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65th Infantry Regiment

Bronze Star


GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 519  9 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:

Sergeant (then Corporal) LEONARD A. SHELTON, RA17361622, 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, a patrol element from Company "B" was pinned down by intense machine gun and artillery fire. Learning of the situation, Sergeant SHELTON immediately volunteered to accompany a relief force in an attempt to evacuate casualties and guide the patrol members to safety. He courageously left his sheltered position and advanced up the slope under fire to the trapped unit. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he repeatedly moved through the impact area, carrying the wounded to a positions where aid could be administered and, after the bombardment had decreased in intensity, assisting in evacuating the patrol members to friendly lines. Sergeant SHELTON'S outstanding heroism and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from Missouri.

  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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