Captain LYMAN'S outstanding gallantry reflects the
highest credit upon himself
Captain WILLIAM J. LYMAN, Jr., 0537620, Infantry, Company
"F", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army.
During the early morning hours of 18 January 1952, Captain LYMAN led a patrol
from his company up Hill 167, near Sangnyong-Myon, Korea, to establish an outpost
from which he could direct the attack of the remainder of the company
on the assigned objective. As the lead squad of the patrol neared the top of
the hill it was suddenly subjected to an intense barrage of enemy automatic
weapons and small arms fire
and was effectively pinned down. Observing that the remainder of the patrol was becoming confused and disorganized, Captain LYMAN fearlessly exposed himself to the withering hail of hostile fire as he moved among his men, encouraging, reorganizing, and leading them in an assault on the enemy positions so as to allow the lead squad to withdraw. During the vicious battle which ensued, Captain LYMAN was mortally wounded, but his courageous initiative and leader- ship enabled the pinned down squad to withdraw with a minimum of casualties. Captain LYMAN'S outstanding gallantry reflects the highest credit upon himself
and the military 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.