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Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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The Korean War

 

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MALDONADO-MATOS, LUIS E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Luis E. Maldonado-Matos (RA30409759), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. On 26 - 27 April 1951, near Ckugyo, Korea, Company A launched an attack against a well-defended enemy hill position. Corporal Maldonado- Matos, attached to Company A for this operation, saw an enemy soldier attempt to stab a friendly infantryman. Fearlessly rushing to his comrade's assistance, he overpowered the enemy soldier and killed him with a pistol. When the enemy launched a surprise counterattack a short time later, Corporal Maldonado-Matos directed accurate machine gun fire into the attacker's ranks and momentarily checked the enemy's advance. When the unit received orders to withdraw, he courageously remained behind and fired round after round of ammunition at the assaulting troops. Only after he was assured that his comrades had reached more tenable positions did he rejoin the unit. Corporal Maldonado-Matos' gallant and aggressive actions reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 298 (22 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MANTALAS, JOHN G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John G. Mantalas (0-63064), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 4 June 1951, Captain (then First Lieutenant) Mantalas led his platoon in an attack on well-fortified enemy position near Anu, Korea. The hostile force commanded excellent observation and fields of fire of the surrounding territory and for several days had repulsed heavy attacks by friendly troops. Despite intense hostile fire, the platoon advanced to a strip of open terrain that was covered by devastating enemy automatic weapons fire. Fully exposing himself to the lethal hail of fire, Captain Mantalas dashed across the fire-swept terrain, firing his carbine at a rapid rate. This aggressive and unexpected action took the foe by surprise and forced him to temporarily seek cover, enabling the friendly force to cross the open terrain. The advance continued to the base of a huge boulder, from which the enemy rained down a terrific barrage of hand grenades. After an attack from both the right and left flank had failed and realizing that immediate action must be taken to prevent his platoon's annihilation, Captain Mantalas completely disregarded his personal safety as he climbed over the great obstruction, shouting, and firing his weapon with deadly accuracy. Inspired by their leader's courageous actions, the friendly troops rose from their positions and, with renewed spirit, surmounted the boulder and completely routed the foe. Captain Mantalas' outstanding gallantry and initiative were directly responsible for the capture of the strategically important position and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 207 (8 June 1952)
Home Of Record:  Wisconsin

MARCUS, GERALD R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gerald R. Marcus (0-2208661), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 13 June and during the early morning hours of 14 June 1953, in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea, Lieutenant Marcus led Company G in an attack on an enemy outpost known as Hill 412. During the assault, his company was subjected to extremely heavy enemy artillery, mortar, grenade, and small arms fire. Lieutenant Marcus moved through the barrage, constantly encouraging his men and, by his personal actions, inspiring his company. Upon reaching their objective and inflicting heavy casualties upon the foe, his company was subjected to heavy enemy artillery and mortar concentrations. After effecting an orderly reorganization, two more assaults were made under increasing enemy fire. Although wounded, when ordered to return to friendly lines, he refused to leave until the last man had been evacuated. His display of superior leadership under intense fire and his determination and eagerness to accomplish his mission with complete disregard for his personal safety, inspired the men about him and accounted for many enemy casualties. Lieutenant Marcus' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 204 (24 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  Connecticut

MARRERO, LUIS M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Luis M. Marrero (RA6674836), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 19 November 1950, in the vicinity of Toogoni, Korea, the company to which Sergeant Marrero was attached as an aid man was engaged by a numerically superior enemy force. In the ensuing action several men of the company were critically wounded. Sergeant Marrero, with complete disregard for his own safety, went forward, braving strong enemy fire, and administered the necessary first aid. Despite freezing weather, exposure to the enemy, and a shortage of appropriate medical supplies, he continued to care for the wounded to the best of his ability until they could be evacuated. Sergeant Marrero's gallant devotion to duty under hazardous conditions alleviated much suffering and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 196 (17 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MARTINEZ, FEDERICO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Federico Martinez (RA6674819), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 31 January 1951, Company G was assigned the mission of attacking Hill 262, south of Chungson-gok, Korea. The enemy was well entrenched in concealed positions along the crest of the hill. With mortars and heavy machine guns the enemy had successfully held up the advance of another company of this battalion for several hours. Sergeant Martinez's platoon was designated the assault platoon during this attack. As the platoon was neared the top of the hill, the enemy fire became so intense that the advance faltered. Completely ignoring his personal safety, Sergeant Martinez rushed to the front of his platoon and charged a machine gun nest alone. He killed the crew with his rifle and hand grenades. Quickly catching the spirit of the attack from Sergeant Martinez his platoon rallied and soon secured the hill. His inspiring action gave his platoon the spark of aggressiveness that made a second assault of the enemy positions unnecessary and consequently saved many lives. The gallantry and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Martinez reflect great credit on himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 124 (7 May 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MARTINEZ, JOSE R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose R. Martinez (0-1339897), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 26 April 1951, the 2d Battalion was ferociously attacked by two enemy regiments in the vicinity of Ilbisang-ni, Korea. In the ensuing battle, the battalion command post was brought under heavy fire from automatic weapons and mortars. From his position in the post, Lieutenant Martinez saw that panic was beginning to spread among the friendly troops and revealing himself constantly to enemy fire he moved forward to rally the men. Working his way among them, he encouraged and reorganized the soldiers into a stable defense line. In spite of the fierce continuing engagement, he successfully controlled the line, thus releasing the pressure of the attack and enabling the men to hold their positions. Lieutenant Martinez' fearless action and exemplary initiative reflect the highest credit upon himself and are in keeping with the most gallant traditions of the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 216 (22 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MARTINEZ, JULIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Julio Martinez (RA10403720), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 14 December 1950, near Oro-ri, Korea, Sergeant Martinez was in charge of a listening post situated approximately one mile in front of his company's positions. During the night he observed a strong enemy force moving toward the company area. Immediately he calmly notified the company and instead of withdrawing he remained at the listening post until the fire fight began. Then, of his own volition and initiative, he led his men in attacking the rear of the enemy. By this bold and fearless action he caused the enemy to become so disorganized and confused as to allow the company time to strengthen its flanks. Sergeant Martinez's movement was repelled by heavy enemy automatic weapons fire forcing his small group to withdraw to more covered positions. From the new positions he and his men continued to harass the enemy's rear. Not until the situation became unbearable did he withdraw to friendly lines, and while withdrawing he again risked his life in caring for a wounded comrade. The daring leadership and courage displayed by Sergeant Martinez on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 80 (27 March 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MCDANIEL, WILLIAM THOMAS (POW)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Thomas McDaniel (0-12650), Major, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a member of Headquarters Company, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, in action on 20 July 1950, at Taejon, Korea. After a Battery of 155 millimeter howitzers had been overrun by the enemy and the weapons turned on our own troops, Major McDaniel was ordered to neutralize the position. He gathered a group of volunteers from headquarters personnel and led the attack on the battery position. Despite intense small arms and mortar fire, Major McDaniel succeeded in retaking the howitzers. Going beyond his instructions, he brought up prime movers, coupled the guns and, through a hail of hostile fire, led the convoy out to a position of safety. By his inspirational leadership and outstanding courage, Major McDaniel not only neutralized the captured battery position, but succeeded in restoring to friendly forces the critically needed artillery pieces. His gallantry brought the highest credit to himself and to the military service.
Home Of Record:  Dougherty, Georgia
Other Award: DSC (Korea)

MCGEE, FRED B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred B. McGee (US52146660), Corporal, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, near Tang-Wan-Ni, Korea, on 16 June 1952, during an assault on enemy fortified positions on Hill 528. As gunner on a light machine gun in a weapons squad, Corporal McGee delivered a heavy volume of supporting fire from an exposed position, despite intense enemy machine gun and mortar fire directly on his position. Though forced to move his gun several times, he continued to support the assault and give covering fire to the assault elements. When his squad leader was wounded, he assumed command of the squad and moved even farther forward to a more exposed position in order to deliver neutralizing fire on an enemy machine gun sweeping the other assault platoon with deadly flanking fire. When his machine gunner was killed, he again took over the gun and delivered deadly fire on the enemy positions. On the order to withdraw, he voluntarily remained behind to assist in the evacuation of the wounded and dead. Though wounded himself, he heroically exposed himself to intense enemy machine gun and mortar fire to assist his wounded and dead comrades. The gallantry and courageous actions of Corporal Fred B. McGee reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Home Of Record:  Ohio

MCGOVERN, FRANCIS JEROME
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francis Jerome McGovern, Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action on 10 February 1951 in the vicinity of Kumwang-ni, Korea. On that date Second Lieutenant McGovern's 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 inspirational leadership displayed by Lieutenant McGovern reflect great credit upon him and the military service.
Home Of Record:  Washington, D.C.

*MCKOTCH, EDWARD T.
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward T. McKotch (US52212295), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in Korea. During the early morning hours of 24 June 1953, in the vicinity of Chat-Kol, Korea, the main line of resistance positions of Company K were attacked by a numerically superior enemy force supported by heavy barrages of mortar and artillery fire. In the initial bombardment, a friendly automatic rifle position was hit by enemy fire which wounded the two men stationed there. Learning this, Sergeant McKotch immediately ran to the weakened sector and removed the casualties to safety. Disregarding the intense enemy concentration, he courageously returned to the position and commenced to operate an automatic rifle. Although the enemy had reached his position, he continued to fire his weapons and inflicted much damage upon the advancing foe. He valiantly defended the vital position until mortally wounded. Sergeant McKotch's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders Number 482 (November 17, 1953)
Home Of Record:  Pennsylvania

MCLEAN, THOMAS S.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas S. McLean (0-2028610), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 6 September 1952, Lieutenant McLean's unit was engaged in a bitter fight to halt the enemy advance and recapture positions which the enemy had overrun near Satae-ri, Korea. Lieutenant McLean organized a counterattacking force and led it through heavy mortar and small arms fire against the enemy held positions. The assault was broken and Lieutenant McLean wounded, but he fell back, regrouped his men, and courageously led another charge. Intense enemy fire stopped the second attack and inflicted heavy casualties on the friendly force, again wounding Lieutenant McLean. Despite his painful injuries, he risked his life to go to the aid of a wounded comrade who was lying in an exposed position. After the man had been carried to safety, Lieutenant McLean, refusing to be evacuated himself, organized a third assaulting group and led it forward until it too broke in the face of the withering enemy fire. Although near the point of collapse from shock and loss of blood, Lieutenant McLean insisted on remaining with his unit to lead still another charge. He was evacuated against his will. Lieutenant McLean's heroic actions were instrumental in stopping the enemy advance and were a great inspiration to the men of his unit. His extraordinary courage, unfaltering leadership, and determined devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army.
Home Of Record:  New York

MEDINA-OLIVERA, HERIBERTO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Heriberto Medina-Olivera (RA30452231), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 4 June 1951, Company A was assaulting its objective, Hill 466, near Unchon-ni, Korea, when the Third Platoon became pinned down by the severe fire of an enemy automatic weapons position. Sergeant Medina-Olivera, a squad leader in this platoon, instructed his squad to cover him and, without being ordered to do so, aggressively crawled forward through the open ground which the hostile machine gun was spraying with lethal fire. Immediately sighted by the enemy gun crew as he approached their position, Sergeant Medina- Olivera faced the full fury of their weapon's firepower, but quickly moving into a small depression, affording scant cover, he continued to advance. When he was in range, Sergeant Medina-Olivera threw hand grenades into the emplacement, destroying it and killing three of the occupants. With the weapon silenced, he signaled for his platoon to move forward and press its attack, finally securing the objective. Sergeant Medina-Olivera 's outstanding gallantry and courageous determination reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 470 (15 October 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MEDINA-PINEIRO, PEDRO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pedro Medina-Pineiro (US50114797), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 20 July 1953, a squad of an Antitank and Mine Platoon, led by Sergeant Medina-Pineiro, set out on a mine detecting mission forward of the friendly main line of resistance in the vicinity of Kundong-Myon, Korea. As they began their duties, an enemy artillery and mortar barrage began, seriously wounded several men, mortally wounded another and created a state of disorder among the rest of the squad members. Exercising exceptional command presence, Sergeant Medina-Pineiro calmly organized his men and directed the evacuation of the casualties from the stricken area back to the friendly lines. He then went back alone to the perilous area to search for more wounded. Finding another casualty, he carried him back to safety. Sergeant Medina-Pineiro's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 361 (27 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MENTRIE, JOSEPH L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph L. Mentrie (RA12307346), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 29 April 1951, near Seoul, Korea, a squad of C Company's Third Platoon, led by Private Mentrie, was ordered to secure a commanding hill upon which the enemy was entrenched. As the squad moved forward, it was temporarily pinned down by the hostile fire, but under Private Mentrie's fearless direction, it was able to place devastating counterfire upon the foe and continue on. Meeting an enemy counterattack, whose component greatly outnumbered the squad, it fell back expediently and Private Mentrie covered the withdrawal, completely ignoring the proximity of the hostile force. Later in the action, during a general assault, he ordered the men to fix bayonets and charge enemy positions along a narrow ridge, leading the attack and moving forward to personally destroy four hostile entrenchments with accurate throwing of hand grenades. Ignoring his exposed position and the concentrated enemy fire, he then placed his men in advantageous positions, distributing ammunition to them. The neutralization of the hostile emplacements and the favorable location of his squad inflicted many casualties on the enemy and enabled the company to win the engagement. Private Mentrie's outstanding tactical skill, aggressive leadership and gallant courage reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 436 (29 September 1951)
Home Of Record:  New York

