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Hendrix James R.

James R. Hendrix
Master Sergeant
Serial Number:
53rd Armored Infantry Battalion
Date of Death:
Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL
Congressional Medal of Honor

From Wikipedia: Hendrix was born and raised in Lepanto, Arkansas, the oldest child of a sharecropper with fourteen children. He left elementary school at West Side after the third grade to work in the fields in order to help his family at home. He learned marksmanship skills while hunting for food. In 1943, at age 18, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was sent to basic training in Florida, the first time he had been more than a few miles from his hometown.[2]He became a member of the 4th Armored Division after basic training. He was sent to Europe as a private with Company C, 53rd Armored Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division.[3] After waiting out the invasion of Normandy aboard ship in the English Channel, the 4th AD landed on Utah Beach on July 11, 1944, and joined the drive across France and into Belgium as the spearhead of General George Patton's Third Army.[2] During the Battle of the Bulge, on December 26, 1944, near Assenois, Belgium, Hendrix a bazooka man, captured two enemy artillery guncrews, and armed with a rifle, held off the fire of two machine guns until wounded comrades could be evacuated, and then rescued a soldier from a burning vehicle. He was presented the Medal of Honor by President Truman at a White House ceremony on August 23, 1945; he was awarded the medal on September 1, 1945.[3] Hendrix re-enlisted in 1945, and became a paratrooper; during parachute training he broke his leg when his chute didn't open. He reached the rank of master sergeant and served in combat with a parachute unit during the Korean War before retiring from the Army in 1965. He died at age 77 and was buried in the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida.[4]