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65th Infantry Regiment

Bronze Star


GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 431  5 October 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:

Private First Class THOMAS M. LATKA, RA12399175, Infantry, Company "C", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 16 July 1953, in the vicinity of Kumhwa, Korea, a combat patrol  from Company "C" left friendly lines to advance on Hill "326" in front of enemy lines. The raiders moved up the hill and began deploying in a defense perimeter. Soon, an enemy force of approximately thirty soldiers attacked up the reverse slope. In the ensuing action, it was soon apparent that aidmen were vitally needed and a radio request was sent. Private LATKA, a rifleman with the patrol, volunteered to return and guide the aidmen to the hill. He courageously moved off the hill, despite the heavy artillery and mortar, small arms fire and illuminating flares, and accomplished his mission. As a result of his brave actions, the casualties received medical aid and were safely evacuated. Private LATKA'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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