By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded


Joe L Schubert



Rank and Unit:  Private First Class, Company A, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division

Date and Place:  24 October 1967,  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 Schubert distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 24 October 1967 while serving as senior medical aidman to an infantry company conducting a search and destroy operation deep in enemy territory.  As the company was moving through thick jungle underbrush, the lead element was savagely attacked by a well camouflaged Viet Cong squad, and suffered several wounded troops.  When he heard their urgent pleas for medical aid, Private Schubert, without hesitation, rushed to treat his stricken comrades.  Despite the intensity of the hostile fire, he courageously moved through the bullet swept area to within fifteen meters of a Viet Cong emplacement and administered first aid to a seriously injured soldier.  While treating the casualty, Private Schubert was wounded by a burst of enemy automatic weapons fire.  Despite his wound, he gallantly began moving from one casualty to the next, applying his skill until he had expended his medical supplies.  He then crawled back to the friendly positions, resupplied himself and returned to continue his lifesaving mission amid the hail of enemy bullets.  He received a mortal wound as he feverishly treated his fallen  comrades.  Private First Class Schubert'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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