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Korean War Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

Posted January 6, 2014

— A hero of the Korean War who earned the Medal of Honor in 1952 for single-handedly stopping the advance of enemy troops was laid to rest Monday with hundreds of mourners in attendance.

Retired Cpl. Rodolfo (Rudy) Hernandez died Dec. 21 after a battle with cancer and other illnesses.

Family members, friends and admirers gathered at Covenant Love Church in Fayetteville to salute the 82-year-old veteran for his bravery and faith.

At age 20, Hernandez killed six North Korean fighters with a bayonet during a battle on May 31, 1951, and was initially thought to be dead after being found lying among the bodies of the soldiers he killed.

Hernandez couldn't talk for months following his injuries and had to learn to walk again. Part of his body remained paralyzed.

Fort Bragg commander Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson said Monday that Hernandez was an inspiration to all.

"Regardless of our relatively trivial daily lives, Rudy's indomitable spirit is an example, not only for our wounded warriors, but for all Americans," Anderson said.

Hernandez was buried with full military honors at the Sandhills Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake.


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  • stymieindurham Jan 7, 2014

    Thank you WRAL for not posting an AP story about this. The man deserves more honor than that.

    Hope you rest well old soldier. And thanks.

  • readme Jan 7, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. Sad, but a life to be celebrated.

  • jabricejr Jan 7, 2014

    Thank you for doing one of the most touching and honoring reports on Mr Rudy!!! WRAL is to be saluted for a great commentary on Mr Rudy's funeral. God bless you!!!!

  • 426X3 Jan 6, 2014

    A true American Hero. R.I.P.

  • Atheistinafoxhole Jan 6, 2014

    Rest In Peace.

  • forddp Jan 6, 2014

    Rest In Peace