By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded


Joseph D Deleo



Rank and Unit:  Specialist Four, Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

Date and Place:  21 July 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 Deleo distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 21 July 1968 while serving as a medic on a reconnaissance patrol near Hue.  His platoon came under intense hostile fire from a well entrenched enemy force.  One man was seriously wounded and lay in the open only twenty meters to the front of a hostile automatic weapons emplacement.  attempts to rescue the man by other members of the unit were unsuccessful.  With complete disregard for his safety, Specialist Deleo advanced twenty-five meters through a hail of enemy fire to his injured comrade and administered first aid.  A rocket then exploded to his rear, seriously wounding another man.  Specialist Deleo unhesitantly moved through the continuing fusillade to the second casualty, treated his wounds and supervised his evacuation.  Almost immediately another cry for a medic came, this time to assist a soldier who had tried to extract the first casualty and was wounded only a few feet from him.  As Specialist Deleo neared the position occupied by the two men, the enemy suddenly unleashed a particularly savage barrage on their location.  He sprang forward, pulled the two soldiers close together and covered them with his body.  He was hit in both legs and in the hand by the murderous fire, completely immobilizing him.  Later, member of his element overran the aggressors and evacuated all three wounded men.  Specialist Four Deleo'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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