Captain JOSEPH E. FIX, III., 060527, Infantry, Company "A", 65th Infantry Regi-
ment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 22 February 1953,
Company "A", under the command of Captain FIX, was holding a vital segment of the
main line of resistance in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, when the enemy launched
an intense company sized attack against the second platoon sector. Captain FIX, who
had been at his company command post, immediately made his way to the point of great-
est enemy assault under a devastating hail of hostile mortar and small arms fire.
Directing the defensive fire of his men, he quickly realized the situation dictated
reinforcements for the friendly platoon which, already under strength, was faced by
superior numbers. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he again made
his way under intense fire to the rear, returning minutes later with urgently needed
reinforcements from among the cooks, drivers, clerks, and other headquarters person-
nel to bolster the defense. At a critical point in the action, he effectively de-
ployed his men while exposed to constant enemy fire. In the fire fight which ensued,
he positioned himself at the foremost point of enemy advance to direct and coordinate
the defense. The enemy was defeated and withdrew, suffering heavy casualties. Cap-
tain FIX'S outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon him-
self and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Colorado.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.