This is what a hero looks like to me. This is my uncle who served in Korea. And like others said before , he did not talk about this. He would just say he served in Korea. Even after I joined the Marine Corps he never mentioned this.
Robert E. Graham
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DURING Korean War
Service: Marine Corps
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.)
Headquarters, X Corps, General Orders No. 178 (August 16, 1951)
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 Corporal Robert E. Graham, Jr. (MCSN: 632905), United States Marine Corps, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 20 May 1951. On that date, Company A was occupying positions near Hill 441 when attacked by a numerically superior enemy force. Corporal Graham immediately moved to a machine gun and began firing on the enemy. Although painfully wounded, he continued to fire until he observed a wounded Marine lying in an exposed position. He voluntarily crossed the open, fire-swept terrain, and, with complete disregard for his personal safety, moved the wounded man to a position of comparative safety. Corporal Graham then returned to his machine gun and continued to fire at the enemy. His actions contributed immeasurably to the successful repulsion of the enemy attack. The gallantry and outstanding devotion to duty displayed by Corporal Graham on this occasion reflect great credit on himself and the military service.
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