Private JAMES K. TANNER, RA14459432, Army Medical Service, Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the afternoon of 10 June and during the early morning hours of 11 June 1953, private TANNER, a medical aid man, was with Company "F" in an attack on Hill "412" in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea. While under constant enemy fire, he administered aid aid to the wounded and Prepared them for evacuation. During the battle, he went to the aid of a friendly Korean soldier lying wounded in a cave subjected to intense sniper fire. Still under enemy fire, he carried the wounded man to a relatively sheltered position and with the aid of a litter bearer prepared to evacuate him. When the litter bearer was wounded, Private TANNER remained with both men to administer first aid until further assistance could be brought from the line. With the coming of darkness, the area became the target of friendly and enemy fire. Throughout the night, fire raked the position in increasing intensity and his position was under the observation of a hostile machine gun crew which had set up its weapon directly above him on the ridge. Prior to dawn, the Korean soldier died despite Private TANNER'S efforts. With the coming of dawn, he dragged the wounded man toward friendly lines for approximately
1000 yards until, completely exhausted, he had to go on alone to secure aid. He then returned and directed the evacuation for the remaining distance, resting only when assured the wounded man was readied for removal to the hospital. Private
TANNER'S outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Georgia.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.