luck. Through his aggressive leadership and intrepid actions, this small force destroyed nearly 500 of the enemy before abandoning their position. M/Sgt. Watkins' sustained personal bravery and noble self-sacrifice reflect the highest glory upon himself and is in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army". (bio by: Peterborough "K") 
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  Joseph Earl Watkins (1894 - 1977)
  Travis Earl Watkins (1920 - 1950)
  Truman Ryan Watkins (1924 - 2014)*
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Gladewater Memorial Park
Upshur County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section D, Lot 25, Grave 7
GPS (lat/lon): 32.5558, -95.0019
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Sep 09, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7855248
MSGT Travis Earl Watkins
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MSGT Travis Earl Watkins
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MSGT Travis Earl Watkins
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