"These actions reflect great credit upon the individual soldier, the Special Forces, and the United States Army, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service."

MOST OF THESE AWARDS WERE REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES BY THE LATE AL GLIEM (COL, RET.)

Award Citations for

Project OMEGA (B-50) Operations 1966-68

This web page is intended to collect and catalog information about specific B-50 operations 1966-1968, particularly cross-border operations under Operation Daniel Boone. There is an unavoidable confusion regarding B-50 (OMEGA) and B-56 (SIGMA) contributions to Daniel Boone, but B-56 will be the subject of a future expansion of this website. If you were involved with these operations, we welcome your email comments. Please sign your email and specify the unit you were assigned to (B-50, 20th SOS, 195th AHC, 20 TASS), your duty assignment (RT XYZ 1-0, gunship crew chief, "Mike" FAC), who else was with you (on your team, in your crew) and the time frame of your assignment as well of the details of the specific operation you are making a comment on.

In-Country Operations - 1966

660910-660920 (1-66)

661001-661030 CLINTON (2-66)

Date action;. 30 September 1966

WHITTING, SC0TT J SERGEANT Detachment A-503

Awarded: Soldier's Medal

RV GO 67/0433 - 30 January 1967

"Sergeant Whitting distinguished himself by valorous actions on 30 September 1966 while serving as company medic during a search and clear operation near Dak To. Sergeant Whitting had crossed a river on a two-rope bridge and stationed himself to protect the crossing. The weapons platoon leader, car-rying two heavy mortar shells in his pack, slipped from the ropes and fell into the river. Without hesitation, Sergeant Whitting dove in and swam to the struggling man. Despite the heavy load which dragged them under several times in the rapid current, he never released his grip. Using a bend in the river to his advantage, he pulled the exhausted soldier to the bank, carried him fifteen meters up the slope, and treated him to revive and calm him."

Date action: 3 October 1966

WARCZAK, DAVID J SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 68/2726 - 6 June 1968

"Sergeant First Class Warczak distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 3 October 1966 as team leader of a four-man Special Forces recon-naissance patrol that had penetrated deep into hostile territory. Having made contact with two squads of Viet Cong, Sergeant Warczak and his patrol were engaged in an intense firefight when his assistant team leader was seriously wounded. Without thought for his personal safety, he ran through devastating hostile fire to the wounded man, dragged him into a position of relative safety, and administered first aid. When the extraction aircraft arrived overhead, he realized that it would be unable to help the team at its present location due to the impenetrable vegetation. Sergeant Warczak lifted the wounded man and carried him through the thick brush toward a clear landing zone. Constantly subjected to intense hostile fire, he moved over one hundred meters to the landing zone, waited until his teammates had been extracted then boarded the helicopter. His courage against a numerically superior enemy force turned the tide in what could have been a fatal situation."

Date action: 20 October 1966

PIERCY, NORMAN R MASTER SERGEANT

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 67/5245 - 13 October 1967

"Master Sergeant Piercy (then Sergeant First Class) distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 October 1966 while serving as team leader of a six man Special Forces reconnaissance team on a combat mission deep in hostile territory. While attempting to land, the infiltration aircraft was brought under intense hostile ground fire. Sergeant Piercy directed hart men to fire on the enemy positions while the pilot maneuvered over the area, since the savage barrage prevented landing. He immediately called for gunships to cover the operation and again attempted to land. The ship received another tremendous barrage of fire, but landed under cover of friendly air strikes. The landing zone was swept by withering fire, but he led his non through the enemy lines surrounding the area. By skillful maneuvering, he was able to break contact with the pursuing insurgents and locate the hostile battalion base camp suspected in the area. He immediately directed air strikes on the camp and remained in the area until the position was completely destroyed. Returning to the landing zone, he once again passed through enemy lines s surrounding the area. As the helicopter came in, three insurgents appeared in the opening to shoot down the craft. Sergeant Piercy directed a heavy volume of fire on the enemy and succeeded in silencing them. He led his men across the bullet riddled opening to the waiting aircraft and waited on the ground until all his men were aboard. After taking off, he directed gunships on the hostile positions until they were destroyed."