*MINKLER, ROBERT WARREN
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Warren Minkler (RA21900656), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, 11th Airborne Division, in action against the enemy on 15 February 1951, during an attack against Hill 255, four miles northwest of Wonju, Korea.
Home Of Record:  Troy, New York

MIRANDA-ROSADO, DOMINGO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Domingo Miranda-Rosado (RA20022645), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 16 December 1950, near Sansong-ni, Korea, a large enemy force, under cover of intense fire, succeeded in penetrating positions defended by the machine gun platoon of Company M, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry. Securing a light machinegun, Corporal Miranda-Rosado, accompanied by the platoon sergeant and an aid man, left the platoon command post and attempted to go forward to the machinegun positions but, in the darkness and confusion, the platoon sergeant was wounded. Firing his machinegun from the hip, Corporal Miranda-Rosado successfully diverted the attention of the enemy, which enabled the aid man to rush forward and render medical assistance to the stricken soldier. Despite the fact that he was wounded by grenade fragments, Corporal Miranda- Rosado chose to remain in his exposed position and alone held off the enemy until the wounded man was evacuated. The outstanding gallantry and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Miranda-Rosado reflect great credit upon himself and exemplify the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 171 (29 May 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

MIRELES, LEE O.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lee O. Mireles (RA18412995), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the early morning of 11 June 1953, enemy forces attacked the Company B sector of the main line of resistance in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea. The ensuing hail of automatic weapons fire wounded Corporal Mireles in the leg. A medical aid man in close proximity to him persuaded him to move to a less exposed position to receive first aid for his wound. After his leg was bandaged, Corporal Mireles ran back to his previous firing position and re-engaged the enemy in an intense fire fight. When the enemy troops entered the trenches, he charged at them, throwing fragmentation grenades and firing his weapon. An enemy grenade fell near him, wounding him seriously. As the medical aidman was evacuating him, he repeatedly sought to return to his comrades and continue the fight. Corporal Mireles' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 365 (29 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  Texas

MONETTE, MERLE J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Merle J. Monette (US37803110), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a member of Company F, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Sergeant Monette distinguished himself by courageous action near Soun-ni, Korea, on 15 October 1951. His company had the mission of attacking and securing an enemy-held objective, a rugged and steep hill. Acting as lead element, his platoon advanced up the objective but as it neared the top, it was suddenly halted by a tremendous volume of enemy fire. Seeing that a hostile recoilless rifle position was the key defensive emplacement, Sergeant Monette, with complete disregard for his own safety, advanced through the withering fire to destroy it. He was seriously wounded as he moved forward but refused to stop. He then engaged the four enemy troops and killed them all after a fierce automatic weapons duel. As his platoon followed in the attack, he entered a communication trench and killed three additional hostile soldiers on his way to the top of the objective, there setting up covering fire and enabling his platoon to follow and capture the objective. As his comrades went on to the next objective, he was again wounded by enemy machine gun fire. However, he continued to provide effective covering fire, killing two more of the enemy and contributing immeasurably to the success of the entire mission. Sergeant Monette's courageous action, aggressive fighting skill and selfless devotion to duty reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Infantry.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, General Orders Number 51 (January 25, 1952)
Home Of Record:  Ramona, South Dakota

MORTENSEN, BENJAMIN F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin F. Mortensen (0-999809), First Lieutenant (Chaplain), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Chaplain assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 27 July 1953, the 1st Battalion Headquarters area in the vicinity of Pong-Dong, Korea, was subjected to a devastating concentration of artillery fire by enemy forces. Chaplain Mortensen, who was positioned in the command post at the inception of the action, made his way directly to the aid station in anticipation of casualties. As he moved through the intensely shelled area, he came upon an officer lying critically wounded on the open ground. As enemy fire increased in intensity, Chaplain Mortensen unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the wounded man, shielding him from further harm. When the fire diminished, Chaplain Mortensen aided in the further removal of the wounded officer to the aid station and remained there giving comfort and assistance to the wounded. As the shelling continued, Chaplain Mortensen again exposed himself to the enemy fire as he moved about to render aid and comfort to other men who fell casualties to the relentless fire. Chaplain Mortensen's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 351 (18 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  Utah

*NARVAEZ-MONTALVO, MARINE
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Marine Narvaez-Montalvo (ER30415205), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 29 April 1951, Company C sustained several casualties while attacking well- defended enemy positions on Hill 272, Korea. Private Narvaez-Montalvo, attached to Company C as an aid man, repeatedly braved intense hostile fire to give medical assistance to his wounded comrades. When a friendly infantryman was severely wounded and completely surrounded by the enemy, Private Narvaez-Montalvo fought his way to the stricken soldier's side, wounding several enemy. He was subjected to a fanatical enemy attack while rendering first aid and, while offering valiant resistance, was mortally wounded. The outstanding gallantry and exemplary devotion to duty displayed by Private Narvaez-Montalvo reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 197 (17 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

*NAVARRO-RODRIGUEZ, JOSE E.
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jose E. Navarro-Rodriguez (US50100816), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 30 September 1951, Company I attacked a hill near Chorwon, Korea, which was strongly held by a well entrenched and fanatically determined enemy force. As the unit advanced upon the hostile defenses, it was subjected to intense automatic weapons and mortar fire from two advantageously located wooden bunkers. Realizing that the destruction of these lethal obstacles was necessary to allow the company to continue its advance, Private Navarro-Rodriguez quickly dashed across the exposed terrain to within grenade range of the enemy emplacements, and although fully revealed to the fury of the hostile counterfire, threw hand grenades into the positions, completely destroying them. When this was done, the enemy defense crumbled and the rest of the hostile troops fled the area, hotly pursued by Company I. Joining in the advance, Private Navarro-Rodriguez bore a machine gun to the top of the hill and mounted it to pour heavy fire into the ranks of the dispersed and retreating enemy. As he was engaged in this action, he fell mortally wounded from the desperate hostile return fire. The fearless contribution that Private Navarro-Rodriguez made to his unit's mission and the completely selfless gallantry with which it was accomplished, reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 543 (26 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

NEAL, WILLIS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willis Neal (RA182773), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy near Kuram, Korea, on 19 February, 1951. Corporal Neal was a part of the unit attacking the enemy well entrenched on high ground near Kuram. During the actual assault, the lead squad were pinned down by grenades, automatic weapons and small arms fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Corporal Neal, with complete disregard for his personal safety, led his squad in a counter-attack. He personally destroyed the key positions which had held up the advance and was wounded in the accomplishment of his mission. The gallantry displayed by Corporal Neal on this occasion reflects great credit on himself and the military service.
Home Of Record:  Winnfield, South Carolina

NIEVES, FELIX G.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Felix G. Nieves (RA10402044), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, on 11 December 1950, near Sudong-ni, Korea. Sergeant Nieves' company had been holding off a numerically superior force of the enemy for three days while protecting the vitally important withdrawal of members of the 1st. Marines and 7th Infantry Divisions toward Hamhung. After the final group of soldiers and marines had passed G company's defense positions, the company was ordered to withdraw and serve as a rear-guard for the main body of troops as far south as Majong-dong. Sergeant Nieves' platoon was ordered to cover the company's withdrawal and his squad to cover the withdrawal of the platoon. As the platoon was completing its withdrawal, an enemy attack in force developed. Sergeant Nieves fearlessly ordered his squad to withdraw as he alone defended the position in the face of heavy enemy machine gun and small arms fire. He killed at least eighteen of the enemy and caused the remainder to become confused and disorganized, allowing his squad to gain the comparative safety of the retreating column. Sergeant Nieves' ability in the use of his basic infantry weapons, the hand grenade and rifle, as well as his great courage saved the lives of many of his follow soldiers. His extraordinary heroism reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea) Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)

NIEVES, FELIX G.
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Felix G. Nieves (RA10402044), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 2 February 1951, near Chensong-gok, Korea during a fierce enemy attack against the defensive positions held by Sergeant Nieves' platoon, one of the squad leaders was mortally wounded and the squad, becoming completely disorganized, withdrew before the fury of the attack. With complete disregard for his own safety, exposing himself to the enemy's view, allowed his body to be employed as an aiming stake so that effective friendly machine gun and mortar fire could be directed at the advancing enemy. Defiantly shouting at the enemy, throwing grenades and firing his rifle, blowing a whistle and brandishing his bayonet, Sergeant Nieves single-handedly held an area normally assigned to an entire rifle squad and threw the enemy into a state of complete confusion. Sergeant Nieves' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and exemplify the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 148 (May 17, 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star (Korea)

*OCASIO, ANGEL LUIS
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Angel Luis Ocasio (RA10403238), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 23 April 1951, in the vicinity of Ognyo-bong, Korea, Company F was subjected to a fanatical attack by a large hostile force. Noticing that one of his comrades had been seriously wounded, Sergeant Ocasio bravely went to his assistance and, completely oblivious of the heavy volume of fire sweeping the area, carried him to a place of safety. During the fierce firefight, Sergeant Ocasio moved from position to position, encouraging his men and directing their fire and movement, while returning to the command post to procure ammunition to replenish the rapidly diminishing supply, he was mortally wounded by fragments from an exploding shell. Sergeant Ocasio's selfless gallantry reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the esteemed traditions of the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 290 (17 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

OLMEDA, HIPOLITO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hipolito Olmeda (RA30410478), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 22 February 1953, in the vicinity of Chonyong-Ni, Korea, Master Sergeant (then Sergeant First Class) Olmeda advanced to the second platoon's listening post for the purpose of investigating his sentinels' report of suspected enemy movement. At the position, he detected and reported to the platoon leader signs of an enemy force proceeding in their direction. Disregarding his personal safety, he remained alone at the listening post, covering the return of the men from the post to the main line of resistance. After he was assured of the men's safety, he began moving back to friendly lines. While en route, he noted that the enemy was rapidly closing for the attack. Realizing they must be delayed to allow time for friendly forces to prepare for the defense, he opened fire, causing the enemy troops to deploy and expose their firing positions. This action brought intense hostile fire on Sergeant Olmeda, but he remained in the exposed position and continued firing until ordered back into the friendly trenches. Sergeant Olmeda's outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 176 (9 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

OLSEN, HANS G.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hans G. Olsen (0-1925827), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 9 June 1953, Lieutenant Olsen was patrol leader of an assault element which engaged in a firefight with the enemy on Hill 412 in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. When his patrol entered the trenches of the enemy stronghold, he deployed his men with maximum effective results. During the course of action, he destroyed an enemy bunker together with enemy personnel by moving directly to its aperture and hurling grenades into it. When the enemy attempted to by pass the exposed flank of the element, he effectively fired his weapon and mortally wounded the foe. When the patrol's ammunition was nearly expended, he ordered a return to friendly lines. As a result of his actions, the mission was successfully completed and numerous casualties were inflicted upon the enemy force. Lieutenant Olsen's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 229 (6 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Minnesota
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea) Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)

OLSEN, HANS G.
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Hans G. Olsen (0-1925827), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 14 June 1953, Company E made a raid on Hill 412 in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. Lieutenant Olsen was platoon leader of the support element as the company made their way through the heavy enemy artillery towards their objective. When the support element reached its position, he directed a base of fire on the hill despite heavy enemy shelling concentrated on his area. Although wounded by the enemy fire, he remained in place, directing protective fire. After three assaults on the enemy outpost, the company was ordered to return to friendly lines. After returning to the main line of resistance, Lieutenant Olsen discovered several men were still missing. He immediately organized a patrol to search the battle area for the missing men. Under extremely dangerous conditions, he searched the entire area and evacuated several wounded men. Only after assured that no one remained on the hill did he allow himself to be given first aid for his wounds. Lieutenant Olsen's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 338 (15 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  Minnesota
Other Award: Silver Star (Korea)

