Puerto Rico
65th Infantry Regiment
Distinguished Service Cross
Cpl. Fabian Nieves - Laguer

Office of the Commanding General
GENERAL ORDERS NUMBER 635 - 12August 1951

   Corporal FABIAN NIEVES LAGUER, RA30419666, Infantry, United States Army. Corporal FABIAN NIEVES-LAGUER, a member of Company C, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against the enemy in the vicinity of Chwanchan-dong, Korea, on 19 April 1951. Corporal NIEVES-LAGUER's unit was given the mission of attacking and securing positions held by a well entrenched and fanatically determined enemy force. Moving forward under intense enemy mortar and small arms fire, Corporal NIEVES-LAGUER, an automatic rifleman, repeatedly charged enemy dug-outs, clearing them of opposition and enabling the remainder of his squad to advance without casualties. However the hostile fire finally became so intense that the advancing friendly elements were forced to withdraw to more tenable positions. As the enemy launched a powerful counterattack, Corporal NIEVES-LAGUER observed three wounded men lying directly in the path of the onrushing hostile forces. With utter disregard for his personal safety, he made three separate trips across the fire swept terrain to carry the stricken soldiers to safety. After successfully evacuating the injured men, Corporal NIEVES-LAGUER returned to his position and manned his weapon. From his emplacement he was able to furnish effective fire support to cover the withdrawal and subsequent reorganization of his unit. The outstanding devotion to duty and extraordinary heroism displayed by Corporal NIEVES LAGUER in this action reflect great credit on himself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service. Entered the federal service from Puerto Rico. 

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