MINOTER GETS BRONZE STAR FOR RESCUE IN KOREA
Master Sergeant Richard F. Crites of Minot, (North Dakota), now stationed at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin, has been awarded the bronze star medal with letter “V” attachment for “heroic achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States.”
The incident occurred on September 5, 1950, in the vicinity of Changnyong, Korea, where Crites, then sergeant first class, was serving with Company H., 23rd infantry regiment, Second Infantry Division.
He was a member of a machine gun section attached to a rifle company during an attack on an enemy-held hill. After the hill was taken, the section sergeant was wounded by enemy machine gun fire and was pinned down in an exposed position. Sergeant Crites twice attempted to rescue him, but each time was driven back by intense enemy fire. On his third attempt, he succeeded in reaching the wounded soldier and under heavy hostile fire, brought him to safety.