The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the
SILVER STAR MEDAL to
FIRST LIEUTENANT ROBERT G. WORK
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
For service as set forth in the following
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the First Lieutenant Robert G. Work, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company B, First Battalion, First Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 24 April 1951. When three of his men were wounded by hostile fire while guarding the rear of the company in a battalion attack to break out of an enemy encirclement, First Lieutenant Work skillfully maneuvered his platoon to protect the fallen Marines and the Corpsman aiding them. As the company on his flank moved beyond his position, exposing his platoon to an intense hostile small arms and automatic weapons barrage, he expertly deployed his men in the face of the devastating enemy fire, personally assisting in the evacuation of the wounded. During this most critical stage of the operations, he also directed the movement of the rear elements of other units of the battalion, aiding immeasurably in the successful battalion attack. By his outstanding courage, exemplary leadership and steadfast devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Work served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service ."