The President of the United States has awarded the Silver Star to Private First Class William V. Wuorinen for gallantry in action 16 and 17 March 1953 as an infantryman assigned to 1st platoon, company L, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in the Republic of Korea.

PFC Wuorinen’s heroic actions during combat operation contributed to the overwhelming success of the Command’s mission to drive Chinese forces from Hill 355 in the vicinity of Un-Dong in North Korea. In the course of the battle, PFC Wuorinen’s position came under intense attack by hostile forces.

He and another soldier dragged a wounded senior officer into a bunker, simultaneously providing life-saving treatment to his wounds while holding off an attacking force of Chinese soldiers until reinforcements and medical personnel arrived.

His actions saved the life of the officer while engaged in an intense eight-hour battle that resulted in the deaths of eight enemy soldiers. PFC Wuorinen’s bravery is in keeping with the finest tradtions of military service and reflects credit upon himself, this command and the United States Army.

Signed the Honorable John W. McHugh, Secretary of the Army

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