COL Henry F. Jonas (Ret.) (Chaplain)

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HQ HQ CO 1953-1954, Silver Star, Bronze Star, served for 30 yrs. (Deceased 2009)

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SILVER STAR CITATION

Chaplain (First Lieutenant) HENRY F. JONAS, 01119072, Chaplains Corps, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 65th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, United States Army. On the night of 14 June and during the early morning hours of 15 June 1953, in the vicinity of Sagimak, Korea, Company “E” attacked an enemy held outpost known as Hill “412”. During the attack, the objective and all approaches were subjected to intense artillery, rocket and mortar and small arms concentrations. As casualties began returning to the lines, Chaplain JONAS, with complete disregard for his personal well-being, moved down the safe lane to meet and guide them to safety and medical aid. He moved about, giving comfort and encouragement to the wounded and guided blinded men to safety. Observing indigenous litter bearers wandering about in confusion, he organized them into efficient litter teams and led them to the casualties. One walking wounded had lost his steel helmet and Chaplain JONAS immediately gave his own helmet to the wounded man, continuing through the fire without this protection. When the wounded asked for water, he appeared with a supply and saw that each man had some, depending on the nature of the wounds. When casualties could not be evacuated by litter teams, he personally carried several men to the comparative safety of the lines. Chaplain JONAS’ outstanding gallantry and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the Federal Service from California.  General Orders # 317 – 5 August 1953

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