By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded


Vernon C Wilderspin



Rank and Unit:  Specialist Four, Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division

Date and Place:  31 January 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 Four Wilderspin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 31 January 1968 as medical aidman for an armor platoon on a combat mission near Tan Son Nhut Air Base.  His unit was moving to engage a combined Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army force which had attacked the air base.  It was suddenly subjected to intense automatic weapons and and anti-tank rocket fire from the numerically superior enemy.  Specialist Wilderspin unhesitantly leaped from his armored personnel carrier to administer first aid to wounded comrades.  Exposing himself to a devastating curtain of hostile fire, he gallantly moved throughout the raging battlefield to conduct his lifesaving mission.  After aiding many casualties, including his seriously wounded platoon leader, Specialist Wilderspin saw his platoon sergeant lying helplessly wounded in an open area.  With a hail of enemy bullets striking all around him, he fearlessly raced to the side of his smitten comrade and performed skillful emergency medical treatment which saved the man's life.  Just as he had finished tending the platoon sergeant's wounds, Specialist Wilderspin was hit by the withering hostile fire and instantly killed.  Specialist Four Wildersin'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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