By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 


Darrell W. Campbell


Rank and Organization:   Specialist Four, HHC, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

Date and Place:  13 February 1968,  Republic of Vietnam

Reason:    For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.  Specialist Four Campbell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 February 1968 as a medic attached to A Company 1st Battalion 5th Cavalry at a forward operations base in Quang Tri Province. 

The base came under intense fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit employing small arms, grenades, rockets and satchel charges.  In the initial minutes of the attack several men were wounded.  Hearing their cries for help, Specialist Campbell rushed from his foxhole to administer medical aid.  As he was moving an injured soldier to a protected area, he was wounded in both legs and the face by an exploding charge.  Partially blinded and in intense pain from his wounds, Specialist Campbell nevertheless continued to treat his comrades.  He went from position to position through the fierce barrage, dragging the more seriously injured to cover in the center of the camp's perimeter.  Only after all other casualties had been evacuated, did he allow himself to be removed from the battle area.  

Specialist  Four Campbell's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. 



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