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First Name: George

Last Name: Libby

Birthplace: Bridgton, ME, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Waterbury, CT
Middle Name: Dalton

Date of Birth: 04 December 1919

Date of Death: 20 July 1950

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: ? - 1950
George Dalton Libby

•  Korean War (1950 - 1953)


George Dalton Libby
Sergeant, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Korean War

George Dalton Libby was born on 23 November 1919 in Bridgton, ME. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on 20 July 1950.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company C, 3d Engineer Combat Battalion, 24th Infantry Division

Place and date: Near Taejon, Korea, 20 July 1950

Entered service at: Waterbury, CT. Birth: Bridgton, ME.

G.O. No.: 62, 2 August 1951


Sgt. Libby distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action. While breaking through an enemy encirclement, the vehicle in which he was riding approached an enemy roadblock and encountered devastating fire which disabled the truck, killing or wounding all the passengers except Sgt. Libby. Taking cover in a ditch Sgt. Libby engaged the enemy and despite the heavy fire crossed the road twice to administer aid to his wounded comrades. He then hailed a passing M-5 artillery tractor and helped the wounded aboard. The enemy directed intense small-arms fire at the driver, and Sgt. Libby, realizing that no one else could operate the vehicle, placed himself between the driver and the enemy thereby shielding him while he returned the fire. During this action he received several wounds in the arms and body. Continuing through the town the tractor made frequent stops and Sgt. Libby helped more wounded aboard. Refusing first aid, he continued to shield the driver and return the fire of the enemy when another roadblock was encountered. Sgt. Libby received additional wounds but held his position until he lost consciousness. Sgt. Libby's sustained, heroic actions enabled his comrades to reach friendly lines. His dauntless courage and gallant self-sacrifice reflect the highest credit upon himself and uphold the esteemed traditions of the U.S. Army.

Other Medals

In addition to the Medal of Honor, Sergeant Libby was awarded the Purple Heart.

Death and Burial

Sergeant George Dalton Libby was killed in action on 20 July 1950. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, Section 34, Lot 1317.

Honoree ID: 28   Created by: MHOH




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