By Direction

of the

President of the United States

the

Distinguished Service Cross

Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 

to

 Sherman G Fuller

 

Rank and Organization:  Sergeant, Company A, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

Date and Place:  17 December 1966, Republic of Vietnam

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  Sergeant fuller distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 December 1966 while serving as squad leader with an element of the air cavalry division during a combat air assault near Bong Son.  Immediately upon arrival, the friendly unit was engaged by a heavily armed North Vietnamese force.  In an attempt to eliminate a prime machine gun position, Sergeant Fuller advanced with a recoilless rifle team to provide covering fire while the weapon was being sighted.  Before the crew would reach a favorable position, the North Vietnamese delivered accurate, withering fire into the area, wounding two men and killing two.  Sergeant fuller realizing the critical condition of his comrades, fearlessly rushed along the battle line to obtain help.  After organizing a rescue team and directing them to the two soldiers, he went to the assistance of a wounded medical aidman.  Undaunted by the increasing firefight activity and devastating air strikes in close proximity, he began administering first aid to the man.  A North Vietnamese machine gunner then began raking the area with voluminous fire.  In a selfless display of dedicated courage, Sergeant Fuller covered his wounded comrade with his own body and was hit.  Despite his painful wound, he continued to engage the enemy until he was forced to be evacuated.  Sergeant Fuller's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty 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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