The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*LIBBY, GEORGE D.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Company C, 3d Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Taejon, Korea, 20 July 1950. Entered service at: Waterbury, Conn. Birth:
Bridgton, Maine. G.O. No.: 62, 2 August 1951.
Sgt. Libby distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond
the call of duty in action. While breaking through an enemy encirclement, the vehicle in
which he was riding approached an enemy roadblock and encountered devastating fire which
disabled the truck, killing or wounding all the passengers except Sgt. Libby. Taking cover
in a ditch Sgt. Libby engaged the enemy and despite the heavy fire crossed the road twice
to administer aid to his wounded comrades. He then hailed a passing M-5 artillery tractor
and helped the wounded aboard. The enemy directed intense small-arms fire at the driver,
and Sgt. Libby, realizing that no one else could operate the vehicle, placed himself
between the driver and the enemy thereby shielding him while he returned the fire. During
this action he received several wounds in the arms and body. Continuing through the town
the tractor made frequent stops and Sgt. Libby helped more wounded aboard. Refusing first
aid, he continued to shield the driver and return the fire of the enemy when another
roadblock was encountered. Sgt. Libby received additional wounds but held his position
until he lost consciousness. Sgt. Libby's sustained, heroic actions enabled his comrades
to reach friendly lines. His dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the
highest credit upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.