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US military has a long history of killing foes with entrenching tools | Military Times
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US military has a long history of killing foes with entrenching tools | Military Times

In 1951, Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army 1st Lt. Benjamin F. Wilson found a weapon of last resort in the entrenching tool.

His unit had come upon a much larger enemy force in Hwach’on-Myon, Korea. Wilson dashed into enemy fire to assist members of his unit who were pinned down and he killed four enemy fighters with his rifle and grenades.

Wilson then “led a bayonet attack, which … killed approximately 27 hostile soldiers,” according to his Medal of Honor citation.

But enemy forces launched another counterattack.

“First Lieutenant Wilson, realizing the imminent threat of being overrun, made a determined lone-man charge, killing seven and wounding two of the enemy, and routing the remainder in disorder.”

A third assault ensued, prompting Wilson to resort to fighting with his entrenching tool.

Source: US military has a long history of killing foes with entrenching tools | Military Times