The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*MOYER, DONALD R.
Rank and organization: Sergeant First
Class, U.S. Army, Company E, 35th Infantry Regiment. Place and date: Near Seoul,
Korea, 20 May 1951. Entered service at: Keego Harbor, Oakland, Mich. Born:
15 April 1930, Pontiac, Mich. G.O. No.: 19, 1 February 1952.
Sfc. Moyer assistant platoon leader, Company E, distinguished himself by conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in
action against an armed enemy of the United Nations. Sfc. Moyer's platoon was committed to
attack and secure commanding terrain stubbornly defended by a numerically superior hostile
force emplaced in well-fortified positions. Advancing up the rocky hill, the leading
elements came under intense automatic weapons, small-arms, and grenade fire, wounding the
platoon leader and platoon sergeant. Sfc. Moyer, realizing the success of the mission was
imperiled, rushed to the head of the faltering column, assumed command and urged the men
forward. Inspired by Sfc. Moyer's unflinching courage, the troops responded magnificently,
but as they reached the final approaches to the rugged crest of the hill, enemy fire
increased in volume and intensity and the fanatical foe showered the platoon with
grenades. Undaunted, the valiant group forged ahead, and as they neared the top of the
hill, the enemy hurled a grenade into their midst. Sfc. Moyer, fully aware of the odds
against him, unhesitatingly threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full blast of the
explosion with his body. Although mortally wounded in this fearless display of valor, Sfc.
Moyer's intrepid act saved several of his comrades from death or serious injury, and his
inspirational leadership and consummate devotion to duty contributed significantly to the
subsequent seizure of the enemy stronghold and reflect lasting glory on himself and the
noble traditions of the military service.