By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 


Douglas M. McCrary



Rank and Organization:  First Lieutenant, Company C, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

Date and Place:  16 February 1967, Republic of Vietnam

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  First Lieutenant McCrary distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 16 February 1967 while serving as a platoon leader with elements of the 7th Cavalry engaged with a well entrenched enemy force.  When the two lead platoons came under intense insurgent fire, Lieutenant McCrary quickly directed a twelve man security team forward to outflank the hostile positions.  However, as the team approached the objective, it was suddenly pinned down by devastating fire from concealed enemy bunkers.  Realizing the urgency of the situation, Lieutenant McCrary started maneuvering the rest of the platoon toward the besieged force.  After advancing to a position near the team, he called for his men to provide suppressive fire as he fearlessly crawled across the bullet-swept field alone.  Upon reaching the stranded element, Lieutenant McCrary began to move among the endangered men, treating the wounded and shouting encouragement.  Seeing one stricken man lying exposed across a dike, he tossed a smoke grenade to provide cover and then charged forward through a hail of insurgent bullets.  But as he started to pull the man to safety, the smoke dissipated and Lieutenant McCrary was mortally wounded.  His boundless courage and selfless sacrifice in trying to save a fellow soldier will serve as a source of lasting inspiration to all those who knew him.  First Lieutenant McCrary'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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