Biography

Muetzel, Francis W. [2ndLt SS PltLdr A5thMR]

Muetzel, Francis W.

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star (Army Award) to Second Lieutenant Francis W. Muetzel (MCSN: 0-49792), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Machine Gun Platoon Leader, Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces on Obangi-ni Ridge, near Yongsan-ni, Korea, on 18 August 1950. Lieutenant Muetzel, after leading a daring assault against a strong enemy hill position, was hit above his eye by a grenade fragment. Regaining consciousness approximately two hours later, he rejoined his company, which had withdrawn for reorganization after a strong enemy counterattack, and, refusing medical attention, he devoted his energies to readying machine gun elements for another impending assault. During these preparations, Lieutenant Muetzel was hit in the right foot by sniper fire. Again refusing medical aid and evacuation, he directed the utilization of machine gun elements in the attack. His aggressiveness in combat and his fierce determination to carry on despite painful battle wounds were an inspiration to his comrades and materially aided in the capture of their objective. Lieutenant Muetzel's exemplary valor and tenacious devotion to duty reflect great credit on himself and uphold the cherished traditions of the military service. Headquarters, Far East Command, General Orders No. 6 (January 11, 1951). Entered Service From New York.