photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer
ST. JAMES - The nation's highest military decoration, a Medal of Honor, was handed over to St. James School on Thursday, replacing a medal that was stolen from the school about 20 years ago.
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The original medal had been awarded, posthumously, to Donn Porter, a 1949 Saint James School graduate who was an Army sergeant during the Korean War.
Porter, of Ruxton, Md., was awarded the medal for his actions on Sept. 7, 1952, when two enemy platoons attacked an outpost under his command. Porter repelled two enemy attacks on his position that day. In the second attack, Porter "jumped from his position with bayonet fixed and, meeting the onslaught and in close combat, killed six hostile soldiers and routed the attack," according to the citation.