Recipient Detail



Rank: Private
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company G, 2d Battalion
Division: 7th Infantry, 3d Infantry Division
Born: April 29, 1933, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Departed: Yes (03/19/1967)
Entered Service At: New York
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 03/18/2014
Accredited To: New York
Place / Date: May 22-23, 1951, Changyongni, Korea


Then-Pvt. Demensio Rivera is being recognized for his actions at Changyongni, Korea, May 22-23, 1951. When the outpost area occupied by his platoon was assaulted during the night, Rivera, an automatic rifleman, held his forward position tenaciously, although exposed to very heavy fire. When his rifle became inoperative, Rivera employed his pistol and grenades, and eventually fought the enemy hand-to-hand and forced them back.