The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*COLLIER, GILBERT G.
Rank and organization: Sergeant (then
Cpl.), U.S. Army, Company F, 223d Infantry Regiment, 40th Infantry Division. Place and
date: Near Tutayon, Korea, 19-20 July 1953. Entered service at: Tichnor Ark.
Born: 30 December 1930, Hunter, Ark. G.O. No.: 3, 12 January 1955.
Sgt. Collier, a member of Company F,
distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and indomitable courage above and beyond
the call of duty in action against the enemy. Sgt. Collier was pointman and assistant
leader of a combat patrol committed to make contact with the enemy. As the patrol moved
forward through the darkness, he and his commanding officer slipped and fell from a steep,
60-foot cliff and were injured. Incapacitated by a badly sprained ankle which prevented
immediate movement, the officer ordered the patrol to return to the safety of friendly
lines. Although suffering from a painful back injury, Sgt. Collier elected to remain with
his leader, and before daylight they managed to crawl back up and over the mountainous
terrain to the opposite valley where they concealed themselves in the brush until
nightfall, then edged toward their company positions. Shortly after leaving the daylight
retreat they were ambushed and, in the ensuing fire fight, Sgt. Collier killed 2 hostile
soldiers, received painful wounds, and was separated from his companion. Then, ammunition
expended, he closed in hand-to-hand combat with 4 attacking hostile infantrymen, killing,
wounding, and routing the foe with his bayonet. He was mortally wounded during this
action, but made a valiant attempt to reach and assist his leader in a desperate effort to
save his comrade's life without regard for his own personal safety. Sgt. Collier's
unflinching courage, consummate devotion to duty, and gallant self-sacrifice reflect
lasting glory upon himself and uphold the noble traditions of the military service.