O'NEAL, GEORGE ALTON, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George Alton O'Neal, Jr. (0-439797), Major (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 26 April 1951, in the vicinity of Ilbisang-ni, Korea, the 2d Battalion and attached units were attacked by an enemy force of approximately two regiments. The barrage of small arms fire, hand grenades, and mortar shells falling in the area indicated that the enemy was preparing to close in for what they intended to be a final assault. Major O'Neal, realizing the need for an immediate counter attack, organized several squads from the battalion command post personnel and personally led them in their thrust against the hostile force. This action coupled with his relocation of the machine gun positions to more effective fields of fire turned the tide of battle, causing the enemy to retreat in confusion. Major O'Neal's contributions to his units defense were given under the most hazardous conditions and at great risk to his own safety. The outstanding leadership and gallant courage displayed by Major O'Neal reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 214 (22 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Georgia

ORTIZ, JOSE N.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose N. Ortiz (0-946705), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 2 October 1951, the 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry, was engaged in a vicious attack against strong enemy positions near Chorwon, Korea. Three well-entrenched hostile positions were delivering an intense barrage of automatic -weapons fire on the friendly force, seriously threatening its further advance. Realizing the necessity for silencing these enemy positions, Lieutenant Ortiz, a platoon leader in Company M, immediately set up his 75 millimeter recoilless rifle section in an exposed position in order to get a good field of observation and fire. Despite the devastating artillery and mortar fire that was directed at his position, he undauntedly continued firing until two of the hostile positions were destroyed and his ammunition supply was expended. He then fearlessly crossed 200 yards of open, fire swept terrain and assumed command of Company K's 57 millimeter rifle section. From this position he continued his destructive fire until the third enemy position was neutralized. Lieutenant Ortiz' exemplary leadership and gallantry were instrumental in the successful accomplishment of his unit's mission and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 161 (27 April 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ORTIZ-PEREZ, DOMINGO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Domingo Ortiz-Perez (RA6674712), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 16 December 1950, the enemy launched a fierce attack and penetrated positions held by Company M and Company I of the 65th Infantry. Small groups of the enemy infiltrated in and around the nearby village of Sanghung, Korea, and four enemy soldiers managed to reach a flanking position from which they directed deadly small arms and automatic weapons fire upon the men of Company M who had been assigned the task of clearing the village and retaking lost positions. Realizing that the situation called for immediate action, Sergeant Ortiz-Perez voluntarily and single-handedly attacked the aggressors, forcing them to take cover inside a house from which they returned his fire. He cautiously made his way to the building, threw a grenade inside of it, and a few minutes later called for the occupants to surrender. When the enemy gave no indication of surrendering, Sergeant Ortiz-Perez assaulted the house, managed to kill three enemy soldiers in close combat, and captured the fourth. This action, executed by Sergeant Ortiz-Perez at great danger to his own life, materially contributed to the ultimate success of the mission. Sergeant Ortiz-Perez's gallantry and faithful devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and exemplify the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 147 (17 May 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

O'TOOLE, THOMAS J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas J. O'Toole (US23735206), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 8 July 1953, Private O'Toole was a member of a five man listening post which had taken up a position on contested ground forward of the main line of resistance in the vicinity of Chungmoksil, Korea. As midnight approached, an enemy force of platoon size launched an attack in which they employed automatic weapons and numerous grenades. Private O'Toole, responding at once, mortally wounded three of the enemy in the initial burst of fire and continued to lay heavy and effective fire on the oncoming enemy until his weapon was blown from his hands by the force of an exploding grenade. Private O'Toole then moved to a position where one of his comrades had fallen and took up his weapon. Alternately hurling grenades and leveling effective fire on the enemy, he continued in the intense fire fight until the enemy was routed and withdrew in disorder. Private O'Toole's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 303 (31 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Pennsylvania

*OYOLA, GERMAN
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to German Oyola (RA10404296), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 26 April 1951, near Chuygo, Korea, Sergeant Oyola's machine gun section was attached to and providing fire support for the attacking elements of Company A when a fanatical enemy counterattack necessitated a withdrawal to more tenable positions. Sergeant Oyola, placing his section in the new location, received notification that two of his men had been wounded and were in the area recently vacated. Immediately he advanced into the face of heavy hostile fire. Upon returning with one of the stricken soldiers, he courageously re-entered the fire- swept area and carried the other man to safety. The gallant and selfless concern for his comrades displayed by Sergeant Oyola reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 436 (29 September 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

PAGAN, BENJAMIN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin Pagan (0-959120), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 28 November 1950, in the vicinity of Chomdang-dong, Korea, while on patrol, Lieutenant Pagan displayed gallantry in action. As the patrol was moving, it was fired upon by enemy forces entrenched on a high ridge. Lieutenant Pagan immediately deployed his platoon in an effort to drive the enemy from the ridge. After an intense fire fight in which he displayed personal bravery and leadership he was ordered to cover the withdrawal of the company. The company successfully withdrew, but upon reaching the assembly area Lieutenant Pagan discovered that he had two men missing. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he returned alone to the ridge under enemy fire, located the two men, and brought them back to the comparative safety of the platoon. Lieutenant Pagan's intrepid leadership and concern for the men in his command reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 16 (24 January 1951)
Home Of Record:  New York

PAGAN, PEDRO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pedro Pagan (RA30404806), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 31 January 1951, near Suwon, Korea, Company B 65th Infantry had the mission to move and take Hill 449 in the vicinity of Suwon, Korea. Stiff resistance was encountered and the company was halted by an undiscovered enemy machine gun. Corporal Pagan immediately volunteered to locate and destroy the enemy machine gun position. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Corporal Pagan, exposing himself to heavy enemy fire, moved aggressively toward the enemy positions throwing grenades. He reached the enemy position, destroyed the machine gun and killed all the enemy who were manning it. The result of Corporal Pagan's actions enabled the company to advance and complete its mission. Corporal Pagan's courage, aggressiveness, and heroism reflect great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 74 (23 March 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

PAGANI, FEDERICO, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Federico Pagani, Jr. (RA6674617), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 November 1950, near Kowan, Korea, Sergeant Pagani was in charge of a section of his platoon when it had established contact with a numerically superior enemy force. The platoon was receiving heavy automatic fire on its front and flanks from the enemy. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Pagani stood erect in the face of intense enemy fire directing the movement of and issuing orders to his section as they made an enveloping movement against an enemy-occupied village. Later he personally led his section in an assault across a river, which was swept by enemy fire, in aiding his platoon secure a hill on the opposite side. Throughout both maneuvers Sergeant Pagani was at the lead of his section. Sergeant Pagani's outstanding leadership and gallantry were not only inspirational but were successful in the seizure of the village and the hill. His actions reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 17 (24 January 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

PANKE, ROBERT E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert E. Panke (0-23831), Lieutenant Colonel (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a member of Headquarters, 57th Field Artillery Battalion, in action near Sokkogae, Korea. On 21 March 1953, friendly artillery bunkers had been damaged and the hill on which Colonel Panke's battalion was located was receiving heavy enemy artillery fire. Realizing the importance of first hand knowledge of the situation, Colonel Panke exposed himself to the enemy fire in order to make a physical reconnaissance of the artillery observation posts. At one of the outposts, Colonel Panke aided the observer to call in effective fire on the enemy. On his way to another outpost, Colonel Panke ignored the incoming shells in the trench area and made a full appraisal of the damage to the bunkers before returning to a position of comparative safety. Colonel Panke's consistent disregard for existing danger, outstanding contribution to the tactical situation, and evident eagerness for a complete analysis of the existing situation were an inspiration to all the officers and men who witnessed his actions. The gallantry displayed by Colonel Panke reflects great credit to himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
General Orders No. 270 (31 May 1953)
Home Of Record:  Wisconsin

PARDY, ARMAND W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Armand W. Pardy (RA32253156), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 10 June 1953, in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea, Company F began an assault of enemy held Hill 412. Master Sergeant (then Sergeant First Class) Pardy was directing the fire of his two squads which were in support of the advancing assault units when he observed two friendly casualties lying in a shallow trench directly in front of an enemy cave. Sergeant Pardy, without regard for his personal safety, went forward to the aid of the critically wounded men. Nearing the trench, he dropped to the ground and crawled up a steep incline towards the men. As he was pulling one man out of the trench, automatic weapons fire, coming from within the cave, mortally wounded one of the casualties. Firing his carbine and with supporting fire from another member of the patrol, he quickly silenced the enemy gun, mortally wounding two of the foe. In his second attempt to evacuate the wounded, he again came under fire from the enemy position. He immediately threw a hand grenade into the cave, mortally wounding the three remaining enemy soldiers. Still exposed to machine gun and sniper fire, he dragged one casualty to cover. He then took a position and fired upon the enemy snipers while a medical aid man evacuated the second friendly casualty. Sergeant Pardy's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 333 (13 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  New York

PAZ-AYALA, ISAAC
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Isaac Paz-Ayala (RA30432566), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 April 1951, Company B, occupying a blocking position on Hill 476 near Uijongbu, Korea, had been viciously attacked by a numerically superior enemy force which managed to surround the area. When the company was ordered to withdraw, it was necessary to assault the hostile positions with a bayonet charge to create an escape gap in the enemy line. Moving forward with his platoon, Sergeant Paz-Ayala located an enemy machine gun which was inflicting casualties on his unit and, maneuvering himself to within approximately 60 yards of the weapon, he killed its crew with the accurate fire of his carbine. Having eliminated the gun crew, Sergeant Paz-Ayala ran through vicious enemy cross fire to the position and turning the weapon around, began firing on a group of retreating hostile soldiers, killing and wounding several. Sergeant Paz-Ayala's gallant and aggressive behavior materially aided the successful withdrawal of his unit and reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 305 (24 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

PEREZ-GARCIA, SANTIAGO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Santiago Perez-Garcia (US50102344), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 30 September 1951, the Third Platoon of Company I, while attacking an enemy held hill near Chorwon, Korea, encountered overwhelming fire from enemy machine guns in heavy wooden bunkers. Although the platoon was halted and two advance scouts were wounded, Private Perez-Garcia volunteered to go forward and wipe out the emplacements. Despite the intense fire spraying the area, he fearlessly advanced and, with grenades, successfully knocked out the hostile machine gun nests. This action proved decisive, permitting a central penetration of enemy defenses which forced them completely from the hill, leaving the original objective secure in friendly hands. The inspiring gallantry and courageous devotion to duty displayed by Private Perez-Garcia reflect high credit upon himself and the military service.
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

PERRY, THERON H.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theron H. Perry (0-2017275), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding Company K, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 29 September 1951, near Chorwon, Korea, Company K, in conjunction with another company, was assigned the mission of attacking and securing a strategic hill held by well-entrenched enemy troops. In the initial stage of the attack, Company K was subjected to heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire, but under the direction and encouragement of Captain Perry, the company continued to move forward until it reached the foot of the hill. Here it deployed and two platoons advanced up the incline under heavy small arms fire. When the platoons had nearly reached their objective, they were pinned down under vast quantities of grenades hurled down by the enemy. Although having been wounded by mortar fragments, Captain Perry moved forward to the units, ordered them to fix bayonets and, shouting encouragement, personally led the platoons in their final assault on the hill where they engaged the enemy at close quarters with grenades. During this final assault, Captain Perry was wounded again, seriously enough to necessitate evacuation; however, he had so inspired the men by his courage that they finished clearing the trenches of enemy troops and secured the hill. Captain Perry's superb courage, gallantry, and leadership reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 547 (1 December 1951)
Home Of Record:  New York

PINEIRO, HECTOR E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hector E. Pineiro (0-959121), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. In the early morning hours of 27 April 1951, near Uijongbu, Korea, a heavy enemy attack had forced a company on the right flank of Lieutenant Pineiro's platoon to withdraw within his unit's perimeter, thereby shifting the full weight of the enemy fire power to the platoon's sector of the line. Despite the fierce hostile fire Lieutenant Pineiro's repeatedly exposed himself to reorganize and deploy the company's troops within the perimeter. By dawn the unit was surrounded and subjected to a merciless barrage of enemy fire, making it necessary to withdraw. After creating a gap in the enemy lines, the platoon withdrew while Lieutenant Pineiro stayed behind and covered the escape. Although burdened with the multiple duties of his front-line command, the brave officer unhesitatingly moved forward and twice assisted in the care and evacuation of wounded soldiers. Lieutenant Pineiro's gallantry and exemplary leadership reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 261 (8 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

PIZARRO-MOJICA, ANTONIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Antonio Pizarro-Mojica (ER30428931), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 11 April 1951, near Yonggan-myon, Korea, Corporal Pizarro-Mojica accompanied a patrol into hostile territory to determine enemy dispositions and movement. As the patrol was returning to friendly lines it was subjected to an intense mortar barrage. Noticing a wounded comrade lying in an exposed area, Corporal Pizarro-Mojica ran to his assistance and, after administering first aid, proceeded to carry the soldier to a protected position. While trying to cross a dike, he was shot in the back by an enemy sniper. Completely ignoring the painful wound, Corporal Pizarro-Mojica courageously dragged the stricken infantryman over the dike to safety. The selfless gallantry displayed by Corporal Pizarro-Mojica reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 286 (16 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

