President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Is Awarded Posthumously
Charles T. Moore
Rank and Organization: Private
First Class, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date and Place: January 5, 1970, Republic of
Reason: For extraordinary heroism
in action, Private First Class Charles T. Moore, United States Army, distinguished
himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 5 January 1970 in the Republic of
On that date, when the First Platoon of Company D made contact with a determined enemy
force located in a well-fortified bunker complex, a friendly trooper to the front was
severely wounded. Despite his own wrist wounds, Private Moore, medical aidman for the
First Platoon, moved through the intense hail of enemy fire to treat and evacuate the
Subsequently, a rocket impacted which strafed the area with shrapnel, wounding the
First Platoon leader and further injuring Private Moore.
Again with complete disregard for his own welfare, Private Moore moved to the aid of
his platoon leader and evacuated the officer to safety.
Then, noticing that his first patient had stopped breathing, Private Moore untiringly,
and singularly performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until life and unassisted
breathing were restored.
As he was constructing a bamboo stretcher on which to carry this critically wounded
trooper, Private Moore was shot in the hip and rendered unconscious. Minutes later, he
regained consciousness, and although his many wounds now completely incapacitated his
movement and his position was exposed, he began shouting valuable instructions
concerning the necessary and vital treatment for the wounded. Even when he knew that
death was imminent,
Private Moore unselfishly ignored his pain and continued to give valuable medical
instructions. Private Moore succumbed to his wounds before he could be medically
evacuated, but not before he had saved the lives of many of his comrades through his
conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism.