65th Infantry Regiment
3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 346 - 10 August 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 officers and enlisted men:
CAPTAIN CLAUD SMITH, 01011956, Armor, Heavy Tank Company, 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 1 July 1951, Captain SMITH was the commanding officer of a tank-Infantry task force with the mission of securing Hill 488 near Won-ni, Korea. Reaching the objective, the infantry became pinned down by automatic weapons, mortar, and sniper fire from enemy positions on an adjacent higher hill. With complete disregard for his safety, Captain SMITH exposed himself in the turret of his tank in order to search out the hostile positions and direct fire upon the enemy. When his radio failed, Captain SMITH , while still under heavy enemy fire, moved to another tank and continued to direct fire while standing exposed on the back deck of the tank until the enemy was neutralized and had withdrawn. His heroic actions reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.