Corporal HOWARD BEARD, JR., US55197372, Infantry, Company "B", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the morning and afternoon of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Sinmok-Tong, Korea, Corporal BEARD was a member of a company raiding force advancing on enemy held Hill "433". He aggressively climbed the slope and charged the enemy, throwing hand grenades and firing his weapon. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Corporal BEARD repeatedly moved within a few yards of enemy bunkers and trenches to effectively fire upon the defenders. His courageous actions and constant encouragement inspired his men to fight still harder and to inflict extensive damage upon the foe. Observing heavy fire coming from a bunker, he valiantly rushed to an exposed position and fired upon the enemy troops in the fortification in an attempt to neutralize their fire. In this brave move to protect his comrades, Corporal BEARD was mortally wounded by a burst of enemy small arms fire. Corporal BEARD'S outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Illinois.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.