Polk County Veteran’s Forum on Sunday, Nov. 11 will feature veterans sharing stories, Womack’s Medal of Honor

This portrait of Private First Class Bryant H. Womack by Richard Christian Nelson hangs in the hallway of Polk County's administrative building which is named for Pfc. Womack.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to come hear local veterans sharing stories about their military experiences at the Veteran’s Forum from 2 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11 at the Polk County History Museum at 60 Walker St. in Columbus.

The museum also will have Private First Class Bryant H. Womack’s Medal of Honor on display for attendees to observe. A Polk County native son, Pfc. Womack was recognized for heroic acts he performed in the Korean War.

Pfc. Womack was the only U.S. Army medic attached to a night combat patrol. The patrol was greatly outnumbered and there were numerous casualties in the fight. Pfc. Womack immediately went to their aid even though this exposed him to enemy fire. He was seriously wounded and continued moving among the wounded to administer aid.

While aiding one man, Pfc. Womack was struck again by enemy mortar fire, this time suffering the loss of his right arm. The medical aidman remained on the scene and directed others in first aid techniques. Pfc. Womack was the last man to withdraw. He walked until he collapsed from loss of blood and died a few minutes later.

Polk County’s administrative offices at 40 Courthouse St. in Columbus are housed in the Bryant H. Womack Building.

The Army hospital at Fort Bragg, North Carolina also bears his name and is called the Womack Army Medical Center.