An American Silver Star to Jack Grieve for Action in Korea
An American Silver Star to Jack Grieve for Action in Korea- Bronze gilt with a silver star affixed to the centre on the obverse, engraved in capitals "JACK R. GRIEVE" on the reverse, 35 mm x 36 mm, original ribbon with brooch pinback, extremely fine. Accompanied by a 3rd Infantry Division Document with Citation (dated November 22, 1951, under Section I, acknowledging the award of the Silver Star to Sergeant Grieve), along with assorted research papers. Footnote: Jack R. Grieve was born on November 30, 1931. He was a resident of Essex County, New Jersey when he enlisted in the Army. RA12343251 Sergeant Grieve was with Company A, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, as an Infantry Light Weapons Assault Crewman/Light Weapons Infantry Leader in the North Korea Sector, when he was seriously wounded in action by a missile on September 29, 1951. In his Silver Star citation, published in a 3rd Infantry Division Document, dated November 22, 1951, under Section I, it describes his gallantry in action as he attacked enemy bunkers: "In the cold, early morning hours of 29 September 1951, near Ukkonggi, Korea, during "A" Company's attack of Hill 487, elements of the First Platoon were pinned down by intense fire. Sergeant GRIEVE, ordering his squad to their assistance, fearlessly led the unit forward and, in the events which followed, neutralized three enemy bunkers to free the pinned down elements and gain the crest of the hill. Completely exposing himself to the hostile fire sweeping the area, Sergeant GRIEVE, observing an enemy 120 millimeter mortar position, voluntarily and singlehandedly assaulted the emplacement and killed the five soldiers manning the weapon. Having accomplished this, he was preparing to lead an assault against another gun position when felled by enemy small arms fire. The gallant leadership and courageous aggressiveness displayed by Sergeant GRIEVE reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. Entered the military service from the State of New Jersey." He was also awarded the Purple Heart, which has been lost to time. He returned to duty with Far East Command (U.S. Army) in Japan (FECOM) on November 20, 1951. Grieve was a resident of Montgomery, Pennsylvania, when he died on June 1, 1999, at the age of 67.