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GENERAL ORDERS # 279 - 26 July 1953

Second Lieutenant ROBERT H. COLDREN, 01925891, Infantry, Company "E", 65th
Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 9 June 1953, as
patrol leader of a five man daylight reconnaissance patrol to Hill "412" in the vicinity
of Sagimak, Korea, Lieutenant COLDREN crawled within twenty yards of enemy posi-
tions, securing vital information which served as tactical intelligence for subse-
quent offensive action. Returning to the main line of resistance under a devastating
mortar bombardment when the mission had been accomplished, he immediately volunteered
to lead the support element in an attack on that position the same afternoon. The
patrol departed friendly lines and set up on the position from which supporting fire
would dominate the enemy stronghold. He directed a base of fire in close support of
the assault group. On one occasion, while twenty-five enemy soldiers attempted to
flank the assault element, he exposed himself to hostile fire to neutralize the enemy
action. After an intense fire fight in which twenty enemy soldiers were mortally
wounded, Lieutenant COLDREN remained, the last man on the position, covering the
retrograde movement of friendly forces under heavy fire. Lieutenant COLDREN'S out-
standing gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the
military service. Entered the Federal Service from Ohio

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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