Date action: 27 October 1966

MYERS, DONALD L. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 67/5002 - 2 October 1967

"Sergeant First Class Myers distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 27 October 1966 while serving as Special Forces team leader of a reconnaissance team on a combat mission deep in hostile territory. While moving through thick jungle late in the afternoon, his patrol was suddenly at-tacked by a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Sergeant Myers exposed himself to the intense fire to direct his men in repulsing the attack. Quickly moving into a defensive perimeter, he tried to radio friendly forces for support. Unable to make contact, he called in air strikes within thirty meters of his position and exposed himself to direct gunships on the enemy positions. When the enemy started to pull back, he called for exfiltration helicopters to evacuate the team. Seeing that the helicopters could extract only one man at a time, he stayed on the ground to cover the operations. The insurgents launched a furious assault on his position in an attempt to shoot down the hovering aircraft, but he remained in the open and drove off the attack at point blank range. Only when he was sure that his men were safe did he allow himself to be hoisted to safety."

Date action: 27 October 1966

SHRIVER, JERRY M STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 67/4999 - 1 October 1967

"Staff Sergeant Shriver distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 27 October 1966 while serving as assistant team leader of a four man Special Forces reconnaissance team on a combat mission deep in hostile territory. While moving through thick jungle terrain, his team was attacked by a numerically superior Viet Cong force. Sergeant Shriver and his men succeeded in repulsing the first attack and immediately pulled back into a defensive perimeter. He then moved out of the perimeter to reach the body of a dead insurgent in an attempt to gain intelligence material. The Viet Cong had removed all equipment from the body so he moved back passing with-in ten meters of two insurgents. He attempted to make radio contact with friendly forces but was unable to in the thick terrain. The enemy forces soon surrounded his team but he directed heavy fire on them and repulsed their numerous probes. Finally making contact, he called in air strikes on the Viet Cong positions to cover evacuation operations. Because of the terrain and heavy firing, the helicopters were only able to hoist one man at a time. Sergeant Shriver volunteered to remain on the ground to cover the operations and directed deadly fire on the concentrated attacks by the hostile soldiers. Ignoring the hail of bullets striking around him, he fought furiously until all his men were aboard."

 

661109-661204 BLACKHAWK I (3-66)

661212-670112 BLACKHAWK II (3-66)

In-Country Operations - 1967

670122-670212 STARK(1-67)

670303-670403 DAWES (2-67)

SGT HB Carpenter MIA-BNR (6)

Date action: 24 March 1967

KEPHART, TIMOTHY G STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 67/6081 - 24 November 1967

"Staff Sergeant Kephart distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 24 March 1967 while serving as team leader of a six man Special Forces reconnaissance team on a combat mission near Dak To. While deployed near a trail to observe enemy activity in the area, Sergeant Kephart detected two North Vietnamese soldiers moving toward his position. He calmly waited until they came within two meters of his position and jumped onto the trail. With his weapon aimed at the enemy soldiers, he ordered them both to stop. They attempted to shoot him, and one of his men, but he quickly killed one insurgent while a comrade shot the other. Sergeant Kephart moved to search the body for intelligence material but was forced to take cover under a savage barrage from a numerically superior hostile force advancing on his position. He saw one of his men wounded by the intense fire and completely ignored his own safety to move to his aid. With bullets striking all around him, he treated the casualty and carried him to safety. He called for rescue aircraft and personally carried the wounded man through a hail of automatic weapons fire to a landing zone. His fearless leadership enabled the team to escape the overwhelming enemy force in the face of grave danger."

Date action: 24 March 1967

MARTIN, DONALD C SERGEANT

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 67/6082 - 24 November 1967

"Sergeant Martin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 24 March 1967 while serving as assistant team leader of a Special Forces reconnaissance patrol on combat operations deep in hostile territory. While deployed along a trail to observe enemy activity in the area, Sergeant Martin detected a hostile soldier aiming at his team leader from behind. Completely ignoring his own safety, he dove into the middle of the path and killed the insurgent with an accurate burst as he hit the ground. He quickly moved forward to search the body, but was driven back by a withering barrage from a numerically superior North Vietnamese force advancing on his position. Realizing that any information would be lost if his lines were overrun, he moved through a hail of bullets to search for intelligence materials. He crawled among the enemy dead and wounded collecting all valuable intelligence materials. An enemy casualty next to him received three bullets which were fired at him. Despite bullets striking all around him, he ran back to his perimeter and radioed for rescue helicopters to make an immediate extraction. He fought furiously against the advancing hostile force until the evacuation aircraft moved in and carried his team to safety."

