Corporal GERALD R, ANCTIL, US51180164, Infantry, Company "K", 65th Infantry
Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning of
6 July 1953, Company "K" began to raid enemy held Hill "250" in the vicinity of
Honu-Chon, Korea. Corporal ANCTIL was the squad leader of the machine gun squad
attached to the assault platoon. After a short, but bitterly contested fire fight,
the first two sectors of the hill were overrun by the attacking force. Upon reaching
the crest of the second sector, Corporal ANCTIL immediately began to deploy his
machine gun crews for the purpose of supporting the assault on another sector of
the hill. Having done this, Corporal ANCTIL left his squad and moved to a position
from which he could most effectively observe the enemy's fire. Near the crest of
the hill, he observed a large machine gun bunker and supporting automatic rifle
positions. Shortly thereafter, Corporal ANCTIL, with complete disregard for his
personal safety, took several grenades and began to rush the entrenched enemy. He
was last seen throwing grenades into a trench on the left flank of the enemy positions and inflicting heavy casualties when incoming enemy artillery fire critically wounded him. Corporal ANCTIL'S outstanding gallantry 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.