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Historical Markers of Shelby County

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Sgt. Walter K. Singleton (1944 - 1967)

Born in Memphis and a graduate from Bartlett High School, Singleton was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by Congress for heroism during combat in Vietnam. Serving in the 3rd Marine Division, on March 24, 1967, he charged through heavy enemy fire to rescue several injured Marines. He then forced his way through a hedgerow and drove the enemy from their position. His supreme sacrifice resulted in the saving of many lives and demonstrated his devotion to duty, his fellow man, and his country.