PRIVATE FIRST CLASS JOSEPH L. GELABERT, RA57011048, Infantry, Company
"I", 65th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 23 March
1951, near Uijongbu, Korea, while attacking enemy positions on a commanding
ridge, Company "I" was subjected to intense hostile small arms and machine
gun fire which delayed the advance of the company. With no regard for his
safety, Private GELABERT, accompanied by his squad leader, rushed over completely
exposed terrain to within five yards of the emplacement. He courageously
fired his automatic weapon while his squad leader threw grenades into the am=
placement. Exhausting his supply of ammunition, Private Gelabert began throwing
grenades until he was wounded by fragments from an exploding enemy grenade.
His bold actions were an inspiration to his comrades. Private Gelarbert'S
gallantry and outstanding courage reflect 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, Maryland.