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65th Infantry Regiment

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GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 373  1 Sept 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:

Second Lieutenant ALEXANDER E. McMENEMY, JR., 067160, Infantry, Company "K", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. During the early morning hours of 6 July 1953, Company "K" commenced to attack enemy held Hill "250" in the vicinity of Honu-Chon, Korea. Shortly after the fire fight began, the assault forces suffered a number of casualties. The support platoon, led by Lieutenant McMENEMY, was quickly called into the conflict. He effectively deployed his men on the objective and then began to direct their fire and the evacuation of friendly casualties. Shortly thereafter, Lieutenant McMENEMY heard an incoming mortar round. Immediately, he pushed his platoon sergeant into a shell crater before droppping to the ground himself. Through complete disregard for his personal safety, he saved the life of his platoon sergeant. The nearby burst inflicted Lieutenant McMENEMY with severe wounds in his left leg. When the litter bearers started to evacuate him, he observed the need for more litter facilities to carry in other seriously wounded men. Ignoring his own wounds, he refused to be evacuated, offering his litter for the use of another, more seriously wounded soldier. Lieutenant McMENEMY'S outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from New Jersey.

 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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