Joseph Tedesco was awarded the silver star during the Korean War. His official citation reads as follows:
“The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Corporal Joseph E. Tedesco, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a member of Company A, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action on 14 October 1951 in the vicinity of Mundung-ni, Korea. On that date, during an attack on a well-fortified and strategic enemy-held hill, Corporal Tedesco displayed dauntless courage and cool behavior before the enemy. Despite the intense hostile small arms, automatic weapons and grenade fire, he led his men through the heavily wooded terrain and skillfully maneuvered them toward the enemy positions. In the course of this action, he was knocked down by an enemy grenade burst but immediately rose and continued in the assault, personally inflicting numerous casualties upon the enemy. His actions were an inspiration to the men of his unit and aided immeasurably in the success of the attack.”
We honor you, Joseph Tedesco.