The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McGOVERN, ROBERT M.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Company A, 5th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Place and date:
Near Kamyangjan-ni, Korea, 30 January 1951. Entered service at: Washington, D.C. Birth:
Washington, D.C. G.O. No.: 2, 8 January 1952.
1st Lt. McGovern, a member of Company A, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry
and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an
armed enemy of the United Nations. As 1st Lt. McGovern led his platoon up a slope to
engage hostile troops emplaced in bunker-type pillboxes with connecting trenches, the unit
came under heavy machinegun and rifle fire from the crest of the hill, approximately 75
yards distant. Despite a wound sustained in this initial burst of withering fire, 1st Lt.
McGovern, assured the men of his ability to continue on and urged them forward. Forging up
the rocky incline, he fearlessly led the platoon to within several yards of its objective
when the ruthless foe threw and rolled a vicious barrage of handgrenades on the group and
halted the advance. Enemy fire increased in volume and intensity and 1st Lt. McGovern
realizing that casualties were rapidly increasing and the morale of his men badly shaken,
hurled back several grenades before they exploded. Then, disregarding his painful wound
and weakened condition he charged a machinegun emplacement which was raking his position
with flanking fire. When he was within 10 yards of the position a burst of fire ripped the
carbine from his hands, but, undaunted, he continued his lone-man assault and, firing his
pistol and throwing grenades, killed 7 hostile soldiers before falling mortally wounded in
front of the gun he had silenced. 1st Lt. McGovern's incredible display of valor imbued
his men with indomitable resolution to avenge his death. Fixing bayonets and throwing
grenades, they charged with such ferocity that hostile positions were overrun and the
enemy routed from the hill. The inspirational leadership, unflinching courage, and
intrepid actions of 1st Lt. McGovern reflected utmost glory on himself and the honored
tradition of the military services.