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The President of the United States of America
Authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918,
has awarded th
e

Silver Star
Posthumously To:

 

SECOND LIEUTENANT FRANCIS J. McGOVERN,
United States Army

For gallantry in action:

Second Lieutenant Francis J. McGovern, Infantry, Company I, 9th Infantry Division, is awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 10 February 1951 in the vicinity of Kumwang-ni, Korea.  On that date his company jumped off in an attack to seize Hill 442.  After advancing approximately 300 yards, the company was halted by intense mortar, automatic weapons and small arms fire.  Completely ignoring a wound which he received at this time Lieutenant McGovern, with forceful leadership, reorganized his platoon and resumed the assault.  Inspired by his heroic conduct and absolute fearlessness, the platoon followed him in a fierce charge upon the hostile positions.  During this attack, he was wounded a second time.  The gallantry and inspiraitonal leadership displayed by Lieutenant McGovern reflect great credit upon him and the military service.

 

 

 

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