PRIVATE FIRST CLASS ARCADIO SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ,
Company "k", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On
27 April 1951, near Hongbok, Korea, while approaching through a pass, a
reinforced enemy battalion was fired on by the 3d Platoon, Company "K",
which had taken a blocking position astride the pass. When his squad leader was mortally wounded, Private SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ voluntarily assumed command of the squad. Receiving orders to withdraw he organized the squad and led it to more tenable positions. During a later assault to drive the enemy
from the ridge, Private SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ volunteered to carry a wounded comrade to safety. Suddenly encountering five enemy soldiers, he placed his wounded comrade on the ground, and opened fire on the enemy, After killing four hostile troops, he captured the fifth and forced him to evacuate the
wounded man to the battalion aid station. The gallantry and initiative displayed by Private SANTIAGO RODRIGUEZ reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from Puerto Rico.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.