First Lieutenant Rafael A. Serra, 0938298, Infantry, Company "B", 65th
Infantry, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On 29 January 1951, near
Turung, Korea, Company "B" was in a defensive perimeter on Hill 270 when it
was attacked and surrounded by and estimated three hundred enemy armed with
grenade, automatic weapons, and mortars. During the attack a gap was opened
in the perimeter defense and the enemy started infiltrating through. Lieutenant
Serra, the company commander, realized the danger and reorganized his
company so as to plug the gap. At this time he was attacked from the rear.
He immediately called for and adjusted mortar and artillery fire to his front
and rear, disrupting the attack and forcing the enemy to retreat. The courage
and leadership displayed by Lieutenant Serra reflect great credit upon himself
and the military service. Entered the military service from Puerto Rico.
Source: Record Group 338: General Orders 3rd Infantry Division, Boxes 129 to 131 -
National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Maryland.