Puerto Rico
65th Infantry Regiment
Distinguished Service Cross
SFC Jack P. Tolbert

General Orders # 26    DEPARTMENT  OF THE ARMY
WASHINGTON 25, D.C., 2 April 1954

1. DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS - By direction of the President, under the act of Congress approved 9 July 1918 (WD Bul. 43, 1918), the Distinguished Service Cross for estraordinary heroism in action against an enemy on the dates indicated is awarded to the following named enlisted men :

    Sergeant First Class Jack P. Tolbert (Service No. RA19296161), Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company B, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations near Kumhwa, Korea, on 11 June 1953. He was one of two outpost guards on the main line of resistance when the area came under a heavy artillery and mortar bombardment. Observing a hostile infantryman approaching the position, he shouted a warning to the other sentinel and to the guard at the command post, thus enabling them to alert other elements of the imminent attack. Seconds later, the enemy soldier hurled a fragmentation grenade into the bunker. Fully aware of the danger involved, Sergeant Tolbert stepped on the missile in an attempt to dispose of it or lessen its explosive effect and received the full impact of the explosion, Although critically wounded in this display of valor, his prompt and unhesitating action prevented serious injury to his comrade. Inspired by his unflinching courage, the troops fought with great tenacity and skill, inflicted numerous casualties, and contained the assault. Sergeant Tolbert's inspirational conduct and consummate devotion to duty reflect the highest credit on himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the military service.

The above citation was provided by Steve Jones of Lyon Research.

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