POUCHER, WILLIAM L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William L. Poucher (RA17336553), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 6 September 1952, Private Poucher's unit was attacking an enemy force which had partially surrounded a friendly outpost and had begun a penetration of the main line of resistance near Satae-ri, Korea. Despite intense enemy mortar and grenade fire, Private Poucher advanced with his automatic rifle to a position from which he could place effective fire into the hostile ranks. Although painfully wounded, he continued to deliver a steady stream of accurate fire which inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and stopped their advance. Private Poucher was again wounded, but realizing that his was the only automatic weapon in the area, refused to be evacuated. Although weak from shock and loss of blood, he courageously remained in position and continued to fire. Private Poucher then noticed a comrade fighting violently to escape from the surrounded outpost position. Completely disregarding his personal safety, Private Poucher charged forward through heavy fire and began throwing grenades to support his trapped comrade. His courageous assault enabled the trapped man to fight his way through to friendly lines. Private Poucher's heroic actions were a great inspiration to his comrades, and contributed materially to the success of the unit's mission. His courage, determination, and unselfish devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

PRUITT, J. D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to J. D. Pruitt (US53138657), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 16 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Private Pruitt was a member of a combat patrol advancing to Hill 326, a contested area near enemy lines. Reaching the crest of the hill, he effectively positioned himself on the defense perimeter and opened fire on an approaching enemy force. In the ensuing fire fight and hand-to-hand combat, an enemy soldier charged toward Private Pruitt and attempted to take him prisoner. Private Pruitt aggressively engaged the man and threw him down the steep slope. Immediately, another of the enemy attacked Private Pruitt and was also knocked down the hillside. Private Pruitt then threw several grenades into the rapidly retreating force, mortally wounding a number of the foe. His quick decisions and courageous actions contributed materially to the success of the mission with a minimum of casualties. Private Pruitt's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 481 (16 November 1953)
Home Of Record:  Mississippi

RAMIREZ, PABLO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pablo Ramirez (0-954382), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 1 February 1951, Lieutenant Ramirez led his platoon in an assault on Hill 449 in the vicinity of Kalgok, Korea. In the initial phase of the assault an enemy mortar barrage killed one of the men of the platoon and wounded two others. The platoon was disorganized by the terrific barrage, but Lieutenant Ramirez immediately reorganized his men and continued the attack on the hill in spite of the mortar and small arms fire. He discovered two wounded men and evacuated them. Upon reaching a third man, he was killed by a second mortar barrage. The bravery and gallantry displayed by Lieutenant Ramirez was and inspiration to his men and exemplifies the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 92 (April 11, 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

REYES, VIDAL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vidal Reyes (RA10403872), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 4 June 1951, A Company's First Platoon was assaulting an objective, near Unchon-ni, Korea, when a powerful enemy counterattack severed it from the main body of the company and left it without communication. Sergeant Reyes, realizing the seriousness of this situation, volunteered to lay wire across the embattled area and establish communication with the isolated platoon. Creeping and crawling forward through the rock strewn and bullet-swept terrain, he edged his way along stringing the ground wire behind him. During the hazardous mission, he was brought under fire by two enemy snipers, but, taking calm and careful aim with his own rifle, Sergeant Reyes killed them both. He then continued on his way, and reaching the cut-off unit, restored communication between it and the rest of the company. The steadfast gallantry displayed by Sergeant Reyes reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 499 (31 October 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RIVERA, NORBERTO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norberto Rivera (US50109255), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 20 July 1952, a platoon of Company A, of which Private Rivera was a squad leader, was assigned the mission of assaulting enemy fortifications on a hill in the vicinity of Chokko-ri, Korea. As the forward elements of the friendly unit neared their objective, they encountered intense enemy machine gun fire and were ambushed by the foe. Seeing that his squad was becoming disorganized, Private Rivera immediately regrouped the members of his unit, personally led them to within a few yards of the nearest machine gun emplacement and succeeded in silencing the enemy weapon. Realizing the foe had the advantage of fire power and fortifications and that it would be fatal to press the attack, Private Rivera ordered his men to withdraw. During the withdrawal he remained behind and provided his squad with effective covering fire. Upon rejoining his unit at a position of safety and noticing that a member of his unit was missing, he disregarded his personal safety, returned to the fire swept terrain, located the wounded man and personally carried him to the safety of friendly positions. the gallantry and selfless actions displayed by Private Rivera were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow soldier and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 374 (22 December 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RIVERA-CARRION, JOSE A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose A. Rivera-Carrion (RA57011159), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 19 February 1951, near Myongil-li, Korea, G Company's mission was to capture Hill 88 and, as the company moved into the assault, it immediately received intense enemy small arms fire. Because of the enemy's almost perfect use of camouflage and color, detection of their emplacements was difficult. When the order for the final assault was given, Private Rivera-Carrion, with complete disregard for his personal safety, immediately ran in front of the advancing company to charge the enemy positions with hand grenades. He blasted the enemy out of the dugouts so that his advancing comrades were able to inflict heavy casualties and drive the enemy from the hill. After Hill 88 was secured, heavy enemy mortar fire caused several casualties in other platoons and Private Rivera-Carrion voluntarily assisted in the evacuation of the wounded although mortar rounds were still falling in the area. The gallantry and courage displayed by Private Rivera-Carrion reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 177 (5 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ROBLES-DEJESUS, ISMAEL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ismael Robles-DeJesus (US50100874), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 18 September 1951, near Chorwon, Korea, Company I, advancing up the steep slopes of Objective SCARE under cover of darkness and fog, was subjected to the intense fire of four enemy machine guns located above the company. Private Robles-DeJesus, aware of the seriousness of the situation, voluntarily exposed himself to the withering hostile fire by advancing to the crest of the hill and single-handedly assaulting one of the machine gun emplacements, killing the occupants with rounds from his weapon. However, in so doing, he was struck and mortally wounded by the fire of another enemy machine gun. The selfless gallantry and courageous initiative displayed by Private Robles-DeJesus reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 539 (25 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RODRIGUEZ, LUIS R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Luis R. Rodriguez (0-1338514), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 1 February 1951, in the vicinity of Tongchon-ni, Korea, Company F encountered stubborn enemy resistance while attacking firmly entrenched hostile positions on Hill 297. When extremely mountainous terrain hindered the maneuverability of the attacking elements, Lieutenant Rodriguez repeatedly rallied the troops and, although frequently exposed to intense hostile small arms fire, successfully deployed his unit and pointed out enemy positions. Although he was painfully wounded in the ensuing action, Lieutenant Rodriguez courageously refused medical treatment and stayed with his men for approximately one hour, encouraging them and controlling their fire. Inspired by their leader's display of outstanding bravery, Company F increased the intensity of its attack, forcing the enemy to withdraw with heavy casualties. Lieutenant Rodriguez's gallant actions reflect great credit upon himself and exemplify the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 188 (13 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RODRIGUEZ, PEDRO
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pedro Rodriguez (RA6674697), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 24 March 1951, near Kopi-Dong, Korea, Sergeant Rodriguez, acting as platoon leader in the absence of a commissioned officer, was leading his unit to secure Hill 476, when the enemy opened fire from a well camouflaged machine gun nest. Although he did not know the exact location of the gun, Sergeant Rodriguez ordered one squad to fix bayonets and assault the general area from which the fire was coming. After the enemy weapon fired again, Sergeant Rodriguez charged the position, yelling and shooting his rifle demoralizing the enemy and causing him to flee in haste, taking his gun with him, but leaving ammunition and rations behind. The gallantry and extreme devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Rodriguez reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 196 (17 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)

RODRIGUEZ, PEDRO
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Pedro Rodriguez (RA6674697), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 31 March 1951, near Choksong-myon, Korea, Company F was attacking Hill 398, defended by a firmly entrenched enemy supported by mortars. At some distance from the top of the hill, the lead platoon was halted by intense machine gun fire and fragmentation grenades, suffering several casualties. When Sergeant Rodriguez received the order to move his platoon to assist the stalled unit, he ran forward and led his troops in a furious assault, causing the enemy to retreat hastily, thereby relieving the besieged lead platoon. Continuing his charge, Sergeant Rodriguez pursued the fleeing enemy and covered by friendly machine gun fire, he personally searched the area to rout any enemy troops which might have been left behind. The aggressive leadership and personal gallantry exhibited by Sergeant Rodriguez reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 261 (8 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star (Korea)

RODRIGUEZ-AMARO, VIDAL
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vidal Rodriguez-Amaro (0-12034123), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. In the early morning hours of 7 August 1952, Company I, of which Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro was a platoon leader, was assigned the mission of assaulting an enemy stronghold in the vicinity of Chu-dong, Korea. As the elements of the two friendly assault platoons approached their objective, they encountered the fierce small arms and automatic weapons fire of an enemy ambush, inflicting several casualties among them and forcing them to halt in their advance. Immediately and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro moved about the fire swept terrain shouting words of encouragement to his men, directing their fire and evacuating four wounded soldiers. Upon realizing that one of the assault platoons was disorganized, he quickly reorganized the men and led them in engaging the enemy. Employing grim determination and aggressive leadership, he boldly made a one man charge upon the foe, personally killing ten of them by subjecting them to a deadly hail of fire from his carbine and accurately hurling grenades among them. When an intense barrage of hostile mortar and artillery fire necessitated the withdrawal of the friendly unit, Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro, oblivious to the enemy fire, directed the withdrawal of his platoon and courageously assisted in evacuating another friendly casualty. Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro's extreme gallantry, intrepid actions, and inspirational leadership were responsible for inflicting numerous casualties among the enemy, allowed the friendly unit to elude the hostile ambush, and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 384 (30 December 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)

RODRIGUEZ-AMARO, VIDAL
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Vidal Rodriguez-Amaro (0-12034123), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the morning of 26 September 1952, a platoon of Company I, led by Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro, was assigned the mission of making contact with and locating enemy positions on a hill known as KELLY in the vicinity of Koyangdae, Korea. While leading his men to the crest of the hill, Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro sustained a serious leg wound when the friendly unit was subjected to intense hostile machine gun fire. Disregarding his painful wound and ignoring the heavy hostile fire, he ordered his men to fix bayonets and fearlessly continued in the attack. The foe immediately counteracted the bayonet charge by subjecting the friendly forces to an intense barrage of mortar and artillery fire. Realizing that it would be fatal to continue in the attack in the face of such devastating fire, Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro ordered his men to withdraw. Refusing medical aid and evacuation, he directed the withdrawal of his unit. Upon seeing a wounded soldier that was unable to participate in the retrograde, he selflessly and with complete disregard for his personal safety, carried the casualty through the shrapnel torn area towards a position of safety. During this act, he received additional wounds of a serious nature but again refused medical aid and evacuation until all friendly casualties had been removed to positions of safety. Lieutenant Rodriguez-Amaro's outstanding gallantry and inspirational leadership were highly instrumental in the unit successfully accomplishing its mission and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star (Korea)

RODRIGUEZ-BALINAS, ANTONIO
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Antonio Rodriguez-Balinas (0-1685780), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 23 April 1951, while occupying defensive positions on Hill 305, in the vicinity of Ognyo-bong, Korea, Company F was subjected to a furious attack by an estimated 300 enemy. During the ensuing attack, Lieutenant Rodriguez-Balinas, leader of the Second Platoon, continuously moved through withering hostile fire, encouraging and directing his men. Upon learning that the platoon's left flank was exposed, he personally went to the imperiled position to evaluate the situation and later returned with a squad to reinforce the weakened flank. Although the supply of ammunition was becoming critically low, he determinedly fought on until a re- supply of ammunition arrived. Lieutenant Rodriguez-Balinas's gallantry under fire inspired the members of his unit to contain the enemy attack and reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 278 (13 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)

RODRIGUEZ-BALINAS, ANTONIO
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Antonio Rodriguez-Balinas (0-1685780), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 23 December 1951, Company G, reinforced by the weapons platoon of Company F, attacked heavily fortified hostile positions on Hill 200, near Sangyon-Myon, Korea. Lieutenant Rodriguez-Balinas, platoon leader of the weapons platoon, attached himself to the assault platoon in order to direct close support fire from the mortars and 57 millimeter rifles of his platoon. After the supporting fire was lifted, he joined the assault platoon in its attack on the well entrenched enemy. Firing his carbine and throwing hand grenades, he effectively destroyed one hostile position. During the course of this vicious fighting, Lieutenant Rodriguez-Balinas lost his carbine but, armed with only two hand grenades, he undauntedly charged another position manned by an enemy machine gun crew. He fearlessly walked through the lethal hail of fire directly toward the hostile bunker, hurled his hand grenades and completely destroyed the position and its occupants. Although painfully wounded in this action, he refused evacuation until the last of the wounded men had been removed to safety. Lieutenant Rodriguez-Balinas' outstanding gallantry and inspirational leadership were instrumental in the success of the mission and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 197 (29 May 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico
Other Award: Silver Star (Korea)

