The President of the United States,
in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting
the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to:
SERGEANT FREDERICK W. MAUSERT, III
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Squad Leader in Company B,
First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 12 September 1951.
With his company pinned down and suffering heavy casualties under murderous machine-gun, rifle, artillery and mortar fire laid down from heavily
fortified, deeply entrenched hostile strongholds on Hill 673, Sergeant Mausert unhesitatingly left his covered position and ran through a heavily
mined and fire-swept area to bring back two critically wounded men to the comparative safety of the lines. Staunchly refusing evacuation despite a
painful head wound sustained during his voluntary act, he insisted on remaining with his squad and, with his platoon ordered into the assault
moments later, took the point position and led his men in a furious bayonet charge against the first of a literally impregnable series of bunkers.
Stunned and knocked to the ground when another bullet struck his helmet, he regained his feet and resumed his drive, personally silencing the
machine-gun and leading his men in eliminating several other emplacements in the area. Promptly reorganizing his unit for a renewed fight to the
final objective on top of the ridge, Sergeant Mausert boldly left his position when the enemy's fire gained momentum and, making a target of himself,
boldly advanced alone into the face of the machine gun, drawing the fire away from his men and enabling them to move into position to assault.
Again severely wounded when the enemy's fire found its mark, he still refused aid and continued spearheading the assault to the topmost
machine-gun nest and bunkers, the last bulwark of the fanatic aggressors. Leaping into the wall of fire, he destroyed another machine-gun with
grenades before he was mortally wounded by bursting grenades and machine-gun fire. Stouthearted and indomitable, Sergeant Mausert, by his
fortitude, great personal valor and extraordinary heroism in the face of almost certain death, had inspired his men to sweep on, overrun and finally
secure the objective. His unyielding courage throughout reflects the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly
gave his life for his country.
/S/HARRY S. TRUMAN