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Oats, Sgt. Norman E. (7ID, Btry A, 48th FAB)

Oberpriller, PVT Joseph R. (2ID) (repatriated POW)

Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division
General Orders No. 306 - 08 September 1952

The Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device is awarded to Private Joseph R. Oberpriller, US55147611, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company E, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, who distinguished himself by heroism in action on 21 July 1952 in the vicinity of Chorwon, North Korea. On that date, Private Oberpriller was a member of an ambush patrol which was returning from in front of the Main Line of Resistance. When returning to friendly lines, the patrol was confronted by an overwhelming enemy force, and a fierce fire fight followed. Private Oberpriller proceeded to deliver devastating fire upon the enemy. The patrol leader ordered three men to go back to go after reinforcements. Private Oberpriller chose to remain with his comrades. When last seen, he was courageously and fearlessly standing amidst murderous small arms fire, using enemy weapons to return fire upon the hostile forces. The heroism in action displayed by Private Oberpriller reflects great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal service from Wisconsin.

O'Brien, PFC George F. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

O'Brien, SGT William E. (2ID)

Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division
General Orders No. 77 - 9 April 1951

The Bronze Star Medal with Letter "V" device is awarded to Sergeant William E. O'Brien, ER32076873, Artillery, Army of the United States, a member of Battery D, 82d Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self Propelled), 2d Infantry Division, who distinguished himself by heroic achievement on 13 February 1951 in the vicinity of Hoengsong, Korea. On that date he was leader of an anti-aircraft firing vehicle that was providing supporting fire for a convoy which was attempting to break through an enemy fire block. When two members of his crew were wounded by enemy mortar fire, he placed one man on a passing vehicle for evacuation, and carried the other man 200 yards to the nearest aid station. Returning to his platoon, he assisted the platoon leader in directing the fire of the platoon. Despite the heavy enemy fire, he acted as a gunner when the crew of a firing vehicle became casualties and kept both sets of guns firing until he was wounded. The heroism displayed by Sergeant O'Brien reflects great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from Delaware.

O'Cain, PFC Henry L. (27th Inf. Rgt., 25ID) (GO55, 13Aug50)

Ocasio, SGT 1C Angel (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

O'Connor, 1LT David F.

Headquarters 2d Infantry Division
General Orders No. 119 - 1 March 1952

First Lieutenant David F. O'Connor, 01861562, (then Second Lieutenant), Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company F, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, distinguished himself by heroic achievement on 23 September 1951 in the vicinity of Yanggu, Korea. On this date while attacking hostile outpost positions along Hill 931, Company F encountered heavy resistance. Taking an exposed position, Lieutenant O’Connor directed machine gun fire in pinning down the enemy in order that his platoon could advance. As the unit neared the objective, it encountered heavy machine gun fire. Lieutenant O’Connor, with complete disregard for his personal safety, advanced through the deadly hail of hostile fire to reconnoiter the enemy positions. Observing several hostile emplacements, he directed accurate mortar fire upon them and succeeded in neutralizing them. With the objective still in the enemy’s hands, Lieutenant O’Connor ordered a bayonet assault, and under his aggressive leadership, his men succeeded in killing and routing the hostile forces from their strongholds. The heroism in action displayed by Lieutenant O’Connor is in accordance with the esteemed traditions of the military service. Entered the military service from South Dakota.

O'Connor, PVT John W. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Oda, SGT Nobuto

Odle, OVT Fred M. (24ID)

Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 80 - August 09, 1950

Private Fred M. Odle, RA16235455, Field Artillery, United States Army, a member of Battery A, 63d Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division, is awarded the Bronze Star Medal for heroism against the enemy on 14 July 1950 at Kangchi, Korea. His unit was under attack by the enemy using mortars and small arms. Private Odle had been wounded and was moving to safety when he observed a Sergeant of his unit lying wounded. He crawled back through enemy fire to the sergeant’s position. He reached the wounded soldier as another burst of fire from the enemy killed the sergeant. He then withdrew to safety. By his courage and disregard for personal safety to aid a wounded comrade, Private Odle reflects great credit on himself and the military service. Entered the service from McLeansboro, Illinois.