RODRIGUEZ-FORTY, JUAN F.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Juan F. Rodriguez-Forty (US29129750), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 3 June 1951, Company C launched an attack on the enemy, holding Hill 466 near Sunbong-ni, Korea. From the advantageously located enemy positions on sheer rocky cliffs approaching the hill, the hostile troops brought the First Platoon under intense fire, slowing the advance. Private Rodriguez-Forty, to facilitate the attack and with complete disregard for his personal safety, climbed the cliffs in the face of hostile fire, pausing only to throw some of the enemy's own hand grenades back at them. Assisted by another enlisted man, he successfully charged and destroyed two enemy machine guns and killed the gunners. Private Rodriguez-Forty's gallantry and courage greatly aided the company in seizing its objective and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 546 (30 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RODRIGUEZ-MARTINEZ, ALFONSO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alfonso Rodriguez-Martinez (US50104347), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 11-12 December 1951, elements of Company E assaulting a well-entrenched foe on Hill 168 near Toyon-ni, Korea, were subjected to heavy hostile small arms and automatic weapons fire. Corporal Rodriguez-Martinez, a machine gunner, immediately selected a position from which he could deliver maximum fire into the enemy positions, and from this advantageous but exposed location, he laid down such an effective volume of fire that his comrades were able to continue their advance. Later during the engagement, due to the enemy's numerical superiority, the friendly forces were ordered to withdraw. Choosing to remain in his position, Corporal Rodriguez-Martinez continued to fire this weapon with devastating results, forcing the enemy to concentrate all their fire power upon him. With such a lethal hail of fire directed at him, he was struck and mortally wounded. His courage and determination were instrumental in the safe withdrawal of his platoon and undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades. Corporal Rodriguez-Martinez's selfless gallantry reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 93 (5 March 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RODRIGUEZ-PACHECO, RAFAEL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rafael Rodriguez-Pacheco (RA30431299), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 21 February 1951, Corporal Rodriguez-Pacheco was attached to a platoon which came under heavy enemy fire near the Han River, Korea. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he exposed himself to the heavy enemy fire to go from man to man giving first aid. Corporal Rodriguez-Pacheco was wounded in the right arm but refused to stop and have his wound dressed until he had given first aid to all the others. The gallantry and devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Rodriguez-Pacheco reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 166 (29 April 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RODRIGUEZ-RODRIGUEZ, GUILLERMO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Guillermo Rodriguez-Rodriguez (US50113919), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 23 February 1953, a patrol of Company C, of which Corporal Rodriguez-Rodriguez was a member, was assigned the mission of destroying an enemy patrol in the vicinity of Chich-on, Korea, and to capture prisoners for intelligence purposes. When the patrol was ambushed by a hostile force, the patrol leader was seriously wounded in the initial burst of fire and lay within yards of the enemy positions. After the friendly elements withdrew from the engagement to reorganize, Corporal Rodriguez-Rodriguez crawled back into the intense hail of fire to locate the patrol leader and evacuate him to safety. The corporal was subjected to a barrage of enemy grenades and small arms fire as he worked his way forward, accompanied by a fellow soldier, searching for the wounded officer. The intense enemy fire continued as he slowly moved back to the friendly elements, tediously crawling and dragging the patrol leader to safety. Corporal Rodriguez- Rodriguez' outstanding gallantry, initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 143 (23 May 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

RODRIGUEZ-SEPULVEDA, DARIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dario Rodriguez-Sepulveda (US50110568), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the morning of 19 September 1952, Sergeant First Class (then Private First Class) Rodriguez-Sepulveda, a squad leader of Company F, volunteered to return to positions which the company had occupied on Kelly Hill, in the vicinity of Koyuandoc, Korea, and search for wounded friendly soldiers. Knowing the hill was occupied by hostile forces, he nevertheless advanced over the open terrain and infiltrated the enemy trenches. His search revealed a seriously wounded sergeant. The sergeant informed Sergeant Rodriguez-Sepulveda to leave the hill as the enemy had placed a mine beneath him and to move him would mean death. Using extreme caution, he skillfully removed the wounded man from the mine. Exposed to enemy fire, he again moved over the open terrain and brought the wounded man to the safety of friendly lines. Sergeant Rodriguez-Sepulveda's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 222 (3 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ROMAN-LUGO, OSCAR
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oscar Roman-Lugo (US50114547), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 23 February 1953, a patrol of Company C, of which Private Roman-Lugo was a member, was assigned the mission of destroying an enemy patrol in the vicinity of Chich-on, Korea, and to capture prisoners for intelligence purposes. When the patrol was ambushed by a hostile force, the patrol leader was seriously wounded in the initial burst of fire and lay within yards of the enemy position. After the friendly elements withdrew from the engagement to reorganize, Private Roman-Lugo volunteered to accompany another member of the patrol to search for the wounded officer. He was subjected to intense hostile fire, but continued in the search until the wounded officer was located. Private Roman-Lugo then assisted the other volunteer in dragging him back through the enemy fire to safety. Private Roman-Lugos' outstanding gallantry, initiative and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 144 (23 May 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

*ROMAN-REICHARD, DONATO
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Donato Roman-Reichard (RA10405488), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 31 March 1951, during an assault on Hill 398, the lead platoon of Company B was pinned down by heavy hostile automatic weapons fire. A second platoon was ordered to advance in an effort to relieve the besieged unit and support it in its attack. In the ensuing action, Sergeant Roman-Reichard, rushed in front of his squad, through an area blanketed with small arms fire and bursting grenades, to lead the unit in a charge which routed the enemy from his positions and caused him to flee in complete disorder. Sergeant Roman- Reichard's inspiring leadership greatly contributed to the spirited assault of his company and his gallantry reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 360- 15 August 1951
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ROSA, ARMANDO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Armando Rosa (RA10400052), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 April 1951, Company B, to which Corporal Rosa was attached, had the mission of delaying the enemy by occupying a blocking position on Hill 476 near Uijongbu, Korea. After being harassed through the night the unit was heavily attacked by a reinforced enemy which succeeded in surrounding the valiant company. Corporal Rosa voluntarily and single-handedly attempting to create a break in the encirclement, rose from his automatic weapon's emplacement and supporting the machine gun against his hip moved out into the open area, firing round after round into the nearby hostile positions. He succeeded in keeping the enemy troops pinned down in the entrenchment's rendering them ineffective to prevent the company from withdrawing to a more tenable defense line. Corporal Rosa's gallantry and inspiring bravery reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 360 (15 August 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ROSA-CLAUDIO, TOMAS
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tomas Rosa-Claudio (ER30443526), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 31 March 1951, Company F was attacking enemy positions on Hill 398 in the vicinity of Choksong-myon, Korea. As scout of the lead platoon, Private Rosa-Claudio was in front of the advance assault elements. In crossing an open area, he found himself being subjected to severe mortar fire and hand grenades which the enemy was directing toward his unit as it moved up the hill. Private Rosa-Claudio, seeing that the barrage of grenades was causing casualties among his platoon, deliberately advanced toward the concealed foe and engaged him with small arms fire at close range. With great risk to his own life, he secured a position, despite the pressure of enemy fire, and held it, until a second platoon assaulted and drove the enemy before them. Private Rosa-Claudio's inspiring example of bravery and gallant action reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 214 (22 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ROSARIO-LORENZANA, JOSE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose Rosario-Lorenzana (0-2263390), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 30 September 1951, L Company's First Platoon was given the mission to capture and hold Hill 77, near Packsonk-tong, Korea. After informing his unit as to the plan of attack, Lieutenant Rosario-Lorenzana led the platoon forward until it had come within 30 yards of the enemy positions, at which time the desperately resisting enemy sufficiently increased their firepower to pin the unit down. Well aware of the acute danger of this immobile position, Lieutenant Rosario-Lorenzana unhesitatingly crawled aggressively forward and hurled grenades into the hostile entrenchments. His devastating barrage broke the hostile resistance and the enemy soldiers fled from their positions abandoning all equipment, thus permitting the platoon to take its objective. The dauntless courage and bold gallantry exhibited by Lieutenant Rosario-Lorenzana on this occasion reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 545 (30 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ROSS, FRANK M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frank M. Ross (RA13441717), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in action near No-Jonp-Yong, Korea, on 27 February 1953. During a murderous fanatical enemy assault of company size strength upon friendly positions, Corporal (then Private First Class) Ross called in supporting mortar fire within yards of his own position with such skill and precision that the enemy temporarily withdrew to regroup. During a second assault, Corporal Ross, with complete disregard for his own safety, rallied his comrades and personally lead the counterattack with fixed bayonets, hurling hand grenades as they advanced and engaged the enemy in hand to hand combat, inflicting heavy casualties. As the fighting raged among the trenches, Corporal Ross regrouped his men and withdrew to the command post bunker, continuing to fight from this advantageous position, and at the same time directing mortar fire upon friendly trenches containing enemy forces. At one critical point in the two and one half hour skirmish, the calm demeanor, tenacity and aggressive actions of Corporal Ross were an inspiration to his comrades, causing them to repel the enemy without hesitation and were instrumental in the valiant defense of the tactical position. When the enemy finally withdrew, after suffering heavy casualties and loss of equipment, Corporal Ross led a pursuit party inflicting casualties upon the fleeing enemy. The exceptional courage, heroic actions and unstinting devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Ross reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.

RUSH, RAYMOND J., JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond J. Rush, Jr. (0-1286897), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding Company B. 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 September 1951, Company B, occupying defensive positions on Hill 246 near Pangsok-tong, Korea, was fiercely attacked and overrun by an estimated 300 enemy troops. As elements of the company began to fall back, Captain Rush, Company Commander, left the comparative safety of his foxhole and, shouting encouragement and firing his weapon into the assaulting enemy, inspired the men to turn and resist the foe. Although wounded by an enemy grenade, he refused medical attention and continued to move among his soldiers, his confident manner and vigorous exhortations instilling in them a will to fight. The gallant leadership and personal courage displayed by Captain Rush were instrumental in repulsing the hostile attack and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 534 (24 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  Ohio

RUTLEDGE, CHARLES M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles M. Rutledge (RA16327641), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 6 September 1952, Sergeant Rutledge's unit was attempting to reoccupy positions which the enemy had overrun near Sateo-ri, Korea. Having volunteered to participate in an assault against the well entrenched enemy force, Sergeant Rutledge advanced with his comrades until intense enemy mortar, grenade and small arms fire broke the attack and divided the assaulting force. Several patrol members were wounded including Sergeant Rutledge. Disregarding his painful wounds, Sergeant Rutledge reorganized the men in his vicinity and led them toward the point where the platoon leader and another man were pinned down. Standing fully exposed to the enemy, he killed one enemy soldier who was about to throw a grenade. Another enemy soldier appeared and Sergeant Rutledge, again exposing himself, killed him also. As the ferocity of the enemy fire increased, the friendly force was slowly driven back. Sergeant Rutledge regrouped his men and led an aggressive counterattack. While leading this heroic assault he received serious injuries which forced his evacuation. Sergeant Rutledge killed two enemy soldiers and, by his courageous actions, enabled his unit to continue the attack against the enemy. His inspirational leadership, tactical skill, and determined devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Home Of Record:  Illinois

SANDERS, ROBERT C.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert C. Sanders (0-59272), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader of Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 April 1951, near Uijongbu, Korea, a furious bayonet charge opened a gap in the enemy troops which had surrounded Company B, on Hill 476. When Lieutenant Sanders was ordered to move his platoon through the breach in the enemy lines, he directed his platoon sergeant to lead the unit, while he remained behind to cover the withdrawal. After his troops had made their way out of the encirclement, Lieutenant Sanders, under vicious enemy fire, began to follow the route of withdrawal, when he discovered a seriously wounded soldier who could not walk. Unable to obtain a litter, Lieutenant Sanders lifted the man and carried him through the embattled area to where first aid could be administered. The gallantry and selfless concern for the safety of a fellow soldier displayed by Lieutenant Sanders reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 273 (11 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  South Carolina

