CORPORAL FELIX FIGUEROA, RA10400643, Infantry, Company
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders
Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College
Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 23 March 1951,
near Uijongbu, Korea, Company "I" was advancing on enemy positions located
in the general area of Hill 221. Many of these emplacements were strongly
entrenched and carefully camouflaged enabling the enemy to place severe
fire on the assault troops. As he was moving with the company up the hill,
Corporal FIGUEROA spotted an enemy position which was a primary obstacle
in the way of the company's mission. Without hesitation he rushed forward
across the hazardous terrain with his automatic rifleman to within five
yards of the emplacement. There covered by the fire of the automatic rifle,
he threw grenades at his foe until his comrade was wounded by returning fire
from the enemy. After assisting the injured soldier to a place of safety,
Corporal FIGUEROA returned to the scene of action and by effective use of hand
grenades succeeded in neutralizing the enemy position. His actions witnessed
by the whole company, inspired them to make a final assault and capture their
objective. The gallantry and outstanding leadership displayed by Corporal
FIGUEROA reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service.
Entered the military service from Puerto Rico.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.