It’s a phrase that gets thrown around lightly. But for 7 hours, Hector Cafferata was exactly that.
On November 28, 1950 during the Korean war, the then 21-year-old took on an entire regiment of Chinese soldiers, defending his group of badly wounded friends.
He did it in 30 degrees-below-zero-weather while in his socks.
He had only his eight shot M1 Garand and when grenades were thrown at him he batted them away with a shovel.
I’m going to repeat that:
HE BATTED GRENADES AWAY WITH A SHOVEL.
For the next seven hours, Cafferata became a one-man fighting force. With moonlight and flares providing illumination, he hustled up and down the wash, taking out advancing Chinese troops. In his left hand, Cafferata carried an entrenching tool, which he used to bat…
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