By Direction

of the

President of the United States

The

Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded

To

Robert S. Hardison

(Posthumously)

 

 

Rank and Unit:  Private First Class, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division

Date and Place:  27 March 1969,  Republic of Vietnam

Reason:   For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  Private First Class Hardison distinguished himself by valorous actions on 27 March 1969 as a platoon medic during a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Landing Zone Cider in Kontum Province.  The men in the point element engaged several North Vietnamese Army soldiers.  As the remainder of the platoon moved forward to assist them, ferocious B-40 rocket, mortar, automatic weapons and small arms fire erupted from three sides.  Seeing numerous casualties in the enemy killing zone, Private Hardison repeatedly braved the devastating fire to administer medical treatment and instruct others in caring for the injured.  Rescuing the wounded from under the communist' fusillade, he brought them to his unit's hastily formed defensive perimeter.  As the platoon was about to withdraw, he made a final check of the area where the point element had first made contact and spotted a wounded soldier lying exposed to fierce enemy fire.  Racing to the casualty, he shielded the man with his own body and was administering lifesaving first aid when he was mortally wounded by the enemy fire.  Private First Class Hardison's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, 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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