The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
DEAN, WILLIAM F.
Rank and organization: Major General, U.S.
Army, commanding general, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date: Taejon, Korea,
20 and 21 July 1950. Entered service at: California. Born: 1 August
1899, Carlyle, Ill. G.O. No.: 7, 16 February 1951.
Maj. Gen. Dean distinguished himself
by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the repeated risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty. In command of a unit suddenly relieved from occupation duties in Japan
and as yet untried in combat, faced with a ruthless and determined enemy, highly trained
and overwhelmingly superior in numbers, he felt it his duty to take action which to a man
of his military experience and knowledge was clearly apt to result in his death. He
personally and alone attacked an enemy tank while armed only with a handgrenade. He also
directed the fire of his tanks from an exposed position with neither cover nor concealment
while under observed artillery and small-arm fire. When the town of Taejon was finally
overrun he refused to insure his own safety by leaving with the leading elements but
remained behind organizing his retreating forces, directing stragglers, and was last seen
assisting the wounded to a place of safety. These actions indicate that Maj. Gen. Dean
felt it necessary to sustain the courage and resolution of his troops by examples of
excessive gallantry committed always at the threatened portions of his frontlines. The
magnificent response of his unit to this willing and cheerful sacrifice, made with full
knowledge of its certain cost, is history. The success of this phase of the campaign is in
large measure due to Maj. Gen. Dean's heroic leadership, courageous and loyal devotion to
his men, and his complete disregard for personal safety.