By Direction

of the

President of the United States


Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 


Dan L. Neely



Rank and Organization:  Private First Class, Company B, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Air Cavalry Division

Date and Place:  1 March 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:  Private First Class Neely distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions n 1 March 1968 as radio-telephone operator of an airmobile infantry company on a search and destroy mission northwest of Hue.  One of the company's platoons made contact with an estimated company of North Vietnamese Army regulars and immediately suffered several casualties.  A reinforcement platoon moved up to assist and became pinned down behind a small bush line.  Several medics attempted to crawl forward to give aid to the wounded who were lying in exposed positions, and they were hit by the enemy fire as they advanced.  Private Neely began to move from position to position, exposing himself to the fusillade to collect hand grenades.  Discarding his equipment and carrying only grenades and medical bandages, he then crawled forward toward the casualties.  He maneuvered to within a few meters of a Viet Cong bunker and threw grenades at it in an attempt to silence its weapons.  The attempt failed and he was driven back by a fierce enemy barrage.  While the reinforcement platoon concentrated covering fire on the enemy position, Private Neely again moved forward, this time succeeding in reaching one of the wounded medics.  After applying first aid to the man, he dragged him back to the relative safety of the friendly force's p perimeter.  Private Neely secured a further supply of grenades and attempted to return to the remaining wounded.  While crawling forward in the face of withering fire, throwing hand grenades at the enemy, he was mortally wounded.  Private Neely'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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