HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 407 16 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 CLAUDE R. DAMEWOOD, RA13338322, Army Medical Service, Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the late afternoon of 27 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, the rear area of the Heavy Mortar Company was subjected to an intense enemy mortar and artillery barrage. During the action, a shell struck the communications tent, wounding eight men. Upon hearing a call for help, Sergeant DAMEWOOD, a medical aidman, immediately went to the assistance of the casualties and began to treat the more seriously wounded men. Having administered aid, he placed two wounded men in a truck and accompanied them to the collecting station. Although rounds were falling along the entire route, Sergeant DAMEWOOD courageously exposed himself to the enemy fire to render further treatment to the casualties as the vehicle proceeded down the road. Upon arriving at the destination, he delivered the men to the surgeon. Sergeant DAMEWOOD'S outstanding heroism and devotion to dury reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from the Canal Zone.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.