By Direction

of the

President of the United States

the

Distinguished Service Cross

Is Awarded 

to

Charles T. Moore

Posthumously

 

Rank and Organization:  Private First Class,  2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division

Date and Place:  January 5, 1970, Republic of Vietnam

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in action, Private First Class Charles T. Moore, United States Army, distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action on 5 January 1970 in the Republic of Vietnam.

On that date, when the First Platoon of Company D made contact with a determined enemy force located in a well-fortified bunker complex, a friendly trooper to the front was severely wounded. Despite his own wrist wounds, Private Moore, medical aidman for the First Platoon, moved through the intense hail of enemy fire to treat and evacuate the wounded soldier.

Subsequently, a rocket impacted which strafed the area with shrapnel, wounding the First Platoon leader and further injuring Private Moore.

Again with complete disregard for his own welfare, Private Moore moved to the aid of his platoon leader and evacuated the officer to safety.

Then, noticing that his first patient had stopped breathing, Private Moore untiringly, and singularly performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until life and unassisted breathing were restored.

As he was constructing a bamboo stretcher on which to carry this critically wounded trooper, Private Moore was shot in the hip and rendered unconscious. Minutes later, he regained consciousness, and although his many wounds now completely incapacitated his movement and his position was exposed, he began shouting valuable instructions concerning the necessary and vital treatment for the wounded. Even when he knew that death was imminent,

Private Moore unselfishly ignored his pain and continued to give valuable medical instructions. Private Moore succumbed to his wounds before he could be medically evacuated, but not before he had saved the lives of many of his comrades through his conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism.

 

 

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