By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded




Rank and Unit:  Specialist Four, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Date and Place:  15 April 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: Specialist Four Nedolast distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 15 April 1969 while serving as a medical aidman for a reconnaissance-in-force mission in the jungles northwest of Dau Tieng. In the first moments after a North Vietnamese force launched an attack on his troop, the foremost tank was hit by an enemy rocket. Observing that the explosion had halted the vehicle and wounded the entire crew, Specialist Nedolast dashed forward through the hostile barrage to assist the casualties. As he was mounting the track, a second rocket struck the vehicle and knocked him to the ground. He remounted the vehicle and pulled the wounded driver from his compartment carrying him to a safe location. Twice he returned through the fierce fusillade to remove injured crew members from the hazardous area. As the battle raged, Specialist Nedolast moved about the combat zone, treating wounded soldiers and assisting in their evacuation. Through his endeavors, thirteen men were successfully extracted and many lives were saved. Specialist Four Nedolast'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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