Private First Class FRANCISCO ACEVEDO OLIVO, US50107130, Infantry Company "B", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 28-29 January 1952, a reconnaissance patrol from Company "B" was ambushed and the forward elements of the patrol were surrounded and taken as prisoners. As a guard brought some rice into the barbed-wire enclosure where they had been placed, Private ACEVEDO OLIVO, a member of the patrol, took him by complete surprise by tearing the container from his hand, striking him in the face with it and running from the cage. While fleeing from the foe, Private ACEVEDO OLIVO was seriously wounded in the arm and leg, making it impossible for him to walk. With unflinching courage and an indomitable resolution to escape from the hands of the enemy, he crawled over four miles of snow-covered terrain and crossed a wide, icy river to return to friendly lines. His unwavering determination to return to his unit provided immense intelligence information about the enemy that could not otherwise have been obtained. Private ACEVEDO OLIVO'S gallantry reflects the highest credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal 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.
30 JAN 1952 - AT THE 8055TH MASH, EIGHTH US ARMY, BRIG PFC FRANCISCO ACEVEDO, CO "B" 65TH INF REGT, 3RD, US INF DIV, RECEIVES THE SILVER STAR MEDAL AND PURPLE HEART FROM BRIG GEN T J CROSS, CO, 3RD US INF DIV.