HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 452 16 October 1953
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 officer and enlisted men:
Second Lieutenant THEODORE A. CERRI, 066770, Infantry, Company "G", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the late afternoon of 16 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, a friendly patrol unknowingly moved into a minefield and detonated some mines, seriously wounding several men. Upon learning of the accident, Lieutenant CERRI, a platoon leader, immediately left the comparative safety of his position and rapidly moved through an area under enemy mortar, artillery and small arms fire to the scene of action. He then courageously exposed himself to the concentration in order to accurately direct the evacuation proceedings. He remainded there, with complete disregard for his personal safety, until all the casualties had been safely removed. His brave actions and effective leadership were instrumental in the successful completion of the operation. Lieutenant CERRI'S outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Massachusetts.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.