SGT. 1ST CLASS ERNEST R. KOUMA, A TANK COMMANDER IN THE 72ND TANK BATTALION, RISKED HIS LIFE above and beyond the call of duty in action near the vicinity of Agok, Korea sixty five years ago this week. In the late evening of Aug. 31, 1950 his armored unit was given the mission of covering the infantry withdrawal after 500 North Koreans launched an attack. Additional enemy assaults left Kouma and his tank crew the sole remaining obstacle to the enemy. Continuous fighting throughout the night and into the early morning of Sept. 1 resulted in several severe wounds to Kouma, who at one point had delivered point blank fire into the enemy as they surrounded his tank. After fighting eight miles to return to friendly lines, he attempted to resupply his tank and return to the front. For his heroism he received the Medal of Honor, presented to him by President Harry Truman in May 1951. A Nebraska native, Kouma served at Fort Knox after the war and retired in 1971 after thirty years of service. He died in 1993 and is buried in the Fort Knox post cemetery, next to the chapel.