O'Donnell, PFC Henry J. (3rd ID)

O'Dowd, William T. Jr. (USN)

Officer, CAPT Breamon A. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Oglesbee, SGT 1C Kenneth W. (25ID)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry
General Orders No. 230 - 17 October 1950

Sergeant First Class Kenneth W. Oglesbee, RA35338243, Infantry, Company I, 35th Infantry, United States Army.  In preparing his unit for the Korean action during the period 15 July to 31 August 1950, SFC Oglesby, as company supply sergeant rendered outstanding service.  His technical knowledge of supply functions, his initiative and untiring efforts were responsible for his unit's arriving in the theater of operations fully combat equipped.  SFC Oglesbee's diligent attention to duty reflects great credit upon himself and his organization.  Entered the military service from Ohio.

O'Hara, MAJ Charles R. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ohendine, 1st LT Randolph M. (ARMY)

O'Keefe, SGT Daniel R. (3rd ID)

O'Kelley, Pfc. William S.M. (7ID, Hvy Mortar Co., 31st Regt.)

Okyen, 1LT Louis (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Olaon, CPL Francis A. (25th Med BN, 25ID) (GO98, 29Aug50)

Olivas, CPL Sefifreido S. (25ID)

Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 183 - 24 September 1950

Corporal Sefifreido S. Olivas, RA18311272, Infantry, Company G, 27th Infantry, United States Army.  On 27 July 1950 near Yongdong, Korea, Corporal Olivas was serving as forward observer for a mortar squad supporting an infantry team.  Aware that increasing hostile fire indicated possible heavy attack and feeling that from his dug-in position of relative safety he could not best direct mortar fire, he crawled forward to a higher point on the hill.  There, from an advantageous but exposed position, he directed such accurate fire that two hostile machine gun nests were neutralized, numerous enemy eliminated and the threat of imminent attack removed.  Corporal Olivas' heroic devotion to duty and outstanding technical ability are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States soldier.  Entered the military service from California.

Oliver, PVT Enzo A. (3rd ID)

Oliver-Maczo, CPL Ismail (3rd ID)

Olmeda, MSGT Hipolito (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Olsen, 2LT Hans G. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Olsen, Lester W.

General Orders No. 91 - 25 November 1950
Headquarters 7th Division

Master Sergeant Lester W. Olsen, RA6816760, Infantry, United States Army, while serving with Company F, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, is awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V decide for heroic action near Tok-San-ni, Korea, on 22 September 1950. On this date, Sergeant Olsen was a member of a patrol of sixty men who were clearing a small village near Tok-San-ni, when it was fired upon by a strongly entrenched enemy force of approximately one hundred fifty men. Heavy enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire scattered the patrol and pinned it down in rice paddies and ditches over an area of approximately two hundred by five hundred yards. Sergeant Olsen, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, and while exposed to heavy enemy fire, moved from one group to another and directed fire on the enemy positions. His actions were responsible for the patrol's effective return of fire and contributed immeasurably to the success of the mission. Several times Sergeant Olsen purposely exposed himself to draw fire from the enemy in order that his men could locate the enemy position. His actions on this occasion reflects great credit on himself and the military service. Entered the service from Montana.

Olsen, Cpl. Robert E. (7ID, Heavy Mortar Co., 31st Rgt.)

Olson, CPL George S. (2ID)

Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division
General Orders No. 187 - 18 June 1951

The Bronze Star Medal with V Device is awarded to Corporal George S. Olson, ER17212053, Infantry, Army of the United States, a member of Headquarters Company, 1 Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, who distinguished himself by heroic achievement on 18 May 1951 in the vicinity of Kunmul-gol, Korea. On that date, a large enemy force broke through friendly lines in an attempt to cut off and destroy the 1st Battalion. In order to hold off the enemy, Corporal Olson, accompanied by one comrade, rushed up a small knoll, where, under heavy enemy fire, they delayed the advance of the enemy until friendly troops had time to withdraw to new positions. His courageous action enabled his unit to halt the hostile advance. The heroism demonstrated by Corporal Olson reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army. Entered the military service from South Dakota.

