COPY-Gulfport monument to honor Medal of Honor winner

GULFPORT, Miss. The Veterans of Foreign Wars and the city of Gulfport will dedicate a monument Saturday at the grave of Army Private First Class James Diamond.

Diamond, a Gulfport native, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death in 1945.Saturday's ceremony will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport.Diamond, who would have been 80 on Friday, saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at Mintal, Mindanao, Philippines, on May 14th, 1945.While leading a patrol to evacuate casualties from his battalion, he ran through a hail of Japanese fire to secure an abandoned machine gun. He managed to draw enough fire upon himself that the remaining members of the patrol reached safety.

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