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Full Text Citations For Award of
The Navy Cross

 
 To U.S. Army Personnel
Korean War 1950-1953
(3 Awards)

 

To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pleasure in Presenting


THE NAVY CROSS
to

OLIHOVIK, JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to John Olihovik, Captain, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Pilot of an L-5 airplane with the Aviation Section, Headquarters Company, 7th Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces at Chuchon-ni, Korea, on 20 February 1951. When a Navy aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed into the riverbed of the Chu'chongang, Captain Olihovik, flying an unarmed plane, proceeded immediately to the area and, skillfully landing in the rough terrain, made his way on foot to the stricken aircraft despite intense, direct fire from enemy troops only 300 yards away. Reaching and lifting the critically injured pilot, he carried him back to the rescue plane which was idling 100 yards distant. Miraculously escaping almost certain death, injury or capture, Captain Olihovik took off and flew the injured man directly to the Chech'on airstrip where he was quickly transferred to a field hospital. By his daring initiative and superb courage, he served to inspire other pilots to heroic efforts, thus contributing to the effectiveness of the striking power in the task force as a whole. His selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal risk reflects the highest credit upon Captain Olihovik and the United States Armed Forces.

*PAGE, JOHN UPSHUR DENNIS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to John Upshur Dennis Page (0-29085), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while attached to the 52nd Transportation Truck Battalion (Attached), X Corps Artillery, in action against enemy aggressor forces near Sudong-ni, Korea, on 10 December 1950. When numerically superior enemy forces ambushed a Marine regimental convoy with which he was traveling, Lieutenant Colonel Page repeatedly exposed himself to intense hostile machine-gun, mortar and small-arms fire to move forward in an effort to organize friendly elements and reduce the roadblock. Realizing the extreme danger to the stationary convoy while under the relentless fire of enemy forces commanding high ground on both sides of the road, he bravely fought his way to the head of the column accompanied by a Marine private and, undaunted by point-blank machine-gun fire, continued directly into the hostile strong-point, taking thirty of the enemy completely by surprise and inflicting severe casualties among them. With the Marine private wounded by a hand-grenade fragment, Lieutenant Colonel Page ordered him to withdraw and provided him with covering fire, fiercely continuing to engage the enemy single-handedly and killing twelve of them before he himself was mortally wounded. By his valiant and aggressive fighting spirit in the face of overwhelming odds during this self-imposed mission, he was directly responsible in disrupting the hostile attack, thereby allowing the members of the convoy to regroup, re-deploy and fight off succeeding attacks. His outstanding courage, self- sacrificing efforts and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Lieutenant Colonel Page and the United States Armed Forces. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: February 8, 1904 at Malahi Island, Philippine Islands
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Other Award: Medal of Honor (Korea)

SPEIR, FRANK
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Frank Speir, Major, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while temporarily attached to Army Tug LT-636 and engaged in evacuating Republic of Korea guerrilla troops from a stranded LST far behind the enemy line on 19 September 1950. Sensing the reluctance of the relief LST to beach in enemy territory under fire, Major Speir volunteered to board it and beach it, which he did. After beaching the relief LST, Major Speir supervised the evacuation of the relief LST, Major Speir supervised the evacuation of over one hundred wounded and about six hundred troops by utilizing three life rafts in tandem. He swam to the beach though pinned down many times by enemy mortar, machinegun and small arms fire and managed to successfully evacuate all personnel with a minimum of losses. By his professional skill, indomitable courage and perseverance in the face of most trying circumstances, Major Speir was responsible for the evacuation of a large number of highly trained valuable troops and his unselfish devotion to duty reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Military Services.

 

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