HEADQUARTERS 3D INFANTRY DIVISION
GENERAL ORDERS - NUMBER 12 - 20 JANUARY 1951
AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. -- By direction of the President under the provisions of Executive Order 9419, 4 February 1944, (Section II, WD Bulletin 3, 1944) and pursuant to authority contained in Army Regulations 600-45, and Department of the Army Message WS9043, the Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device for heroic achievemennt in connection with military operations against an armed enemy is awared to the following oficers and enlisted men:
First Lieutenant Gerardo Latony, 0958969, Infantry, Company "H", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 7 November 1950, at Yonghung, Korea during an attack by a numerically superior enemy, Lieutenant Latony distinguished himself in action. When an element of the attack succeeded in driving Company "G" 65th Infantry, from their positions directly in front of Lieutenant Latony's mortar platoon, he immediately responded to the call for mortar support. He, with utter disregard for his personal safety, left his covered position, went to ground which he could effectively direct the fire of the mortars, and while exposed to enemy fire, directed the fire in such a manner that the enemy were forced to abandon their newly gained position leaving behind eleven dead, three wounded, and several prisoners. Lieutenant Latony's resourceful, inspirational heroism reflects great 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, Md.
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