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Bronze Star


GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 317  27 July 1951

    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 enlisted men :

PRIVATE CARLOS BARRETO TORRES, US50100308, Infantry, Company "B", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 27 April 1951, near Uijongbu, Korea, Company "B" was surrounded by a large enemy force and subjected to intense hostile small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. When the unit was ordered to withdraw, it became necessary to drive a wedge through the enemy encirclement. Learning that a friendly infantryman had been seriously wounded during the fierce engagement, Private BARRETO TORRES unhesitatingly volunteered to remain behind and help in the evacuation operation. Private BARRETO TORRES, assisted by three other volunteers, carried the wounded man on a litter approximately 800 yards over exposed terrain through the gap in the encirclement to a position of safety, where medical aid was administered. Private BARRETO TORRES' heroic actions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military 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.