Corporal (then Private First Class) William G. Ziegler,
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders
Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -
Company "I", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army.
During the early morning hours of 30 May 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea,
Corporal ZIEGLER was a radio operator with a reconnaissance patrol advancing to
Hill "412", close to enemy lines. Upon reaching the objective, the group commenced
to reconnoiter the area but was suddenly subjected to intense small arms and auto-
matic weapons fire from enemy defensive fortifications. In the unit's ensuing
move to more advantageous positions, the patrol leader and his assistant were
separated from the main body. Learning this, Corporal ZIEGLER immediately assumed
command and, despite the heavy fire, led the group in a search for the missing men.
Although wounded in this action, he relentlessly continued to direct the unit and
courageously guided it back through enemy mortar barrages to the friendly main line
of resistance. Corporal ZIEGLER'S outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty
reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal
Service from New York.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.