HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 405 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 MICHAEL MAKAR, JR., RA13300090, Army Medical Service, Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 3 July 1953, in the vicinity of Honu-Chon, Korea, a patrol from Company "I", moving forward of the main line of resistance on a reconnaissance mission, heard a series of explosions from an area which was known to be known to be mined. Sergeant MAKAR, a medical aidman, volunteered to accompany a small group to investigate the cause of the explosions. Upon learning that a friendly patrol had entered a minefield, detonated several of the mines and sustained a number of casualties, he immediately entered the area to administer urgently needed aid. As he courageously moved among the casualties, giving medical assistance, he was constantly exposed to the dangers of unmarked mines. Shortly thereafter a series of flares was set off and the enemy, seeing the activity, immediately began to direct heavy concentrations of mortar fire on the mined area. Sergeant MAKAR remained there until all the casualties had been safely evacuated. Sergeant MAKAR's outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Pennsylvania.
G) #411 HQ 3d Inf Div APO 468 dtd 17 Sep 53
AMENDMENT TO GENERAL ORDERS. -- So much of Section I, (Award of the Bronze Star Medal), General Orders Number 405, dated 16 September 1953, this headquarter, pertaining to Sergeant MICHAEL MAKAR, JR, RA13300090, Army Medical Service, Medical Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, as reads, "Award of the Bronze Star Medal", is amended to read, "Award of the Bronze Star Medal (First Bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster)".
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 - National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.