President of the United States
Distinguished Service Cross
Henry J. O'Kusky Jr.
Rank and Organization: Second
Lieutenant, Company A, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division
Date and Place: 1 July
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: Second
Lieutenant O'Kusky distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions
on 1 July 1968 while serving as a platoon leader during an assault on a
large North Vietnamese Army bunker and tunnel complex located on a hill in
triple canopy jungle, southwest of Camp Evans. He and a squad leader
fought their way to within a short distance of the nearest bunker.
Lieutenant O'Kusky then crawled into the open and threw a hand grenade
into the fortification, silencing its occupants. While advancing
alone towards the next hostile position he was wounded in the thigh by
enemy fire. Ignoring the pain of his injury and the communists'
fusillade, he continued to close on the emplacement and threw a grenade
which partially destroyed it. As Lieutenant O'kusky released the
grenade, he was fatally wounded by a burst of automatic weapon fire from a
third North Vietnamese fortification. Second Lieutenant O'Kusky'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.