McGovern, Francis Jerome, 2LT

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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1950-1951, 1542, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1948 - 1951


Second Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Home State
District Of Columbia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Washington, DC
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 10, 1951
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

2nd Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (1 Combat Jump)

 Unit Assignments
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School11th Airborne Division1st Battalion, 187th Infantry (Rakkasans)3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry
2nd Infantry Division
  1950-1950, 1542, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1950-1950, 11th Airborne Division
  1950-1950, 1542, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry (Rakkasans)
  1950-1951, 1542, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry
  1950-1951, 1542, 2nd Infantry Division
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
2nd Lt. Francis Jerome McGovern graduated from OCS at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1950. He attended Airborne School and was assigned to the 187th Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, on occupation duty in Japan. After the outbreak of the Korean War, he and his brother Robert, also assigned to the regiment, parachuted into Kimpo Airfield with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team. He was later transferred to Company I, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, where he was killed in action on 10 February 1951. For his heroic actions on that day, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action.

2nd Lt. Francis Jerome McGovern is interred side by side with his brother 1st Lt. Robert Milton McGovern in Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia. Robert was also killed in action in Korea on 31 January 1951, eleven days before his brother. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action on that day.


                                 AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR  

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Infantry) Francis Jerome McGovern (ASN: 0-1913465), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action on 10 February 1951 in the vicinity of Kumwang-ni, Korea. On that date Second Lieutenant McGovern's company jumped off in an attack to seize Hill 442. After advancing approximately 300 yards, the company was halted by intense mortar, automatic weapons and small arms fire. Completely ignoring a wound which he received at this time Lieutenant McGovern, with forceful leadership, reorganized his platoon and resumed the assault. Inspired by his heroic conduct and absolute fearlessness, the platoon followed him in a fierce charge upon the hostile positions. During this attack, he was wounded a second time. The gallantry and inspirational leadership displayed by Lieutenant McGovern reflect great credit upon him and the military service.

General Orders: Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 114 (1951)
Action Date: February 10, 1951
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