Atencio, John Robert, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
3666-Company Aidman
Last MOS Group
Medical Department (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1951-1951, 2nd Infantry Division
Service Years
1950 - 1951

Private First Class

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Home Town
Last Address
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Casualty Date
Sep 03, 1951
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
Korea, North
Korean War
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Cemetery - Pomona, California
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Korean War Fallen
  1951, Korean War Fallen

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Combat Medical 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 38th Infantry2nd Infantry Division
  1951-1951, HHC, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry
  1951-1951, 2nd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
PFC Atencio entered the Army on 21 November 1950.

He served as a medic with Medical Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division in North Korea.

He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star with "V" for his conduct in Korea. He was killed at Bloody Ridge, North Korea.

He was interred in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Pomona, Californ

Silver Star

AWARDED FOR ACTIONS DURING Korean War Service: Army Division: 2d Infantry Division GENERAL ORDERS: Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 32 (January 20, 1952)

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Private First Class John R. Atencio, United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of the Medical Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy on 3 September 1951 in the vicinity of Taeusan, Korea.

On this date Private Atencio was a member of a unit assaulting strategic positions defended by a fanatically determined hostile force. During the initial phase of the attack he voluntarily exposed himself to the enemy to render aid to his wounded comrades.

Completely ignoring the danger to his own life, he advanced through the intense hostile automatic weapons fire to the sides of his fallen comrades and assisted in their evacuation. During this act, he observed a wounded soldier lying in a shell hole and half covered with water. Turning his back to the enemy in order to shield his wounded comrade with his own body, Private Atencio kneeled at the edge of the hole and pulled the man to safety. While still caring for the wounded, Private Atencio was fatally wounded.

His heroic and selfless actions saved the lives of men who might otherwise have died of their wounds and greatly inspired all who witnessed his valiant deeds. The gallantry in action and self-sacrificing spirit displayed by Private Atencio reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.
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