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GENERAL ORDERS # 338 - 15 August 1953

Second Lieutenant PATSY J. SCARPATO, 01935200, Infantry, Company "E", 65th
Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 14
June and during the early morning hours of 15 June 1953, Company "E" made a raid on
an enemy outpost in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. As the force approached the
objective, intense enemy shelling and small arms fire inflicted many friendly
casualties. Lieutenant SCARPATO,  a platoon leader, immediately rushed forward,
offering encouragement, organizing his men and urging them to fight aggressively
despite all resistance. Twice, in the assault, he was knocked to the ground from
the concussion of enemy grenades. Nevertheless, he continued to lead his men in the
advance. When the order came to return to friendly lines, with complete disregard
for his personal safety, he advanced to within close proximity of enemy strongholds
to evacuate a wounded comrade. Although weakened by his wounds and exhausted from
the battle, he carried the wounded man to the comparative safety of the friendly
lines. Lieutenant SCARPATO'S outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect
great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service
from New York.

Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

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