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John E. Orlicki

Home of record: West Virginia


Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Second Korean Conflict

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Specialist John E. Orlicki, United States Army, for exceptional valor and gallantry in action while serving as Team Leader, Joint Security Force Company, United Nations Command Security Force at Panmunjom, Korea, on 23 November 1984. In reaction to thirty attacking North Korean soldiers in pursuit of a Soviet defector, Specialist Orlicki's aggressive actions were instrumental in defeating the enemy. He was responsible for providing sustained suppressive fires and stopping the enemy force with an M-203. Throughout the intense firefight, Specialist Orlicki displayed a complete disregard for his own personal safety while accomplishing his mission. Specialist Orlicki's bravery and aggressive performance of duty under extremely hazardous circumstances are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect great credit upon him, the United Nations Command and the United States Army.

Action Date: 23-Nov-84

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist

Company: Joint Security Force Company

Division: United Nations Command Security Force