HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS # 220 - 1 JULY 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 (First Bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster) with Letter "V" for heroic achievement in connection ith military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named officer and enlisted men:
Second Lieutenant RUSSELL W. LIGHT, 01881785, Infantry, Company "K", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 24 May 1953, a patrol from Company "K" was attacked by enemy forces in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea. Lieutenant LIGHT, positioned on the friendly main line of resistance, immediately organized a support group which moved forward to the assistance of the besieged patrol. After reorganizing the reinforced perimeter to assure maximum fire power and security, he moved out and searched the area for two wounded men missing from the initial patrol. Although subjected to intense enemy fire, he located the body of the missing patrol leader and found a seriously wounded comrade. While constantly harassed by enemy fire, he carried the body of the patrol leader down a slope and into the defense perimeter. Under the command of Lieutenant LIGHT, the patrol safely returned to friendly lines. Lieutenant LIGHT'S outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the militery service. Entered the Federal Service from South Carolina.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131-
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.