HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 423 25 Sept 1953
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL - 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 with Letter "V" device for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States is awarded to the following named enlisted men:
Sergeant First Class (then Corporal) RICHARD V. POE, RA29044315, Infantry, Company "I", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During ther early morning hours of 3 July 1953, in the vicinity of Honu-Chon, Korea, a patrol set out from Company "I" on a reconnaissance mission. As it moved near an area which was known to be mined, several explosions were heard. Upon investigation it was learned that a friendly patrol had unkowingly entered the minefield and suffered several casualties as a result of the explosions. Sergeant POE immediately volunteered to supervise the evacuation of the wounded. As the operation was in progress, a series of flares illuminated the area and the group in the mined terrain was soon subjected to intense enemy mortar fire. With disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant POE courageously continued his vital work until all the casualties were removed to safety. Sergeant POE'S outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Hawaii.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.