670415-0515 BUCKNER (3-67)

Date action: 22 April 1967

PATTERSON, RODERICK STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/0775 - 21 May 1968

"Sergeant Patterson distinguished himself by valorous actions on 22 April 1967 while serving as the assistant patrol leader of a six man Special Forces long rang reconnaissance patrol operating deep in enemy held territory. By rushing across an open area under intense hostile automatic weapons fire, he reached a position from which he could place suppressive fire on the enemy allowing his team leader to escape from a position he was trapped in under heavy fire. Again exposing himself to intense hostile automatic weapons fire, Sergeant Patterson left a position of safety along a riverbank to provide fire to hold back the pursuing enemy force and allow the team to cross a river."

Date action: 24 April 1967

LANGSTON, ROY S., JR. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0367 30 March 1968

"Sergeant Langston distinguished himself by valorous actions on 24 April 1967 while serving as the assistant patrol leader of a six man reconnaissance team operating deep in hostile territory. By completely disregarding his own safety and jumping from a helicopter in flight to the aid of his team leader who was inured on the ground, he saved the team leader's life, On the ground Sergeant Langston added first aid to the inured man and directed gun ships to fire on the advancing enemy who was within fifty meters of hip position. He then carried his injured team leader to the exfiltration aircraft (the third to attempt the extraction) and lifted him aboard."

Date action: 26 April 1967 to 2 May 1967

NUQUI, ROLAND STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster) with "V" Device

RV GO 67/5153 - 9 October 1967

"Staff Sergeant Nuqui distinguished himself by valorous actions during the period 26 April to 2 May 1967 while serving as a member of a six man Special Forces reconnaissance team on a reconnaissance and surveillance mission in the Plei Trap Valley. Seeing a ,group of Viet Cong working in a field shortly after infiltration, Sergeant Nuqui and three others kept watch on them while the other members crept to a nearby house and captured four prisoners, He quickly called for helicopters to carry the prisoners to camp for interrogation. A short time later his patrol was detected and had to be exfiltrated. Returning to the area the next day, his team again made contact with numerous Viet Cong patrols. While evading the pursuing insurgents, the patrol detected a large hostile force moving nearby. Moving to within ten meters of to trails Sergeant Nuqui counted over a battalion moving through the jungle. Quickly radioing his base, he called in numerous air strikes on the battalion completely disorganizing the insurgents. Moving rapidly toward a landing zone, he led his men past scattered elements of the enemy force. The landing zone came under heavy attack as the helicopter flew in, but he again called in air strikes and directed a heavy volume of rifle fire on the insurgents to cover the operation."

 

670617-24 FTX CALKIN

670708-0903 MARCH I (4-67)

670919-1030 MARCH II (4-67)

 

Daniel Boone Operations - 1967

MONTH

TEAMS LAUNCHED

TEAMS ENTERING CAMBODIA

JUL

7

4

AUG

7

2

SEP

11

8

OCT

12

9

NOV

19

15

DEC

49

25

TOTALS

99

63

In May?, 1967. 1LT Delbert T Rasmussen, with SSG Timothy G Kephart, SFC Kenneth J. "KJ" Carpenter, SSG Roland Nuqui, SFC Jerry M Shriver, SSG William T "Bill" Tibbit, SFC Ben D. Snowden, SGT Ronnie L. Allen and others to went to FOB #2 and formed 8 teams for Daniel Boone Operations.

Date action: 2 May 1967

SHRIVER, JERRY M SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Third Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/0327 - 26 March 1968

5SF GO 68/0401 - 3 April 1968 (amended)

"Sergeant Shriver distinguished himself by valorous actions on 2 May 1967 while serving as the patrol leader of a long range patrol operating deep in hostile territory. When the team became completely surrounded by a North Vietnamese Company, Sergeant Shriver voluntarily exposed himself to the enemy, drawing the majority of the hostile fire from his team members and thus allowing them to escape through a weak point in the enemy lines. The exceptionally valorous action of Sergeant Shriver were responsible for saving the lives of five of his fellow soldiers."

Date action: 2 May 1967

SCHNESE, CALVIN G SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO 68/1993 - 2 May 1968

"Sergeant First Class Schnese distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 May 1967 as assistant patrol leader of a six-man Special Forces long range reconnaissance team operating in enemy territory. His team had halted near the construction site of a large enemy camp when it was discovered and surrounded by a large Viet Cong force. While the patrol leader called for air support, Sergeant Schnese crawled to within a few meters of the encircling enemy lines, located a weak point and returned to the team's location. The tactical aircraft arrived overhead and began firing rockets at Viet Cong positions. Braving intense small arms fire, Sergeant Schnese led his fellow soldiers through the lightly defended point he had discovered to relative safety outside the enemy lines while the team leader remained behind to adjust the airstrikes. Sergeant Schnese then courageously exposed himself to the insurgents and placed fierce fire on them to draw their attention and fire away from his trapped comrade, enabling him to escape."

