MEN AT WAR: The First Five

On Aug. 31, at Yongsan, Korea, handsome Master Sergeant Travis Watkins, 29, of Gladewater, Texas, took command of 30 infantrymen who had been cut off from their regiment, led them to a defensive position where they held out for four days under unremitting Communist attack. When ammunition ran low on Sept. 2, Watkins shot five North Koreans outside his perimeter, calmly left shelter to get their weapons and ammunition. Although wounded himself, he fired on six other Reds who threatened to enfilade the American position. His back was broken by enemy machine-gun fire, but he continued to...

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