PHS Class of 1953

In Recognition of

Congressional Medal of Honor ricipient

Sergeant Major Paul B. Huff, U.S. Army

R.O.T.C. Instructor, H.B. Plant High School

Command Sergeant Major Paul B. Huff
June 23, 1918 - September 21, 1994 (age 76)

Place of birthCleveland, Tennessee
Place of burial Hillcrest Memorial Gardens
Cleveland, Tennessee
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Command Sergeant Major
Battles/Wars World War II, Vietnam
AwardsMedal Of Honor, Bronze Star,
French Legion of Merit, Italian Legion Of Merit

Medal of Honor citation

Corporal Huff's official Medal of Honor citation reads: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on 8 February 1944, near Carano, Italy. Cpl. Huff volunteered to lead a 6-man patrol with the mission of determining the location and strength of an enemy unit which was delivering fire on the exposed right flank of his company. The terrain over which he had to travel consisted of exposed, rolling ground, affording the enemy excellent visibility.

As the patrol advanced, its members were subjected to small arms and machinegun fire and a concentration of mortar fire, shells bursting within 5 to 10 yards of them and bullets striking the ground at their feet. Moving ahead of his patrol, Cpl. Huff drew fire from 3 enemy machineguns and a 20mm. weapon. Realizing the danger confronting his patrol, he advanced alone under deadly fire through a minefield and arrived at a point within 75 yards of the nearest machinegun position. Under direct fire from the rear machinegun, he crawled the remaining 75 yards to the closest emplacement, killed the crew with his submachine gun and destroyed the gun.

During this act he fired from a kneeling position which drew fire from other positions, enabling him to estimate correctly the strength and location of the enemy. Still under concentrated fire, he returned to his patrol and led his men to safety. As a result of the information he gained, a patrol in strength sent out that afternoon, 1 group under the leadership of Cpl. Huff, succeeded in routing an enemy company of 125 men, killing 27 Germans and capturing 21 others, with a loss of only 3 patrol members. Cpl. Huff's intrepid leadership and daring combat skill reflect the finest traditions of the American infantryman.

Field Ceremony with General Clark, Sgt. Huff, and a helmeted soldier at the extreme left,
the helmeted soldier is also receiving an Award.

Congessional Medal of Honor

Sgt. Huff Traveling on a Military Aircraft

His Favorite saying, upon completion of an instruction to a student: "That's all there are to it!"

Research and information obtained for the Sgt. Paul Huff recognition Page is credited to Classmate Duane Tuttle.


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