Virginia Heroes

Lloyd Eugene Beltz

Private, Army

Born: January 21, 1931
Hometown: Hampton
Served In: Korea
Casualty Date: October 5, 1951
Died In: Yunchon, Korea
Awards: Army Distinguished Service Cross Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart, United Nations Medal

Private Beltz served with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division.

His Distinguished Service Cross citation reads: “The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lloyd E. Beltz (RA24289099), Private, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment (Infantry), 1st Cavalry Division. Private Beltz distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces at Yonchon, Korea, on 5 October 1951. On that date, Private Beltz’s platoon was ordered to attack and secure commanding terrain tenaciously defended by superior enemy forces. Having advanced to within seventy-five yards of the objective, the platoon was pinned down by intense fire from two enemy machine-gun nests and sustained several casualties. On his own initiative, Private Beltz cradled his light machine-gun in his arms and advanced on the enemy entrenchments. In spite of the intense fire, seemingly directed only at him, Private Beltz, alone and unaided, dispersed and destroyed the enemy position. As the platoon moved forward to join him, Private Beltz charged the last, slightly lower fringe of terrain from which enemy fire emanated and, with very little ammunition remaining in his belt, successfully dispersed the enemy and secured the objective. In the last stages of the attack, he was mortally wounded by machine gun fire from an adjacent hill.”

He is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Hampton, Virginia.

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