The President of the United States,
in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting
the MEDAL OF HONOR to:
SECOND LIEUTENANT GEORGE H. O'BRIEN JR.
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS RESERVE
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 as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company H,
Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 27 October 1952.
With his platoon subjected to an intense mortar and artillery bombardment while preparing to assault a vitally important hill position on the main
line of resistance which had been overrun by a numerically superior enemy force on the preceding night, Second Lieutenant O'Brien leaped from
his trench when the attack signal was given and, shouting for his men to follow raced across an exposed saddle and up the enemy-held hill through
a virtual hail of deadly small-arms, artillery and mortar fire. Although shot through the arm and thrown to the ground by hostile automatic-weapons
fire as he neared the well-entrenched enemy position, he bravely regained his feet, waved his men onward and continued to spearhead the assault,
pausing only long enough to go to the aid of a wounded Marine. Encountering the enemy at close range, he proceeded to hurl hand grenades into the
bunkers and, utilizing his carbine to best advantage in savage hand-to-hand combat, succeeded in killing at least three of the enemy. Struck down by
the concussion of grenades on three occasions during the subsequent action, he steadfastly refused to be evacuated for medical treatment and
continued to lead his platoon in the assault for a period of nearly four hours, repeatedly encouraging his men and maintaining superb direction of the
unit. With the attack halted, he set up a defense with his remaining forces to prepare for a counterattack, personally checking each position, attending
to the wounded and expediting their evacuation. When a relief of the position was effected by another unit, he remained to cover the withdrawal and
to assure that no wounded were left behind. By his exceptionally daring and forceful leadership in the face of overwhelming odds, Second Lieutenant
O'Brien served as a constant source of inspiration to all who observed him and was greatly instrumental in the recapture of a strategic position on the
main line of resistance. His indomitable determination and valiant fighting spirit reflect the highest credit upon himself and enhance the finest
traditions of the United States Naval Service.
/S/ DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER