President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Roger A. Pederson
Unit: Specialist Four, HQ
& HQ Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 5th Infantry Division
Place: 29 March 1971, Republic of Vietnam
For extraordinary heroism in connection with
Military operations involving, conflict with an armed hostile force in
the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist Four Pederson distinguished
himself as medical aidman in support of a besieged American unit.
While en route to the contact area, his convoy was ambushed by an
enemy force firing rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons.
Specialist Pederson leaped from his vehicle amid intense enemy fire
and raced forward to treat the wounded. With enemy rounds spraying
around him, Specialist Pederson treated two wounded and dragged both
to safety. Although wounded in this action, he again attempted to
reach another casualty. Ignoring his own wounds Specialist Pederson
began treating the casualty’s wounds. When a hail of bullets struck
his location, Specialist Pederson shielded the soldier with his own
body, sustaining additional wounds. Shortly thereafter he succumbed to
his own wounds. Specialist Four Pederson's extraordinary heroism and
devotion to duty at the cost of his life were in keeping of the
traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the United States Army.