HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 378 - 27 December 1952
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL - By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944 (Sec II, WD Bul 3, 1944), and pursuant to authority in AR 600-45, the Bronze Star Medal with Letter "V" device for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named officers and enlisted men:
First Lieutenant JOHN J. YEAGER, 01326039, Infantry, Company "B", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the afternoon of 25 September 1952, elements of a platoon of Company "B", led by Lieutenant YEAGER, were occupying defensive positions on an outpost referred to as "Nori", in the vicinity of Suukai, Korea, when they were subjected to an intense enemy artillery and mortar barrage. Lieutenant YEAGER, upon learning that six of his men had been seriously wounded when a hostile artillery round struck their bunker, immediately left the comparative safety of his command post to assist in their evacuation. With complete disregard for his personal safety he fearlessly crossed the shell-torn area to rescue the casualties. After reaching the wounded men and clearing the entrance to the stricken bunker, he rendered them first aid. Realizing that the men required immediate further medical attention, he ignored the hostile barrage and supervised and assisted in their safe evacuation. Lieutenant YEAGER'S heroism and selfless actions were highly instrumental in saving the lives of his fellow soldiers and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Iowa.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.