HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 454 19 October 1953
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 enlisted man:
Private First Class (then Private) DONALD W. SHOWE, RA13277085, Infantry, Company "C", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, a combat patrol from Company "C" left the friendly main line of resistance and advanced towards Hill "326", close to enemy lines. As the patrol moved near the hill, it was subjected to an intense enemy artillery barrage but, evading this concentration, it advanced up the slope. Private SHOWE was a squad leader in the patrol and, upon reaching the crest of the hill, he immediately deployed his men into advantageous fighting positions. Soon, a force of approximately thirty enemy soldiers attacked the hill. In the ensuing action, Private SHOWE was wounded by small arms fire but, despite his wounds, continued to effectively direct his men and give accurate orders until the foe was repelled. His courageous actions contributed materially to the success of the mission with a minimum of friendly casualties. Private SHOWE's outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Maryland.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.