HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 263 8 July 1951
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 officer and enlisted men :
SERGEANT (then CORPORAL) ANTONIO SANTA, RA10402590, Infantry, Headquarter and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 26 April 1951, near Ilbiang-ni, Korea, when the 2d Battalion, 65th Infantry was attacked by an estimated enemy force of two regiments, the command post was surrounded by the hostile force and brought under heavy small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. Sergeant SANTA unhesitatingly exposed himself as he ran to a jeep to obtain a machine gun which was mounted on the immoble vehicle. Assisted by two comrades, he removed the weapon, ran to a nearby position, and aided in firing the gun which resulted in the halting of the advancing enemy. The heroic initiative displayed by Sergeant SANTA reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service. Rntered the military service from Puerto Rico.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.