HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 179 7 June 1951
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL - By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944 (Sec II, WD Bul 3, 1944), and pursuant to authority in AR 600-45, the Bronze Star Medal with Letter "V" device for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named enlisted men :
CORPORAL RAFAEL CASTRO SILVA, RA30451972, Infantry, Company "I", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 23 March 1951, near Uijongbu, Korea, Corporal CASTRO SILVA directed his squad within thirty yards of a well entrenched enemy position under intense automatic rifle and small arms fire. After being directed to withdraw his squad, Corporal CASTRO SILVA personally carried one of his wounded comrades, who was unable to walk, through the heavy enemy fire to a covered position. Through his leadership, the squad was safely withdrawn and the wounded man evacuated. The heroic actions of Corporal Castro Silva reflect great 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.