By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded


Raymond Ortiz


Rank and Unit:  Specialist Four, Headquarters and Company A, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

Date and Place:  3 and 4 November 1965,  Republic of Vietnam

Reason:   For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.  During the period 3 and 4 November 1965, Specialist Ortiz was serving as a medical corpsman accompanying the 3d platoon of Company A, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division on a night air assault mission of a Viet Cong held zone.  At approximately 2330 hours, 3 November 1965, after landing and leaving his troop carrying helicopter, Specialist Ortiz was wounded in his left arm which rendered it useless.  Disregarding and refusing treatment of his won painful wound, he remained with the 3d platoon during its assault on the hostile positions.  As the platoon advanced to within thirty meters of the insurgent position, he continually refused to be evacuated and personally gave aid and evacuated six of his wounded comrades.  Notwithstanding the murderous hail of hostile fire, he rushed to the aid of his platoon leader, who had been wounded and was lying in the line of the hostile barrage.  Moving forward in this attempt Specialist Ortiz was again wounded in the chest and knocked to the ground.  Although in great pain from this wound he got to his feet, continued in the valorous attempt to aid his wounded superior, and was again wounded in the chest by small arms fire.  When he was picked up for evacuation he refused aid until the rest of the wounded had been evacuated.  His gallantry under fire saved the lives of several of his comrades and greatly inspired the members of the platoon.  Specialist Ortiz's extraordinary heroism and compassion for his fellow man were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service. 





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