By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded


Claude Quick Jr.


Rank and Unit:  Specialist Five, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2d Battalion, 27th Regiment, 25th Infantry Division

Date and Place:  19 May 1966,  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 Five Quick distinguished himself by heroic actions on 19 May 1966 while serving as a medical aidman attached to a rifle company on a search and destroy mission when elements of the company encountered intense Viet Cong fire from automatic weapons concealed in the thick jungle foliage.  As injured Americans fell, he immediately moved through the withering enemy fire to give aid.  Approaching one injured man, he observed that his injury was of a nature that the man could not be moved.  Completely disregarding his own personal safety, he remained by the man's side, trying vainly to revive him.  Specialist Quick, although wounded himself turned his attentions elsewhere, moving to other injured soldiers, giving aid and encouragement, and directing the evacuation of the wounded.  Specialist Quick is credited with saving several lives during this action.  This outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery at risk to his own life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.


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