By Direction

of the

President of the United States

the

Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 

to

David R. Squires

(Posthumously)

 

Rank and Organization:  Specialist Five, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 60th Infantry, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division

Date and Place:  3 June 1968, 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 Squires distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 3 June 1968 While serving as a medic during a search and clear operation in Dinh Tuong Province.  Although his own unit was assigned to base camp security and not committed to battle, Specialist Swuires volunteered to aid another battalion which was in contact with the Viet Cong and receiving many casualties.  He was flown by helicopter to an area of fierce fighting.  once on the ground, Specialist Squites constantly exposed himself for a period of three hours to the aggressors' heavy automatic, rocket and small arms fire to administer first aid and assist in carrying wounded men to safe evacuation points.  Informed that a casualty lay exposed to the hostile fusillade only twent-five meters from a communist bunker, he went sixty meters beyond the front line to reach the man.  As he bandaged his injured comrade, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire.  his courage and professional treatment saved many lives and contributed greatly to his fellow soldiers' moral.  Specialist Five Squires' 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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