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August 9, 1952


JAMA. 1952;149(15):1410. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930320050017

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Lieut. Hopkins Awarded Soldier's Medal.—  First Lieut. William C. Hopkins of Chicago, medical officer with the 25th Infantry Division in Korea, has been awarded the Soldier's Medal for "unselfish heroism and dauntless courage." The citation reads in part as follows: "On March 7, 1952, a helicopter crashed while attempting to evacuate two wounded soldiers from a foggy, windswept hill position near Sohuiri, Korea. With utter disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Hopkins ran through a known mine field to the crashed helicopter and aided in righting the flaming aircraft, rescuing one of the wounded soldiers and attempting to free the other man still trapped in the wreckage. He persisted in his efforts until the heat became unbearable and he was forced to move away from the craft."The helicopter pilot dashed into the flaming wreckage and tried again to rescue the trapped man. Realizing that the gas tank would

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