Olson, M.E. (H&S Co., 05Mar51)

O'Neal, MAJ George A. Jr. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

O'Neill, PVT Luis Walter (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

O'Neill, Rue Jr. (USN)

Ontiveros, CPL John C. (USMC)

In the name of the President of the United States, the Commanding General, 1st Marine Division (Reinf) FMF, takes pleasure in awarding the Bronze Star Medal to Corporal John C. Ontiveros, United States Marine Corps, for service as set forth in the following citation: "For meritorious achievement in connection with operations against the enemy in Korea while serving with a Marine infantry company from 7 May 1951 to 30 March 1952. Serving as a fire team leader, Corporal Ontiveros displayed outstanding courage, initiative and devotion to duty. On one occasion when seriously wounded during an attack on heavily defended enemy positions, he refused evacuation and continued to designate targets and direct the advance of his fire team until forced to be evacuated. On 17 January 1952 when his company came under a savage attack by a reinforced enemy squad, he left the cover of his bunker, exposing himself with complete disregard for personal safety to intense enemy fire. This action, causing many enemy casualties, assisted in the final repulsing of the attack. Corporal Ontiversos' heroism and fortitude throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." Corporal Ontiveros is authorized to wear the Combat "V".

O'Regan, CPL George P. (3rd ID)

O'Reilly, SFC Hugh F. (25ID, Hq & Hq Co., 27th Rgt.)

O'Reilly, CAPT Vincent J. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Oriti, PFC Joseph (3rd ID)

Orlaski, MSGT Victor A. (24ID)

By direction of the President, Master Sergeant Victor A. Orlaski, RA36884897, Infantry, U.S. Army, a member of Company E, 5th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, is awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device for heroic achievement near Yonghwa-dong, Korea, on 22 April 1951. His company was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force deploying intense automatic weapons and small arms fire. The savage fanaticism of the enemy mass forced the friendly troops to withdraw to more strategic positions. Sergeant Orlaski, 80mm Mortar Gunner, refused to move out and, with utter disregard for his personal safety, remained in his position to continue firing his weapon despite the murderous hail of fire from the rapidly approaching enemy hordes. The accuracy and intensity of the mortar fire he provided so delayed the enemy assault that the company was able to make the withdrawal with a minimum of casualties. Having expended his ammunition, he then destroyed his weapon and dashed through the devastating enemy fire to rejoin hit unit. Sergeant Orlaski’s heroic action, outstanding devotion to duty and initiative contributed immeasurably to the success of his unit’s defense and reflect the greatest credit on himself and the U.S. Infantry. Entered service from Michigan. (24th Div GO 707, 1 Nov 1951)

Orphry, PFC Jimmie (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Orr, SGT 1C James W. (25ID)

25th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 293 - 22 October 1950

Sergeant First Class James W. Orr, RA6846102, Quartermaster Corps, 25th Quartermaster Company, United States Army. As truck platoon sergeant from 25 September to 8 October 1950 during the Korean conflict, Sergeant First Class Orr served with distinction. During the rapid advance of the leading elements of the Division, it was nece3ssary for all supplies to be sent forward from the railhead by motor transport, a distance of over 150 miles. By maintaining maximum number of vehicles operating over the route despite the constant threat of enemy action and technical failure, Sergeant First Class Orr materially assisted in accomplishing the supply mission of his unit. Sergeant First class Orr's technical knowledge and initiative reflects great credit upon himself and his organization. Entered the military service from Pennsylvania.

Ortega, CPL Anthony F. (3rd ID)

Ortega-Otero, MSGT Pedro (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz, 1LT Eulogio L. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz, CPL Gabriel A. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz, SGT Ismael (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz, CPL Juan N. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz, PFC Sigifredo

Ortiz, PFC Vidal (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz-Aponte, 1LT Pedro J. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz-Idrach, SGT Jose (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz-Moreno, 1LT Orlando (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ortiz-Rivera, CAPT Justo

Ortiz-Santiago, CPL Nestor (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Osborne, Manley C. (USN)

Osburn, CAPT Leroy (24ID)

