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GENERAL ORDERS # 481 - 16 November 1953

Private First Class LORAN K. LIBBERT, US55298681, Infantry, Company "C", 65th
Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the afternoon
of 16 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Private LIBBERT was a radioman
accompanying a combat patrol on a mission near enemy lines. Approaching the
objective, the force was subjected to heavy barrages of enemy artillery and mortar
fire which inflicted several casualties and prevented further advance. The unit
rapidly deployed in protected positions and Private LIBBERT sent a message request-
ing medical aid and reinforcements. Following this, he courageously left his
position and exposed himself to the exploding rounds to administer first aid to the
wounded and assist in their evacuation. He then bravely answered a call for
volunteers to return to the main line of resistance and guide the reinforcements
to the scene of action. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he
valiantly moved toward friendly lines but was mortally wounded while moving through
the intense enemy bombardment. Private LIBBERT'S outstanding gallantry and devotion
to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the
Federal Service from Missouri.

Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.

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