Raymond "Jerry" Murphy of Pueblo, winner of the Medal of Honor during the Korean conflict in 1952, has died at the age of 77.
Gary Montgomery of Montgomery Steward Funeral Home in Pueblo confirmed that Murphy died Friday at the Pueblo Veterans Nursing Home.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave Murphy, a Marine second lieutenant, the medal in 1953 for ignoring his own wounds to evacuate his platoon from a hill under fierce fire from Chinese troops.
He refused to be evacuated until all his men were down.
Seventeen marines were killed and 77 wounded in the action.
A memorial is planned for Murphy at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Pueblo on Monday night.
The funeral will be later in Santa Fe, N.M.
Murphy is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Murphy of Albuquerque, N.M., and four children.
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