SANTANA-CAMACHO, PEDRO A.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pedro A. Santana-Camacho (US50106679), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early evening of 14 February 1953, a friendly truck was struck by an enemy mortar round while proceeding up a road directly behind the Company F sector of the main line of resistance in the vicinity of Songdong-ni, Korea. The two men riding in the truck were critically wounded as a result of receiving the direct hit. Having observed the entire incident, Private Santana-Camacho, a medical aid man of Company F, left the comparative safety of his bunker, and set out for the wounded men in a litter truck. After stopping several times to avoid being hit by enemy fire, he succeeded in reaching the wounded men and began to administer first aid to them. He then placed the men on litters and put them into the truck. The increasing mortar fire forced him to place the truck under cover. Realizing that the delay in evacuating the men to the rear placed their lives in further jeopardy, he braved the hail of fire and started down the road leading to the 2d Battalion Aid Station. He arrived safely there and delivered the casualties to the surgeon. As a result of his actions, the lives of two critically wounded men were saved. Private Santana-Camacho's outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 197 (19 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

SANTIAGO-RODRIGUEZ, ARCADIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arcadio Santiago-Rodriguez (ER30432991), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 April 1951, near Hongbok, Korea, while approaching through a pass, a reinforced enemy battalion was fired on by the 3d Platoon, Company K, which had taken a blocking position astride the pass. When his squad leader was mortally wounded, Private Santiago-Rodriguez voluntarily assumed command of the squad. Receiving orders to withdraw he organized the squad and led it to more tenable positions. During a later assault to drive the enemy from the ridge, Private Santiago-Rodriguez volunteered to carry a wounded comrade to safety. Suddenly encountering five enemy soldiers, he placed his wounded comrade on the ground, and opened fire on the enemy, After killing four hostile troops, he captured the fifth and forced him to evacuate the wounded man to the battalion aid station. The gallantry and initiative displayed by Private Santiago-Rodriguez reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 188 (13 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

SANTIAGO-ROQUE, RAMON
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ramon Santiago-Roque (RA30423607), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 21 February 1951, the 3d Platoon of Company L was gathering river crossing data along the Han River in Korea, when it came under incessant fire from a well dug-in enemy force on the other side of the river. When the platoon leader and five other members of the platoon were killed and the remainder of the men pinned down, Sergeant Santiago-Roque took command of the platoon. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he ran from man to man directing fire and reorganizing the platoon. When an order to evacuate the wounded and withdraw from the area was given, Sergeant Santiago-Roque braved the heavy fire to inform each man. Four times he exposed himself upon the barren slope approaching the bank of the river in order to evacuate the wounded. The gallantry and devotion to duty displayed by Sergeant Santiago-Roque reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 114 -23 April 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

SANTOS, ANTONIO
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Antonio Santos (RA10401718), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division. United States Army. On 22 December 1950, near Tong-ni, Korea, Corporal Santos. a machine gunner on the Hungnam defense perimeter, opened fire on a company size, enemy column when it was approximately one-hundred yards from his position. The enemy concentrated their fire on his position firing mortars, automatic weapons, and small arms. While engaged in the fire fight Corporal Santos' machine gun failed, and he, with utter disregard for his personal safety, remained, calmly repaired the gun, and continued carrying out his duties in an outstanding manner. When enemy mortar fire forced him to quit his position, he moved the machine gun into the open field and carried on his mission. Due to Corporal Santos' heroic actions, the enemy was forced to withdraw leaving behind many casualties. Corporal Santos' intrepid heroism on this occasion is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 12 (20 January 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

SCARPATO, PATSY J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patsy J. Scarpato (0-1935200), Second Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 14 June and during the early morning hours of 15 June 1953, Company E made a raid on an enemy outpost in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. As the force approached the objective, intense enemy shelling and small arms fire inflicted many friendly casualties. Lieutenant Scarpato, a platoon leader, immediately rushed forward, offering encouragement, organizing his men and urging them to fight aggressively despite all resistance. Twice, in the assault, he was knocked to the ground from the concussion of enemy grenades. Nevertheless, he continued to lead his men in the advance. When the order came to return to friendly lines, with complete disregard for his personal safety, he advanced to within close proximity of enemy strongholds to evacuate a wounded comrade. Although weakened by his wounds and exhausted from the battle, he carried the wounded man to the comparative safety of the friendly lines. Lieutenant Scarpato's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 338 (15 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  New York

SEATVET, LLOYD D.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lloyd D. Seatvet (0-2028518), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in action near Sat'ae-ri Korea on 3 December 1952. Lieutenant Seatvet led a ten man patrol into enemy territory charged with the mission of contacting and capturing the enemy. After the patrol had advanced 300 yards, it was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force. In the ensuing fire fight, one of the members of Lieutenant Seatvet's patrol was seriously wounded. Lieutenant Seatvet immediately deployed the remainder of the patrol, and then exposing himself to the enemy fire courageously went to the wounded man to ascertain the extent of his injuries. Finding the man seriously wounded, Lieutenant Seatvet supervised the evacuation of the man to a more protected position. In the operation Lieutenant Seatvet was wounded in the head and leg by enemy fire. When a runner, who was sent to the main line of resistance to guide a support unit to the scene of the action was wounded, Lieutenant Seatvet, completely disregarding his painful wounds, and under heavy artillery and mortar fire, returned to the friendly lines to guide the support unit to the patrols position Lieutenant Seatvet's superior actions, outstanding qualities of leadership, and inspiring gallantry were instrumental in saving many lives and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Home Of Record:  Ohio

SELLS, KENNETH W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth W. Sells (ER19242255), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action near Na'san, Korea, on 20 May 1951. Private Sells' company, pinned down by enemy mortar and automatic weapons fire, was launching a strong counterattack when the enemy showered the company's position with concussion and fragmentation grenades. Private Sells, providing flank security for a machine gun, observed a grenade thrown within destructible range of the emplacement and near his position. In picking up the grenade and (remainder of citation missing).
Department of the Army, General Orders No. 85 (September 25, 1951)

SHIFLETT, JAMES O.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James O. Shiflett (RA13386439), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 24 May and during the early morning hours of 25 May 1953, a friendly patrol of Company K was assigned the mission of ambushing the enemy in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea. They reached the predetermined location for the ambush and immediately set up their formation. When the enemy was sighted and a fire fight ensued, Corporal Shiflett demonstrated outstanding determination and courage. As he was moving under intense hostile small arms and grenade fire, the patrol leader pointed out to him six enemy soldiers who were advancing towards him. Stopping momentarily, he accurately fired his automatic rifle against them. After this action, he continued his route towards a new position. There he found one of his comrades seriously wounded. The enemy started advancing, as he aided the man. Operating both his and his comrade's weapons Corporal Shiflett's accurate fire was instrumental in stopping the movements of the enemy. Taking advantage of the momentary cessation of movement, he fire swept the area which the friendly unit had selected for their defensive perimeter and then covered the friendly maneuver to the area. His actions contributed materially to repulsing the enemy attack. Corporal Shiflett's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 211 (28 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Virginia

*SIERRA, PABLO
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Pablo Sierra (US51062889), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 30 September 1951, Company I, engaged in an attack on a well-fortified hill near Chorwon, Korea, was subjected to intense fire from the entrenched enemy. Realizing that the hill could only be taken with bayonet and grenade as friendly mortar and artillery fire had failed to dislodge the hostile troops, Sergeant Sierra led his squad in an assault on the first pillbox. Although several of his men were felled by the hail of fire, he continued to fearlessly advance and destroy the occupants of the emplacement with hand grenades. Inspired by his example, the attack gained momentum and the hostile defense was broken. Fearlessly exposing himself, Sergeant Sierra mounted a machine gun on the crest of the hill and delivered a lethal fire into the retreating foe; however, while so engaged, he was mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire. The singular gallantry and courage displayed by Sergeant Sierra reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the high traditions of the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 536 (24 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  New York

SIMS, JAMES M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James M. Sims (RA10104906), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 10 June 1953, Company F commenced to attack enemy held Hill 412 in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. An eleven man assault team was the first unit to leave the line of departure shortly afterwards, the support element, commanded by Sergeant Sims, moved along the eastern ridge to a predetermined position where they set up in support of the assault group. When the platoon leader in charge of the initial assault unit was wounded, Sergeant Sims, without regard for his personal safety, armed himself with grenades and moved over the crest of the hill to locate the source of the enemy fire. Finding the enemy in entrenched positions a short distance down the reverse slope, he started the rush towards them. He reached a point within yards of the enemy before he threw his grenades. His courageous action resulted in neutralizing the position, mortally wounding many of the enemy and rendering others as casualties. With the enemy's fire reduced, he was then able to reorganize the assault squad in an orderly fashion. Sergeant Sims' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 276 (26 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Hawaii

SINCLAIR, HOWARD B.
(First Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Howard B. Sinclair (0-22017), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 21 November 1950, in the vicinity of Halmjong, Korea, Company B was probing the enemy when attacked by two to three hundred enemy troops. During the attack many difficulties accrued, and Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair personally proceeded to the isolated company in order to determine the extent of the difficulties. With utter disregard for his own safety, he placed himself in a forward position under intense small arms fire and observed the surrounding conditions. Then he quickly reorganized the company which enabled another attack by the enemy to be repulsed. Lieutenant Colonel St. Clair's outstanding devotion to duty, leadership, and courage were inspiring to his command. His gallantry under fire exemplifies the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 16 (24 January 1951)
Home Of Record:  West Virginia
Other Award: Silver Star w/OLC (Korea)

SINCLAIR, HOWARD B.
(Second Award)
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting an Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Silver Star Medal to Howard B. Sinclair (0-22017), Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 25 April 1951, the first of a 3-day enemy counteroffensive, the 1st Battalion was attacked from the rear by a large hostile force, near Uijonbu, Korea, which had infiltrated the reserve company's position under cover of a dense fog and then attempted to crash through the battalion perimeter. Personally organizing the support company, Colonel St. Clair crossed bullet-swept terrain many times to do so and then, aware that the continuing enemy pressure made a withdrawal expedient, he directed effective covering fire, under the protection of which the battalion fell back to a previously designated blocking position. In this location, the unit was again struck by the pursuing enemy forces and in order to direct a successful defense, Colonel St. Clair repeatedly moved about on an exposed ridge, kept under fire by 5 hostile machineguns, to observe the action and control the counter fire. After fighting a fierce engagement, the battalion, skillfully led by Colonel St. Clair, once more necessarily withdrew to a new line of defense. Here again sustaining a hostile attack of regimental strength, the unit held off and threw back the assault with staggering losses as Colonel St. Clair moved fearlessly about the embattled perimeter urging his battle weary troops to stand firm. The personal gallantry and brilliant application of fire and maneuver reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 512 (14 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  West Virginia
Other Award: Silver Star (Korea)

SLAYSMAN, EDWIN L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edwin L. Slaysman (RA13418700), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 10 June 1953, Company F began to attack enemy held Hill 412 in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. When the assault team attempted to rush positions on the reverse slope, they were momentarily halted by intense enemy artillery and mortar fire. Two squads from the support platoon, one of which was under command of Corporal Slaysman, were quickly ordered into the conflict. When the patrol leader called for volunteers heavily armed with grenades to lead a renewed assault, Corporal Slaysman immediately volunteered as a member. Forming a skirmish line, they began to advance towards the crest of the hill. Upon reaching the skyline, Corporal Slaysman started hurling grenades at the entrenched enemy, who were but a short distance away. He then proceeded to move down the reverse slope when suddenly a concussion shell exploded, enveloping part of the assault team. Although stunned by the air burst, he continued to move forward until he reached a point directly in front of an enemy position. There, he threw his remaining grenades, mortally wounding three of the enemy and rendering two others as casualties. His actions were instrumental in routing the enemy from their entrenched positions. Corporal Slaysman's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty-reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 316 (5 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  Delaware

SLOANE, CHARLES R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Sloane (US52176316), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 6 July 1953, Company K commenced to attack enemy held Hill 250 in the vicinity of Honu- Chon, Korea. The attacking force moved over the first sector of the hill without incident, but as they entered the second sector known as Mak, the unit came under automatic weapons fire from an enemy listening post. Sergeant Sloane, assistant platoon sergeant, immediately directed rapid and effective carbine fire on the position. His accurate fire quickly neutralized the position. He then began moving among his men, directing their fire, deploying them to the most effective positions, and urging them on to the attack. Nearing the crest of Mak, the assault squads were fired upon from a large machine gun bunker. Sergeant Sloane, with complete disregard for his personal safety, began to rush the enemy position. In the ensuing action, he succeeded, along with another member of the patrol, in climbing to the roof of the bunker. He then hurled two grenades into the aperture. As he threw his last grenade, an incoming enemy artillery round critically wounded him. His courageous actions resulted in the complete destruction of the enemy fortification. Sergeant Sloane's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 361 (27 August 1953)
Home Of Record:  Ohio

