HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS # 212 - 28 JUNE 1953
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL (FIRST BRONZE OAK-LEAF CLUSTER). -- BYdirection 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:
First Class JAMES T. KECKLER, NG23453063, Infantry, Company "K", 65th Infantry
Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 24 May 1953,
Sergeant KECKLER arrived at the location where the primary patrol of Company "K"
was engaged in combat with the enemy in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea. He took
up a position at the extreme end of the existing perimeter. As he advanced
towards his position, he was subhected to intense hostile small arms fire.
Despite the devestating fire, he maintained his position and supplied the
necessary supporting fire for the evacuation of the casualties. When the frindly
patrol was preparing to return to the main line of resistance, he portqlly
wounded an enemy sniper who was endangering their lives, enabiling the return of
all elements without additional casualties. Sergeant KECKLER'S outstanding
heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military
service. Entered the Federal Service from Ohio. Source: Record Group 338: General Orders
Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.