President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Daniel E Evans
Rank and Unit:
Specialist Five, Company B,
4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Date and Place:
25 March 1969, Republic of Vietnam
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving
conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:
Specialist five Evans distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous
actions on 25 March 1969 while serving as medical aidman on a
reconnaissance-in-force mission near Fire support Base Danger in Kien
Phong Province. Air-inserted elements of his company were
approaching a densely vegetated woodline when they were suddenly enveloped
in a barrage of hostile automatic weapons fire from well-camouflaged
bunkers. seeing a trooper downed by the initial bursts, he crawled
through ditches and dashed over open terrain to the wounded soldier.
after dressing the soldier's critical chest wound, he dragged the casualty
on a make shift litter eith the help of another infantryman through
volleys of exploding rocket-propelled grenades to a rear area.
Following artillery and air strikes on the enemy fortifications, a second
assault was initiated on the hostile positions and immediately checked by
suppressive enemy fire. Again Specialist Evans responded to the
needs of a downed trooper. Dodging machine gun fire, he crawled and
sprinted thirty meters to the wounded man and treated him while enemy fire
saturated the area. Seeing yet another soldier hit in the storm of
bullets, he attempted several times without success to crawl to him.
Undaunted by the suppressive fire, he finally reached the casualty,
dressed his severe chest wound, and dragged him to rear safety.
Specialist Evans then darted from position to position to aid two other
wounded troopers, crawling within fifty meters of the enemy bunkers to aid
one man. Lying prone he bandaged the soldier's wounds and enlisted
fellow infantrymen to help drag the man to the rear. For more than
five hours he exposed himself to hostile fire to bring prompt medical
attention to his fallen comrades. specialist Evans' 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.