Private First Class DONALD A. THERKELSEN, US55238398, Infantry, Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the morning and afternoon of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Company "B" assaulted enemy held Hill "433" and, in the ensuing firefight, sustained many casualties. Observing the wounded attackers lying exposed to the enemy fire, Private THERKELSEN, an aidman, courageously moved from casualty to casualty, administering medical aid and removing them to sheltered positions. He repeatedly returned to aid the wounded men, despite the intense enemy fire, and was greatly responsible for saving the lives of several United Nations personnel. Private THERKELSEN was last seen valiantly advancing into an area under heavy enemy bombardment in an attempt to assist a wounded comrade. Private THERKELSEN'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.