By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 


Jerry D. Evans



Rank and Organization:  Specialist Four, Company A, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division

Date and Place:  23 February 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 Evans distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 23 February 1968 as a rifleman of the an airmobile infantry company conducting an assault on a series of well fortified enemy bunker positions near Hue.  Specialist Evans' company was immobilized by heavy enemy sniper fire from one of the bunker complexes.  Realizing his unit would suffer heavy casualties unless it moved, he maneuvered across the bullet-swept terrain, attacking the bunker from which the company was receiving the most intense fire.  Without regard for his personal safety, he mounted the fortification's roof and fired inside the emplacement, eliminating four enemy troops.  Moving from the bunker, Specialist Four Evans was mortally wounded by sniper fire from another fortified position.  Specialist Four Evans' 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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