STEELE, LEON W.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leon W. Steele (RA12290526), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 16 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Sergeant First Class (then Sergeant) Steele was platoon sergeant of a combat patrol advancing to Hill 326, a contested position near enemy lines. Reaching the crest of the hill, Sergeant Steele immediately deployed his men in an effective defense perimeter. He soon observed an enemy force approaching the position and, alerting his men, aggressively led the patrol in the ensuing fire fight. After repelling the attack, the unit moved back approximately thirty yards to more advantageous positions. Learning that two comrades were missing, Sergeant Steele courageously ran back to the previous location through heavy enemy mortar and artillery fire to evacuate them. Ring with the men, he was informed that the platoon leader had been mortally wounded and, after receiving the order to return, he safely guided the patrol back to the main line of resistance. Sergeant Steele's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 481 (16 November 1953)
Home Of Record:  New York

STEPHAN, RICHARD E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard E. Stephan (US52175421), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 11 June 1953, Company B was assaulted by a reinforced hostile company under the blanketing support of enemy mortar and artillery fire in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea. Although the Company B recoilless rifle section, of which Sergeant Stephan was loader, was not engaged in the action, he volunteered his assistance in the intense hand to hand combat raging in the trenches. Granted permission, he immediately left the command post and situated himself in an advantageous firing position, while under continual enemy fire, and returned effective, accurate automatic rifle fire, accounting for numerous enemy casualties. Whit the slackening of the enemy attack and remnants of the opposition withdrawing, Sergeant Stephan promptly aided in the evacuation of friendly wounded to the nearby aid stations. A check of personnel after the fire fight revealed the absence of a wounded platoon leader who had been seized by the retreating enemy force. With complete disregard of his personal safety, he again volunteered to move out into the shell torn area forward of friendly lines, encountering heavy enemy small arms and automatic weapon fire. Upon arriving at a barbed wire entanglement, he discovered the body of the platoon leader. A litter was dispatched and he closed the friendly line assisting his comrades in returning their mortally wounded leader. Sergeant Stephan's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 245 (11 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Ohio

STERNBURG, HARRY J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry J. Sternburg (0-57209), First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Heavy Mortar Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 19 February 1951, near Kodong-ni, Korea, Lieutenant Sternburg was forward observer in support of a company which was attacking Hill 88. The leading platoon was pinned down by a murderous hail of fire from a pillbox. Being unable to direct mortar fire on the pillbox because of the proximity of friendly troops, Lieutenant Sternburg, with complete disregard for his own personal safety and while under intense small arms, mortar, and artillery fire, crawled to a point within thirty yards of the pillbox and threw hand grenades into the enemy positions. Having failed to knock out the pillbox, Lieutenant Sternburg crawled to the rear, re-supplied himself with grenades, and again returned to hurl them into the pillbox until it had been completely neutralized. The inspiring actions of Lieutenant Sternburg resulted in the success of the assault on the hill, and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 67 (12 March 1951)
Home Of Record:  South Dakota

TANNER, JAMES K.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James K. Tanner (RA14459432), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman attached to Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 10 June and during the early morning hours of 11 June 1953, Private Tanner was with Company F in an attack on Hill 412 in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. While under constant enemy fire, he administered aid to the wounded and Prepared them for evacuation. During the battle, he went to the aid of a friendly Korean soldier lying wounded in a cave subjected to intense sniper fire. Still under enemy fire, he carried the wounded man to a relatively sheltered position and with the aid of a litter bearer prepared to evacuate him. When the litter bearer was wounded, Private Tanner remained with both men to administer first aid until further assistance could be brought from the line. With the coming of darkness, the area became the target of friendly and enemy fire. Throughout the night, fire raked the position in increasing intensity and his position was under the observation of a hostile machine gun crew which had set up its weapon directly above him on the ridge. Prior to dawn, the Korean soldier died despite Private Tanner's efforts. With the coming of dawn, he dragged the wounded man toward friendly lines for approximately 1000 yards until, completely exhausted, he had to go on alone to secure aid. He then returned and directed the evacuation for the remaining distance, resting only when assured the wounded man was readied for removal to the hospital. Private Tanner's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 231 (6 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Georgia

TATOR, MARSHALL B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marshall B. Tator (0-1290333), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader of Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 23 March 1951, the 3d Platoon of Company I, under Lieutenant Tator's command, attacked the left flank of a ridge overlooking the town of Uijongbu, Korea. Placing himself within range of the enemy fire, Lieutenant Tator pointed out targets and assisted in directing automatic weapons fire on the foe's entrenched positions. During the final phase of the attack, he aggressively rallied his troops and supporting weapons into such an overwhelming force that the enemy was severely beaten and withdrew in disorder. Lieutenant Tator's exceptional gallantry and outstanding leadership reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 261 (8 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Minnesota

*THERKELSEN, DONALD A.
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Donald A. Therkelsen (US55238398), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman attached to Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the morning and afternoon of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Company B assaulted enemy held Hill 433 and, in the ensuing firefight, sustained many casualties. Observing the wounded attackers lying exposed to the enemy fire, Private Therkelsen courageously moved from casualty to casualty, administering medical aid and removing them to sheltered positions. He repeatedly returned to aid the wounded men, despite the intense enemy fire, and was greatly responsible for saving the lives of several United Nations personnel. Private Therkelsen was last seen valiantly advancing into an area under heavy enemy bombardment in an attempt to assist a wounded comrade. Private Therkelsen's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 1 (1 Jan 1954)
Home Of Record:  Illinois

TORRES, ANGEL L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Angel L. Torres (0-968116), Captain (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while Commanding Company B, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 11 June 1953, Company B was subjected to a heavy barrage of enemy artillery and mortar fire prior to a reinforced company raid on friendly positions in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea. With word of enemy contact with the forward elements of the second platoon, Captain Torres, Company Commander, immediately proceeded to the entrenched positions where he could better direct and observe defensive operations. Upon arriving, he assumed complete command of the situation, effecting intense and successful counter fire measures. Moving among the widely dispersed fortifications, he instilled a high degree of confidence in the men with his words of encouragement, tactical directions and notably active participation in the fierce fire fight. Never once seeking the safety of shelter, he organized a searching patrol to recover and assist friendly casualties in their removal to rear areas. Captain Torres, with complete disregard for his personal safety, led his small band of volunteers into the rain of enemy artillery and mortar fire and successfully evacuated friendly casualties in addition to collecting valuable intelligence data. Captain Torres' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 277 (26 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

TOTUS, RAYMOND
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond Totus (US56118384), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the early morning of 6 July 1953, Company K commenced to attack enemy held Hill 250 in the vicinity of Honu-Chon, Korea. Corporal Totus quickly set up his machine gun in support of the assault team which was a few yards away from his position. In the ensuing action, he was wounded by grenade fragments. Despite his wounds, he directed his assistant gunner to move the gun to where its fire could cover the advance of the assault force most effectively. Again, he was wounded by the explosion of a nearby concussion grenade, but he continued to fire his weapon. When the order was given to return to friendly lines, Corporal Totus supported a wounded comrade to the evacuation point. He then helped carry a litter into the aid station. Upon arriving at the station, Corporal Totus collapsed from the loss of blood. His courageous actions resulted in saving the live of a critically wounded comrade and furnishing the close support for the assault force. Corporal Totus' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 363- August 28, 1953
Home Of Record:  Oregon

TRIANTAFEL, STEVE G.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Steve G. Triantafel (US55062314), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. Corporal Triantafel distinguished himself by courageous action near Chipsil-li, Korea, on 14 October 1951. His company had the mission of taking and securing part of Objective D, a very steep and rough mountainous terrain feature. The leading element had begun the assault when the support platoon was committed and started to cross a waist-deep river at the base of the objective. The enemy suddenly placed the wading troops under murderous machine gun, small arms and mortar fire. One man was wounded while crossing, but continued to advance until he was again wounded and fell helplessly in the water. With complete disregard for his own safety, Corporal Triantafel made his way through the intense enemy fire to the soldier, and after a struggle with the swift current, saved the man from drowning and pulled him to safety. Later the company moved from one part of the objective to another to prepare positions for the night, but left the wounded to be evacuated and needed someone to go down and bring up the medical aidmen and litter bearers. Corporal Triantafel volunteered and returned with the aidmen, remaining to assist in evacuating the wounded over the rough terrain. A group of enemy troops in an unobserved bunker unexpectedly placed the men under concentrated small arms and automatic weapons fire. Instructing his comrades to take cover, Corporal Triantafel charged a key enemy emplacement and, killing four hostile soldiers with grenades and rifle fire, provided covering fire while his comrades withdrew and then rejoined them. Corporal Trantafel's courageous action, aggressive initiative and selfless devotion to his comrades reflect the highest credit on himself and the United States Infantry.
Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division, G.O. 27 (January 13, 1952)
Home Of Record:  Chicago, Illinois

VASQUEZ, NOEL
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Noel Vasquez (RA29160297), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 9 June 1953, a daylight combat patrol left the main line of resistance assigned the mission of assaulting Hill 412 in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. Sergeant Vasquez was assistant patrol leader of the forward assault element that closed with the enemy, inflicting numerous casualties on the foe. When the patrol entered the trenches of the enemy stronghold, he exposed himself to intense fire to reach the mouth of a cave and destroy it with hand grenades. On one occasion, he saw two of the enemy approaching his patrol leader and immediately he mortally wounded the foe. Firing his weapon, although wounded by fragments from a hand grenade, Sergeant Vasquez continued firing his weapon until his ammunition was expended. He then directed the effective fire of other members of the patrol. Sergeant Vasquez' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 229 (6 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

VEGA-VEGA, MONSERRATE
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Monserrate Vega-Vega (ER30430717), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 3 June 1951, near Sunbong-ni, Korea, Company C was given the mission of attacking Hill 466, the approaches to which were commanded by a group of enemy entrenched on high, rocky peaks. As the Third Platoon, moved in to assault one of these strong points after another platoon had been repulsed with casualties, Private Vega- Vega, a scout of the Third Platoon, accompanied by a comrade, climbed up the face of the sheer cliffs as hand grenades were showered down by the enemy from above. Pausing only to throw the grenades back over the peak, Private Vega-Vega proceeded forward, destroying two enemy machine gun positions and their four operators with grenades. After he had removed the foe from their vital positions, the company succeeded in seizing its objective. Private Vega-Vega's courageous gallantry reflects high credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 21 (11 January 1952)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

VERA, JOSE, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose Vera, Jr. (0-1684927), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 6 December 1950, at Majon-dong, Korea, while Lieutenant Vera was in command of a machine gun and recoilless rifle section covering the withdrawal of the FIRST Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir area, numerically superior enemy forces infiltrated to within a few yards of his machine gun positions during the hours of darkness and attacked at dawn. Heedless of the intense fire, noise and confusion, Lieutenant Vera abandoned the shelter of his command post to direct and personally coordinate the defense of his positions, moving quickly and continuously among his men, encouraging and directing their actions. When one of his machine guns ceased to fire, Lieutenant Vera, realizing that he had to prevent the gun from being captured, moved fearlessly through heavy enemy fire to the machine gun emplacement, where he found that the gunner had been wounded and the machine gun had jammed. Despite the fact that the enemy was only about 15 yards from the emplacement, he remained in the exposed position until he had the machine gun in action. From this position he forced the enemy troops to withdraw in haste, abandoning their equipment. By repulsing their attack, he prevented an encirclement of the rifle platoon. During the attack, when one of his men was mortally wounded, Lieutenant Vera's left the machine gun emplacement and brought the wounded man back to safety, where he administered first aid treatment. Lieutenant Vera's gallantry and aggressive leadership were an inspiring example to his men, and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 288 (17 July 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

VISCUSO, JOSEPH J.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph J. Viscuso (US51135707), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the afternoon of 10 June 1953, in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea, Company F, of which Corporal Viscuso was a member, had been assigned the mission of attacking enemy positions on Hill 412. When the company made contact with the enemy, Corporal Viscuso, as squad leader, led his men in an assault against the hostile force which were entrenched on the reverse slope of the hill. As they advanced, they were subjected to a hail of fire from the enemy and the order was given to return to friendly lines. Corporal Viscuso, however, observing on of his comrades fall wounded, with complete disregard for his personal well-being, braved intense automatic small arms and grenade fire to return his wounded comrade to comparative safety. As he approached the wounded soldier, he came under the fire of an enemy machine gun which was spraying the immediate area. Nevertheless, he successfully accomplished his mission. Corporal Viscuso's outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 280 (26 July 1953)
Home Of Record:  New Jersey

