The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the
SILVER STAR MEDAL to
Sgt ANDREW M. RAY
United States Marine Corps
For service as set forth in the following
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Provisional Marine Brigade, on 17 August 1950, in the Naktong River Bulge, Korea. On 17 August 1950, Sergeant Ray, a squad leader, was assigned the mission of assaulting a hill defended by well entrenched enemy forces. Without regard for his personal safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to heavy enemy fire in coordinating and directing the advance of his squad. During this action Sergeant Ray was wounded but, despite his wound, he refused to be evacuated choosing to remain with his men until the enemy position had been taken. When ordered to withdraw, he supervised the evacuation of other wounded to safety. The gallantry displayed by Sergeant Ray on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service."