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65th Infantry Regiment

Bronze Star


GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 511  4 December 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 officer and enlisted men:

First Lieutenant EUGENE J. HRITZ, 01925930, Infantry, Company "B", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the afternoon of 17 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, Lieutenant HRITZ courageously guided his company in a raid on enemy-held Hill "433". Throughout the attack, he constantly exposed himself to the enemy fire to accurately direct the fire and advance of his men. At the close of the engagement, he bravely remained in position and ordered his men to move back down the slope. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he effectively covered the movement of his company until all casualties had been evacuated. He was the last United Nations soldier to leave the shell-torn hill. Through his aggressive leadership and constant enthusiasm, he was greatly responsible for the success of the raid. Lieutenant HRITZ' outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Ohio.

  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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