President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
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.