President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Leslie L. Brucker
Rank and Unit:
Staff Sergeant, Detachment
B-20, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces
Date and Place:
25 August 1968, Republic of Vietnam
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations
involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of
Vietnam: Staff Sergeant Brucker distinguished himself by
exceptionally valorous actions on 25 August 1968 as a medic and platoon
leader of a mobile strike force company during an assault against
fortified positions held by North Vietnamese Army troops inside the Duc
Lap Special Forces camp. He was leading his platoon forward under
intense enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire when he saw his
company commander and a fellow medic felled by the fusillade.
Disregarding his safety, Sergeant Brucker rushed across open ground
through the withering hail of bullets to reach the fallen aidman.
while treating the medic he was asked to help carry his wounded company
commander out of the line of enemy fire. Sergeant Brucker moved
the officer to safety with the help of another American, whom he then
instructed to stop the bleeding unit he returned with his aid kit.
Ignoring a heavy concentrations of machine gun fire directed at his
position, Sergeant Brucker returned to the injured medic. As he
collected his aid kit and prepared to drag his comrade to cover, he was
mortally wounded. Staff Sergeant Brucker
extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life,
were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and
reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the Unites States Army.