Puerto Rico
65th Infantry Regiment
Distinguished Service Cross

APO 301

GENERAL ORDERS                         27 July 1953

Section I


    By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of
Congress approved 9 July 1018 (WD Bul 43, 1918), and pursuant to author-
Ity in AR 600-45, the Distinguished-Service Cross for extraordinary hero
Ism in action is awarded in the name of the Command-in Chief, Far
East, to:

    Master Sergeant BELISARIO NORIEGA, RA10401335, Infantry, United
States Army. Sergeant NORIEGA, a member of an infantry company, dis-
tinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy
in the vicinity of the Chorwon, Korea. On 27 October 1952, Sergeant NORIEGA
was with a company defending an outpost position which was subjected to
a heavy barrage of artillery and mortar fire. When a fire started in the
ammunition supply point, Sergeant NORIEGA, fully cognizant of the dangers
involved, rushed to the scene and assisted in extinguishing the blaze.
Upon his return to the defensive positions, Sergeant NORIEGA found that
One of the platoon leaders was a casualty and his men had become confused
And disorganized under the strain of the intense shelling. Sergeant
NORIEGA immediately reorganized the men, deployed them in the most
advantageous positions, assigned fields of fire and throught the as
sault which followed Sergeant NORIEGA maintained command of the platoon
and employed it effectively. When the company was ordered to withdraw
after the position had been encircled, Sergeant NORIEGA led the men
through the hostile ranks to the safety of the main line of resistance.
The extraordinary heroism exhibited by Sergeant NORIEGA on this occasion
Reflects great credit on himself and is in keeping with the finest
Traditions of the military service. Entered the Federal service from
Puerto Rico.

Source: Record Group 500: Records of U.S. Army Operational and Tactical Formations, 1940-, Eighth U.S. Army, 1944-56 Adjutant General Section, Box 1108 General Orders 1953, July 1953 to Dec. 1953, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

*Submitted by Colonel Gilberto Villahermosa, United States Army.
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