65th INFANTRY REGIMENT
HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS # 460 - 26 October 1953
First Lieutenant RAFAEL LEON GONZALEZ, 01685766, Infantry, Company "I", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 28 September 1951, in the vicinity of Chorwon, Korea, elements of Company "I" were assaulting a strategically valuable enemy held hill. Although subjected to an intense enemy artillery mortar and small arms barrage, Lieutenant LEON GONZALEZ courageously guided his platoon up the slope, rapidly firing his automatic weapon. Moving to within 20 yards of the well-entrenched defenders, he aggressively led his group into the forward positions and bunkers, constantly giving clear instructions to the men. He then gave accurate, effective covering fire for a flame throwing operation and bravely directed a final drive over the crest of the hill, forcing the enemy from the objective. Lieutenant LEON GONZALEZ' outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great 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.