..Puerto Rico's ..
65th Infantry Regiment

Bronze Star


GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 366 - 17 December 1952


    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 ANTONIO TORRES FERMIN, NG29191761, Infantry, Company "D", 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 16 August 1952, Private TORRES FERMIN'S machine gun section was assigned the mission of giving support to Company "B" in the event of an enemy attack in the vicinity of Chong-Jach'on, Korea. After they had occupied their positions, they were subjected to a heavy enemy mortar barrage. Private TORRES FERMIN, believing he heard the distant cries of a wounded man, prepared with a few volunteer assistants to canvas the area in search of the casualty. After crawling through mine fields in his arduous search, he fearlessly advanced through the murderous enemy fire and located the wounded man. Remaining in an exposed position, he administered first aid and personally carried the wounded man back over the slippery, hazardous terrain to a friendly position, where he made arrangements for his immediate evacuation. The outstanding bravery and selfless actions displayed by  Private TORRES FERMIN was was instrumental in saving the life of a fellow soldier and 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.

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