Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division
General Orders # 82 - September 2, 1950
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant First Class William Brown (ASN: RA-13243158), United States Army, for gallantry in action while a member of Company H, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, in action at Ichon, Korea, on 30 July 1950. Sergeant First Class Brown was a member of the heavy machine gun section which was given the mission to fight a delaying action to keep the enemy out of Ichon as long as possible. Holding his machine gun position, Sergeant First Class Brown was responsible for many casualties as the first two waves of the enemy attacked and were driven off. As a third wave started to form, his machine gun ran out of ammunition, so he grabbed his individual weapon and began to fire again. Soon realizing that he was running low on small arms ammunition, he fixed his bayonet and with total disregard for his own safety, charged the enemy line until the remainder of his ammunition had been expended. He then began firing discarded enemy rifles, and throwing grenades which resulted in confusion among the enemy forcing them to retreat. The heroism displayed by Sergeant First Class Brown on this occasion reflects great credit on himself and the military service.