A Medal of Honor recipient who was well-known in South Haven has died. The Congressional Medal of Honor Society this week announced Duane E. Dewey passed away on Monday in Saint Augustine, Florida at the age of 89. Dewey was given the Medal of Honor for courage in the Korean War. On April 16, 1952, Dewey was injured by a grenade near Panmunjom. While he and a fellow machine gunner were being treated by a medic, another grenade landed nearby and Dewey smothered the grenade under his body. He told the corpsman, “Doc, I’ve got it in my hip pocket!” He was credited with saving the lives of the two other men and spent 50 days recovering in hospitals. When Dewey was given the Medal of Honor by President Dwight Eisenhower on March 12, 1953, Ike remarked, “You must have a body of steel.” Dewey was born in Grand Rapids, and later was a foundry worker at National Motors in South Haven. After the war, he returned to South Haven and ran a repair shop for typewriters and office machines. In his later years, he split time between Florida and South Haven. Burial arrangements are pending. He is survived by his children.

Photo from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.