By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 


Hubbard D. Cobb 



Rank and Organization:  Platoon Sergeant E-7, Company A, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division 

Date and Place:  14 January 1968

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  Platoon Sergeant Cobb distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 14 January 1968 while leading his platoon in an attack near Dai Luong.  A scout helicopter, performing a reconnaissance at sergeant Cobb's request, made contact with elements of a Viet Cong regiment in a rock and cave complex in which the platoon was operating.  Sergeant Cobb deployed his troops for an assault and immediately received sporadic, but deadly rifle and grenade fire.  The initial burst wounded the two point men.  Sergeant Cobb quickly directed counter fire which accounted for two enemy dead.  He then placed himself on the point as the platoon maneuvered around a series of openings in the rocks.. Sergeant Cobb spent the next hour creeping forward to hurl explosive charges into the caves.  Disregarding his safety, he repeatedly engaged the enemy, personally killing three Viet Cong.  At dusk, as he was approaching a cave, an enemy soldier suddenly appeared and, with a burst of automatic rifle fire, mortally wounded Sergeant Cobb.  Although he was dying, Sergeant Cobb assaulted the position carrying an explosive charge and plunged headfirst into the hole, killing his foe in the resulting blast.  Platoon Sergeant Cobb'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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