Headquarters, 24th Infantry Division
General Orders No. 71 - August 06, 1950

Captain Leroy Osburn, O1295262, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company A, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, is awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement on 6 July 1950 near Poyontek, Korea. During the initial fire fight of his company, the organization was receiving extremely heavy artillery, small arms, and tank fire. The men were becoming confused and disorganized. Captain Osburn fearlessly exposed himself to this enemy fire, going from platoon position to position directing the fire of the men. Communications became disrupted and captain Osburn failed to received the Battalion order to withdraw. When he realized that his company had been surrounded, he ordered a withdrawal, with the First Platoon staying in position to cover the maneuver. When other elements of the company had withdrawn , Captain Osburn led the First Platoon out. After crossing about two miles of fire swept terrain, he reorganized the company had led them 15 miles to rejoin the battalion. By his coolness, courage and exemplary action, Captain Osburn inspired his entire company and brought great credit to himself and the military service. Entered the service from Madisonville, Kentucky.

Otero, SGT Antonio (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Otero-Gonzalez, CPL Jose (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Ott, PFC Raymond D. (3rd ID)

Quinones-Herandez, CPL Agustin

Outzen, SGT 1C Harris J. (24ID)

General Orders No. 56 - 24 July 1950

Sergeant First Class Harris J. Outzen, RA6871424, Infantry, U.S. Army, a member of Company D, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, is awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V Device for heroic achievement on 9 July 1950 at Chonan, Korea. Sergeant First Class Outzen’s platoon was attached to Company A which was occupying a defensive position on a hill when the enemy attacked in great strength. Sergeant First Class Outzen moved about the position directing the fires of both crew-served weapons and riflemen. At the same time, he was exposing himself continually to enemy fire. He was twice wounded by shrapnel. When the position was ordered evacuated, Sergeant First Class Outzen remained behind with his machineguns and covered the withdrawal of Company A before he led his own platoon to safety. By his heroic acts, Sergeant First Class Outzen brought great credit to himself and to the military service. Home of record: Davenport, Iowa.

Outzen was a survivor of the Bataan Death March in World War II.

Overall, SGT Ralph B. (25ID, Btry B, 90 FAB)

Overstreet, PVT William A. (65th Inf., 3rd ID)

Owen, SGT Ezekiel (2ID)

Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division
General Orders No. 73 - 19 October 1950

The Bronze Star with V Device is awarded to Sergeant Ezekiel Owen, RA37668671, Artillery, United States Army, a member of Battery A, 82d Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion (Self Propelled), 2d Infantry Division, who distinguished himself by heroic achievement on 11 August 1950 in the vicinity of Pohang-Dong, Korea. On this date, a company of our forces was isolate from its battalion by a strong and determined enemy force. Sergeant Owen volunteered as a member of an armored patrol to locate the company so that air and ground support could be utilized for the company’s fight to break its isolation. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he fought with the patrol through severe enemy small arms, machine gun and mortar fire. After locating, the company he returned with the patrol through enemy fire with vital information. The heroism displayed on this occasion by Sergeant Owen reflects great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from Iowa.

Owens, SGT Gilbert L. Jr. (2ID)

Headquarters, 2nd Infantry Division
General Orders No. 71 - 1 April 1951

The Bronze Star Medal with V Device is awarded to Sergeant Gilbert L. Owens, Jr., RA14432012, Infantry, United States Army, a member of Company E, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, who distinguished himself by heroic achievement on 12 January 1951 in the vicinity of Onenamsong, Korea. On the morning of that date the defensive positions of the company were attacked by a numerically superior enemy force, supported by machine guns and mortars. When Sergeant Owens attempted to fire upon the enemy with his machine gun he found that, due to the extreme cold, the bolt was frozen and the gun would not operate. After all attempts to operate the gun were unsuccessful, he left his position and moved across the fire-swept terrain to a point where a wounded man had dropped his rifle. Displaying complete indifference for his personal safety, he returned to his position with the weapon and ammunition and calmly proceeded to place accurate and continuous fire upon the attacking enemy. His courageous actions were an inspiration to the men around him and aided materially in repelling the enemy assault. The heroic conduct of Sergeant Owens on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from North Carolina.

Owsley, Robert T. (USN)

Ozment, CPL John R.

 

 

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