Staff Sergeant
Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.)

Born December 7, 1929 in Junta, Colorado
Entered service at El Paso, Texas
Awarded posthumously for heroic action near Songuch-on on July 25, 1953
Killed in Action July 25, 1953 at age 23


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a platoon sergeant of Company F, in action against enemy aggressor forces

Participating in the defense of an outpost forward of the main line of resistance, Staff Sgt. Guillen maneuvered his platoon over unfamiliar terrain in the face of hostile fire and placed his men in fighting positions.  With his unit pinned down when the outpost was attacked under cover of darkness by an estimated force of two enemy battalions supported by mortar and artillery fire, he deliberately exposed himself to the heavy barrage and attacks to direct his men in defending their positions and personally supervise the treatment and evacuation of the wounded.  Inspired by his leadership, the platoon quickly rallied and engaged the enemy in fierce hand-to-hand combat.  Although critically wounded during the course of the battle, Staff Sgt. Guillen refused medical aid and continued to direct his men throughout the remainder of the engagement until the enemy was defeated and thrown into disorderly retreat.  Succumbing to his wounds within a few hours, Staff Sgt. Guillen, by his outstanding courage and indomitable fighting spirit, was directly responsible for the success of his platoon in repelling a numerically superior enemy force.  His personal valor reflects the highest credit upon himself and enhances the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.