The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard L. Fleischmann (RA19315957), Private First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Medical Aidman with the 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division. Private First Class Fleischmann distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces near Changnyong, Korea, on 6 September 1950.
On the afternoon of 6 September 1950, Private First Class Fleischmann was assigned as aidman to the machine-gun platoon of Company H, 23rd Infantry Regiment. One section of the platoon came under extremely heavy machine-gun and mortar fire and the section leader was wounded. In spite of concentrated enemy fire on the immediate area, Private Fleischmann ran forward to the gun position, removed the section leader to safety, and rendered medical treatment. A few moments later, the gunner of this weapon was also wounded, and once again he ran into point-blank machine-gun fire and removed this wounded man to safety. Although wounded on the second trip to the machine-gun position, he then took over the machine-gun and held off the enemy so that the remainder of the section could reorganize and move to a better position. He remained in position firing the machine-gun until he was killed.
Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea:
General Orders No. 320 (May 17, 1951)
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