HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS # 197 - 19 JUNE 1953
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL (FIRST BRONZE OAK-LEAF CLUSTER). -- 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 (First Bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster) with Letter "V" for heroic achievement in connection ith military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named officer and enlisted men:
Private HAROLD R. WERNER, RA12395872, Infantry, Company "G", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 16 May 1953, Company "G", holding a defensive position on Outpost "Harry", in the vicinity of Surang-ni, Korea, was subjected to an intense artillery and morter shelling prior to a hostile attack. Private WERNER, a machine gunner, occupied an exposed observation position which was under continual enemy fire and attack. Private WERNER'S emplacement was struck by an artillery shell, destroying the position but not harming him or the machine gun. Completely disregarding his personal safety,he positioned his weapon on top of the exposed trenches and continued firing and maintaining the security of his sector. Although wounded by the fragment of another enemy mortar shell, he remained at his post, effectively firing his weapon. His courageous actions contributed materially to repelling the enemy attack. Private WERNER'S outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the militery service. Entered the Federal service from New York.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131-
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.