WEIDMANN, MAYNARD E.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maynard E. Weidmann (0-1540879), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader of Company K, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 27 April 1951, while acting as a blocking force near Hongbok, Korea, Company K was cut off from the battalion by a numerically superior enemy. Lieutenant Weidmann, First Platoon Leader, was given the mission of delivering a flank attack coordinated with a frontal assault by the remainder of the company. Ordering his men to fix bayonets Lieutenant Weidmann courageously led the attack. Inspired by his leadership, the platoon struck the enemy with such fierceness that the breakthrough was effected and the enemy routed. Having broken through the hostile encirclement, he returned to search the sector for wounded. The gallantry and aggressive leadership displayed by Lieutenant Weidmann reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 210 (21 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  Alabama

WELSH, JAMES B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James B. Welsh (0-1823674), First Lieutenant (Armor), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Tank Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 18 April 1951, near Yur-hyon, Korea, Lieutenant Welsh was on a mission to retrieve three disabled tanks. When the armored column reached the vicinity of those vehicles, it came under severe small arms and machine gun fire from enemy troops entrenched on ridges around the area. Completely disregarding his own safety, Lieutenant Welsh exposed himself to enemy fire by sitting on top of the tank's turret and firing the heavy machine gun to point out the foe's positions to his platoon. After being wounded when the overtaxed weapon exploded, he withdrew from the action to seek medical attention and then returned to his post, enabling one tank to be retrieved. During a second enemy assault on his unit, Lieutenant Welsh was again wounded as he fearlessly led the platoon in defense of its position. Seeing his commander wounded, the tank driver became confused and began to reverse the vehicle, backing his tank toward a bank with at least a ten foot drop. Though seriously wounded Lieutenant Welsh, by courageous determination, reached the driver and stopped him in time to avert the loss of the tank and its crew. The gallantry and bravery displayed by Lieutenant Welsh reflect great credit upon himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 202 (19 June 1951)
Home Of Record:  New Jersey

WERNER, HAROLD R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold R. Werner (RA12395872), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 16 May 1953, Company G, holding a defensive position on Outpost Harry, in the vicinity of Surang-ni, Korea, was subjected to an intense artillery and mortar shelling prior to a hostile attack. Private Werner, a machine gunner, occupied an exposed observation position which was under continual enemy fire and attack. Private Werner's emplacement was struck by an artillery shell, destroying the position but not harming him or the machine gun. Completely disregarding his personal safety, he positioned his weapon on top of the exposed trenches and continued firing and maintaining the security of his sector. Although wounded by the fragment of another enemy mortar shell, he remained at his post, effectively firing his weapon. His courageous actions contributed materially to repelling the enemy attack. Private Werner's outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 197 (19 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  New York

WHITE, DAVID L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. White (0-987493), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 160th Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division, in action near Sat'ae-Ri Korea on 3 November and 4 November 1952. During the hours of darkness Lieutenant White led an ambush patrol deep into enemy territory where they engaged the enemy. In the ensuing fire fight, Lieutenant White killed one enemy and the fire of his patrol drove back the remainder of the foe. Lieutenant White then set up a perimeter of defense and sent word back for a litter bearer to carry back the body of the enemy soldier. The enemy then opened up a devastating attack with artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Lieutenant White observed the enemy moving up on both sides of him and thus began to withdraw. Under Lieutenant White's calm, efficient and courageous supervision, the patrol moved back to the main line of resistance without a casualty. The alerting of the men on the main line of resistance saved many lives, as it eliminated the element of surprise from the vicious enemy attack. Lieutenant White then resumed leadership of his platoon and repelled the attack of a numerically superior and fanatical enemy force. During the action Lieutenant White was wounded in both legs and feet but fearlessly and with disregard for his own personal safety, refused to leave the line and though not being able to stand up, directed his men's fire and that of the mortars. Not until the attack ended and the wounded men of his platoon had been evacuated, did Lieutenant White agree to be carried to the aid station. Lieutenant White's inspiring leadership, courage and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Army.
Headquarters 40th Infantry Division General Orders No. 68 (February 22,1953)
Home Of Record:  Massachusetts

*WHITE, FRANK M. (POW)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Frank M. White (0-2033271), Captain (Corps of Engineers), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer, Company B, 2d Engineer Combat Battalion, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an enemy on 27 November 1950 in the vicinity of Kujang-dong, Korea. On the night of that date his company was on a hill forward of the other friendly forces with the mission of defending the hill against the enemy. Although one of his platoons was overrun and many killed by the superior numbers of enemy, he personally reestablished the line of defense, thus preventing the enemy from overrunning and overtaking a company to the rear. His inspiring leadership and fearless conduct under fire gave is men an example of courage that enabled them to repulse the fierce enemy attack for nearly seven hours until his company's ammunition supply was nearly exhausted. When this happened he successfully directed the withdrawal of his company to another defensive area. Here his unit acted as a rearguard for the successful withdrawal of the other unit. He organized his company and withdrew them through a virtual hail of enemy fire across the Chongchon River, where ice was frozen so hard that a path was broken with weapons, for the wounded men. The enemy followed and fired at the company across the river and almost five hundred yards from the river to the main supply route road. Later he waded the icy waters of the river to rescue two wounded men of his company. His gallantry reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the high traditions of the military service.
Home Of Record:  Colorado

WHITED, EDWARD W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward W. Whited (RA18408450), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the early morning of 16 May 1953, Sergeant Whited was a squad leader of Company G, which was occupying defensive positions on Outpost Harry, in the vicinity of Songnae-dong, Korea, The outpost was subjected to intense enemy artillery and mortar fire followed by a numerically superior hostile attack. During the height of the attack, Sergeant Whited exposed himself to the intense enemy fire to locate the main enemy force and direct his squad's fire on them. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he constantly moved through the open trenches to insure the proper deployment of his men and to offer encouragement to them. Sergeant Whited's continual alertness and capable leadership were largely responsible for the successful defense of his platoon's sector. Sergeant Whited's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 204 (24 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  Louisiana

WHITESIDE, HAROLD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold Whiteside (RA14461378), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 16 May 1953, Outpost Harry, in the vicinity of Songnae-dong, Korea, after being subjected to intense artillery and mortar fire, was attacked by a reinforced company strength hostile force. Private Whiteside was assistant squad leader when the squad's sector on the outpost came under enemy fire. In the ensuing action, the squad leader was mortally wounded by an incoming mortar round. Private Whiteside immediately took charge of the squad. Without regard for his personal safety, he continually moved from one exposed position to another, checking the security of his area. Although wounded, he refused to be evacuated until assured that his sector of responsibility was secure from the enemy probe. As a result of his inspirational actions, the members of his squad increased their determination and intensified their volume of accurate fire, which was a major contributing factor in the successful defense of the position. Private Whiteside's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 195 (19 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  North Carolina

WILLARD, BLAIR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Blair Willard (0-489064), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader of Company I, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, in action near Hwachon, Korea, on 5 June 1951. On this date, Lieutenant Willard was leading his platoon in an attack on a well- defended enemy hill when the commander of the company was wounded by enemy fire. Being the only remaining officer, Lieutenant Willard immediately assumed command and directed the company's actions against the enemy which had launched a powerful counterattack. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he continually exposed himself to the enemy small arms and mortar fire to move from position to position, commanding the actions of the defensive perimeter. The great personal example of Lieutenant Willard encouraged the men and enabled the unit to defend itself against repeated enemy attacks. The gallantry displayed by Lieutenant Willard reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 374 (August 1, 1951)
Home Of Record:  California

WOOD, FRED WEYMOUTH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred Weymouth Wood (0-955394), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On the night of 20 July 1952 a platoon of Company A was assigned the mission of making contact with the opposing forces in the vicinity of Chokko-ri, Korea. Constant enemy flares made the mission hazardous and the friendly unit was forced to advance slowly and with extreme caution. Lieutenant Wood was preceding his unit when the entire area was subjected to an intense enemy mortar barrage and the fierce fire of three hostile machine gun emplacements. Although sustaining a severe wound, he continued on the mission and established a perimeter of defense. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Lieutenant Wood repeatedly exposed himself to the lethal enemy fire as he assaulted hostile positions and shouted words of encouragement to his men, While leading a squad in destroying the nearest enemy machine gun emplacement he was mortally wounded. Lieutenant Wood's intrepid leadership and gallantry under enemy fire enabled the friendly force to successfully complete its mission with a minimum number of casualties and reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 351 (30 November 1952)
Home Of Record:  Maine

YACKER, EVERETT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Everett J. Yacker (0-59153), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader of Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the morning and afternoon of 30 January 1951, in the vicinity of Tolwol-Li, Korea, Lieutenant Yacker was a platoon leader with the mission of occupying commanding ground near enemy-held Hill 262. As Lieutenant Yacker led his men toward the objective, the platoon was subjected to sporadic small arms and automatic weapons fire which steadily increased in intensity. Courageously climbing the steep slope, the force then began receiving heavy enemy mortar fire concentrations and sustained many casualties. Disregarding the intense bombardment, Lieutenant Yacker immediately supervised the treatment of casualties and then, with a force of 10 men, continued the attack. As he moved up the hill, he called in accurate artillery fire on the enemy positions and skillfully led the remaining platoon members to the objective. Lieutenant Yacker's aggressive leadership and sound judgment in securing this vital position enabled his company to successfully flank, assault and overrun the strategically valuable Hill 262. Lieutenant Yacker's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 88 (5 June 1954)
Home Of Record:  Washington, D.C.

*YETSKO, CHARLES R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles R. Yetsko (US52219316), Private, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Medical Aidman attached to the 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 16 May 1953, a concentration of hostile mortar and artillery fire landed on a friendly ammunition supply point and adjacent bunker at the base of Outpost Harry, in the vicinity of Songnae-dong, Korea. Several men, who were in the area, became casualties from the shell bursts. Private Yetsko, a medical aid man, voluntarily moved from his position on the main line of resistance through the intense shelling to give aid and evacuate these men. He returned twice to bring the wounded men to the comparative safety of the friendly lines. In an effort to speed up the evacuation of the remaining casualties, he drove a litter truck to the shelled area. While he was preparing a casualty to be placed in the truck, a mortar round came in. Private Yetsco immediately threw himself on the man in an effort to protect him from further injury. As a result of this courageous act, private Yetsco was mortally wounded by the impact of the exploding round. Private Yetsco's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 179 (11 June 1953)
Home Of Record:  Maryland

YEUST, CARL
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl Yeust (US56094236), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Medical Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, action near Kunja-ri, Korea, on 24 May 1951. On this date, Corporal (then Private First Class) Yeust, a collecting point ambulance driver, was attached to an infantry company which was pinned down by heavy enemy fire from emplacements concealed on a densely wooded hill. The evacuation of the wounded had become a serious problem due to the enemy controlling the pass which was the only route to the aid station. The hostile fire prevented any litter bearers from performing their duties. Corporal Yeust volunteered to drive his vehicle into the pass to reach the wounded. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he made his way through the pass, although the enemy concentrated their fire on him and bullets struck the vehicle and shattered the windshield. Picking up several wounded, he drove back to the aid station. Again he returned through the pass and once through it, he laid down a base of fire with his rifle, allowing the litter bearers to reach the aid station. The heroic action of Corporal Yeust was directly responsible for saving the lives of many wounded who would have perished without the prompt medical attention they received as a result of this deed. The gallantry displayed by Corporal Yeust reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
Headquarters, 7th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 374 (August 1, 1951)
Home Of Record:  Oregon

ZAYAS, PEDRO J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pedro J. Zayas (RA20025371), Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. On 19 August 1951, Company F was engaged in mopping-up operations against enemy troops, near Hoesan-ni, Korea, when it was fiercely attacked by a numerically superior hostile force. During the engagement, some friendly positions were overrun and the troops were forced to fall back; but Sergeant Zayas, fully exposed to small arms fire, encouraged the men to keep fighting and moved about consolidating the defense line. Although wounded, he manned a machine gun and hurled hand grenades against the enemy at close range while the other men, following his forceful example, rallied, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy who then abandoned the attack. Sergeant Zayas' gallant and effective leadership reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 546 (30 November 1951)
Home Of Record:  Puerto Rico

ZIEGLER, WILLIAM G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William G. Ziegler (US51193846), Corporal, U.S. Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division. During the early morning hours of 30 May 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Corporal (then Private First Class) Ziegler was a radio operator with a reconnaissance patrol advancing to Hill 412, close to enemy lines. Upon reaching the objective, the group commenced to reconnoiter the area but was suddenly subjected to intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from enemy defensive fortifications. In the unit's ensuing move to more advantageous positions, the patrol leader and his assistant were separated from the main body. Learning this, Corporal Ziegler immediately assumed command and, despite the heavy fire, led the group in a search for the missing men. Although wounded in this action, he relentlessly continued to direct the unit and courageously guided it back through enemy mortar barrages to the friendly main line of resistance. Corporal Ziegler's outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
Headquarters 3d Infantry Division General Orders No. 478 (14 December 1953)
Home Of Record:  New York

 

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