Private First Class JAMES A. KONTOS, US51012907, Company "B", 65th
Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 8 July
1953, Private KONTOS was assigned to a listening post of a strategic section of the
friendly main line of resistance in the vicinity of Chungmoksil, Korea. As an enemy
soldier approached his position, he remained concealed, waiting for the main body of
enemy troops. Soon after, the enemy charged the listening post in platoon strength
in a sweeping assault. Private KONTOS braved the ensuing intense volley of fire and
hurled grenades at the oncoming enemy troops, inflicting numerous casualties upon
them. As the numerically superior enemy troops overran his position, he withdrew to
a more tenable location. As he was moving back toward the friendly lines, he located
a wounded comrade. He immediately rendered aid to the casualty and gave covering
fire until help could be procured. When aid arrived, he assisted in evacuating the
casualty through the intense fire to the friendly lines. Private KONTOS' outstanding
gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military
service. Entered the Federal Service from Maine.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.