GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 297 - 22 jULY 1951
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL (FIRST BRONZE OAK - LEAF CLUSTER0. -- 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 60045, and DA Message W89043, the Bronze Star Medal with Letter "V" device (First Bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster) 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:
SECOND LIEUTENANT HECTOR PEREZ VEGA, 0988480, Infantry, Company "B", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 4 June 1951, near Sundong-ni, Korea, Company "B", engaged with the enemy, was subjected to a fierce counter attack, which forced the unit to withdraw to more tenable positions. During the withdrawal, Lieutenant PEREZ VEGA, placing a machine gun in an exposed position within the range of enemy fire, set up a continous stream of fire which slowed down the enemy's advance, permitting Company "B" to withdraw without additional casualties. Lieutenant PEREZ VEGA'S heroism and courageous determination reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from Puerto Rico.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.