On July 25, 1950, North Korean troops invaded South Korea, starting the Korean War. Sixteen nations, including the US, committed troops to defend South Korea. Almost 800 North Carolinians were killed. One, medic PFC Bryant E. Womack of Rutherford County, was killed March 12, 1952. He was twenty years old and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. In May 1955, work began at Fort Bragg for a hospital to be built in his name. Womack Army Hospital is today a major army medical center and the only such facility honoring an enlisted man.