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H*5304
Session 115 (2003-2004) 

H*5304 Concurrent Resolution, By Lourie, Allen, Altman, Anthony, Bailey, Bales, 
Barfield, Battle, Bingham, Bowers, Branham, Breeland, G. Brown, J. Brown, 
R. Brown, Cato, Ceips, Chellis, Clark, Clemmons, Clyburn, Coates, Cobb-Hunter, 
Coleman, Cooper, Cotty, Dantzler, Davenport, Delleney, Duncan, Edge, Emory, 
Freeman, Frye, Gilham, Gourdine, Govan, Hagood, Hamilton, Harrell, Harrison, 
Harvin, Haskins, Hayes, Herbkersman, J. Hines, M. Hines, Hinson, Hosey, Howard, 
Huggins, Jennings, Keegan, Kennedy, Kirsh, Koon, Leach, Lee, Limehouse, 
Littlejohn, Lloyd, Loftis, Lucas, Mack, Mahaffey, Martin, McCraw, McGee, McLeod, 
Merrill, Miller, Moody-Lawrence, J.H. Neal, J.M. Neal, Neilson, Ott, Owens, 
Parks, Perry, Phillips, Pinson, E.H. Pitts, M.A. Pitts, Quinn, Rhoad, Rice, 
Richardson, Rivers, Rutherford, Sandifer, Scarborough, Scott, Simrill, Sinclair, 
Skelton, D.C. Smith, F.N. Smith, G.M. Smith, G.R. Smith, J.E. Smith, J.R. Smith, 
W.D. Smith, Snow, Stewart, Stille, Talley, Taylor, Thompson, Toole, Townsend, 
Tripp, Trotter, Umphlett, Vaughn, Viers, Walker, Weeks, Whipper, White, 
Whitmire, Wilkins, Witherspoon and Young
 A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION TO COMMEND THE EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM OF NOAH O. KNIGHT
 WHO WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS VALOR, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARD
 THAT CAN BE BESTOWED UPON A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES.

   05/19/04  House  Introduced, adopted, sent to Senate HJ-26
   05/19/04  Senate Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence SJ-25



VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

5/19/2004



H. 5304

A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

TO COMMEND THE EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM OF NOAH O. KNIGHT WHO WAS AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS VALOR, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARD THAT CAN BE BESTOWED UPON A MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES.

Whereas, throughout our nation's history, men and women in all eras from Concord and Lexington to Falleujah have gone in harm's way to protect and secure our country's freedom and way of life; and

Whereas, to recognize extraordinary heroism the Congress of the United States established the Medal of Honor which represents the highest award for valor that can be bestowed upon a member of the armed forces of the United States; and

Whereas, there have been more than three thousand four hundred recipients but fewer than one hundred forty remain with us today; and

Whereas, most recipients of the medal are ordinary Americans from ordinary backgrounds who, under extraordinary circumstances and at great risk to their own lives, performed an incredible act or a series of acts of conspicuous valor that clearly sets them apart from their comrades; and

Whereas, thirty-seven citizens with South Carolina roots have received the Medal of Honor since its inception; and

Whereas, Noah O. Knight is one of these South Carolinians; and

Whereas, born October 27, 1929, in Chesterfield County, Mr. Knight entered the service in Jefferson, South Carolina, achieving the rank of Private First Class, United States Army, Company F, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division and served with honor and distinction in Korea; and

Whereas, he received the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courageNext above and beyond the call of duty in action while occupying a key position in the defense perimeter where enemy troops charged his company's position on November 23-24, 1951; and

Whereas, disregarding personal safety, he left his shelter to fire rounds into the ranks or enemy assailants, inflicting numerous casualties; and

Whereas, upon realizing that three enemy soldiers were entering the friendly position with demolition charges, he rushed forward disabling two assailants with the butt of his rifle when the third enemy soldier exploded the charge killing the three enemy soldiers and mortally wounding Pfc. Knight; and

Whereas, his supreme sacrifice and consummate devotion to duty reflect lasting glory on himself and uphold the noble traditions of military service; and

Whereas, the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, would like to publicly recognize and honor Pfc. Noah O. Knight, in memory of this brave and Previouscourageous American, for his extraordinary heroism in the defense of our country and her ideals which epitomizes the very best of what America stands for. Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the members of the General Assembly commend the extraordinary heroism of Noah O. Knight who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor, which is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a member of the armed forces of the United States.

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the family of Pfc. Noah O. Knight.

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