HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 433 7 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 named enlisted men:
Private First Class Joseph T BOTELHO, US51185311, Infantry, Company "G", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the late afternoon of 16 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, a friendly patrol unknowingly entered a minefield and detonated some mines, wounding several men. Upon learning of the accident, Private BOTELHO volunteered to serve as a litter bearer in evacuanting the casualties from the hazardous terrain. Exposing himself to the heavy enemy artillery, mortar and small arms fire, he immediately went into the mined area and courageously assisted in removing the wounded. With disregard for his personal safety, he made several trips carrying litters to a safe position. Private BOTELHO' outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Rhode Island.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.