Richard Wright Hayward V
Brigadier General, United States Marine Corps
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard W. Hayward, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Commanding Officer of the Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces near Mundong, Korea, during the period from 31 May 1951 through 2 June 1951.
Committed to secure strategically important key ground north of Mundong, Colonel Hayward displayed superb leadership and rare provision, directed the operations of his regiment. Traveling over a narrow mountain pass, hampered by driving rain and mud impeding movement by vehicle, Colonel Hayward supervised the movement of vital supplies to his assaulting units by foot, through treacherous, rugged terrain.
When the First Battalion met stubborn resistance and its advance was retarded, Colonel Hayward, under intense mortar, artillery and small-arms fire, fearlessly proceeded to the forward battalion observation post to reconnoiter and evaluate the situation and deploy his troops for maximum support. Colonel Hayward skillfully deployed the Second Battalion as an enveloping force from high ground in a coordinated attack with the First Battalion. Moving his command post to the assaulting battalion to direct and coordinate the attack of the two battalions, he relentlessly pressed the assault and secured the strongpoint.
General Headquarters Far East Command: General
Order No. 207 (August 13, 1951)
HAYWARD, ELIZABETH M
Posted: 4 September 2006