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Miguel Armando Vera

Date of birth: May 3, 1932
Date of death: September 21, 1952
Burial location: Utuado, Puerto Rico
Place of Birth: Puerto Rico, Adjuntas
Home of record: Adjuntas Puerto Rico
Status: KIA

Miguel Vera was initially awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. In 2002 a review of the DSC awards was called for by Congress, and his award was one of 24 DSCs upgraded to the Medal of Honor.


Medal of Honor

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Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Private Miguel Armando Vera (ASN: US-50110351), United States Army, for acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an automatic rifleman with Company F, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division in Chorwon, Korea, on 21 September 1952. That morning, despite suffering from wounds inflicted in a previous battle, Private Vera voluntarily left the aid station to join his comrades in an attack against well-fortified enemy positions on a hill of great importance. When the assaulting elements had moved within twenty yards of the enemy positions, they were suddenly trapped by a heavy volume of mortar, artillery and small-arms fire. The company prepared to make a limited withdrawal, but Private Vera volunteered to remain behind to provide covering fire. As his companions moved to safety, Private Vera remained steadfast in his position, directing accurate fire against the hostile positions despite the intense volume of fire which the enemy was concentrating upon him. Later in the morning, when the friendly force returned, they discovered Private Vera in the same position, facing the enemy. Private Vera's noble intrepidity and self-sacrifice saved many of his comrades' lives. Private Vera's extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 37 (April 29, 1953)

Action Date: September 21, 1952

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company F

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 38th Infantry Regiment

Division: 2d Infantry Division