The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gilbert D. Milburn (RA16279614), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Private First Class Milburn distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Haman, Korea, on 5 September 1950.
While attached to Company A, Private Milburn voluntarily remained in position with his section when the company withdrew. Fighting off an enemy assault at about 0430 hours in the morning, Private Milburn used every weapon at his disposal and resisted the overwhelming attack until all ammunition was exhausted and he was forced to withdraw. Upon reaching the next ridgeline to the rear, Private Milburn came upon friendly troops of another unit that were completely demoralized and disorganized. Assuming leadership of this group of men, he reorganized them into a cohesive fighting force. He moved out in front of them and led them in an assault on his former position. Advancing about ten yards in front of the troops, he personally destroyed three machine-gun positions. Private Milburn was killed as he reached his objective, the top of the ridge.
Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea:
General Orders No. 405 (June 6, 1951)
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