Date action: 6 May 1967

MYERS, DONALD L SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0906 - 3 June 1968

"Sergeant Myers distinguished himself by valorous actions on 6 May 1967 while serving as the patrol leader of a six man Special Forces long range reconnaissance patrol operating deep in enemy-bald territory. Realizing that he could not move from his place of concealment without being detected by the North Vietnamese company that had moved into the area, Sergeant Myers gallantly took them under fire with such a savage burst that fifteen of the enemy were killed or severely wounded instantly. The ferocity of the attack forced the enemy to retreat into their own punji stakes. Thinking only of the casualties he could produce, Sergeant Myers stepped from his concealed position into the open and unleashed a murderous volley of fire on the enemy, inflicting many more casualties on them and further disorganizing them."

670615 Extraction

SFC BD Snowden KIA

Date action: 15 July 1967

STEVENS, LOWELL W SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Silver Star

RV GO RV/1992 - 2 May 1968

"Sergeant First Class Stevens distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 15 July 1967 as Special Forces team leader of a six-man patrol on a reconnaissance mission in enemy territory. The patrol had just completed a helicopter infiltration when it was subjected to intense automatic weapons fire from a North Vietnamese Army company in well fortified positions on three sides of the landing zone. Forming his troops in a hasty perimeter, Sergeant Stevens directed helicopter gunship strafing runs against the entrenched enemy. A rescue helicopter attempted to extract the surrounded patrol from the landing zone but was riddled by a savage hostile fusillade and forced to depart. Sergeant Stevens then led his comrades to a relatively secure position, adjusted napalm and bomb strikes of friendly fighter aircraft on the North Vietnamese, and guided his team aboard a second evacuation helicopter. As the ship ascended, it was hit by a hail of enemy bullets and forced to crash land. Braving relentless hostile fire, Sergeant Stevens led his team and the helicopter crew members from the wreckage into the nearby jungle and directed tactical aircraft in a devastating air attack which finally silenced the North Vietnamese. His fearless leadership saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and resulted in forty-three enemy killed."

 

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 29 JUL TO 4 AUG 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. ONLY TWO RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING THIS REPORTING PERIOD (WITH ONE OF THESE TEAMS REMAINING IN VICINITY OF TARGET AREA), WHILE SCHEDULED LAUNCHING OF THREE TEAMS WAS POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT LEVEL, RT PICK, AND RT SQUARE.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 12 TO 18 AUG 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. THREE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD (WITH ONLY ONE RT ENTERING CAMBODIA), WHILE ONE RT WAS EXTRACTED UNDER FIRE DURING REPORTING PERIOD. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT SQUARE, RT LEVEL, AND RT HAMMER.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 19 TO 25 AUG 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. ONLY ONE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSION (WHICH DID NOT ENTER CAMBODIA) WAS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD, SINCE LAUNCH OF ANOTHER RT WAS POSTPONED INDEFINITELY BECAUSE OF REPORTED INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION VISIT NEAR TARGET IN SE SAN AREA OF CAMBODIA. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT PLANE AND RT LEVEL.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 26 AUG TO 1 SEP 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. ONLY TWO RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS (RT SAW AND RT HAMMER) WERE CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD, SINCE ONE RT UNIT DID NOT ENTER CAMBODIA, WHILE OTHER RT LANDED IN SOUTH VIETNAM AND REMAINED IN TARGET AREA, AND LAUNCHES OF THREE RT UNITS WERE DELAYED BY WEATHER. (ONE RT MISSION WAS INITIALLY DELAYED AND LATER POSTPONED INDEFINITELY.)

OPN DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 2 SEP TO 8 SEP 67 (MISSING).

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 9 TO 15 SEP 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. ONLY TWO RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD, SINCE TWO RT UNITS WERE EXTRACTED PRIOR TO REACHING OBJECTIVE AND PRIOR TO ENTERING CAMBODIA DUE TO ILLNESS/INJURY OF RT MEMBERS, WHILE ONE RT WAS DELAYED BECAUSE OF WEATHER AND ONE RT WAS LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT BRACE, RT PLANE, AND RT NAIL.)

Date action: 14 September 1967

MARTIN, DONALD C SERGEANT

Awarded: Purple Heart

5SF GO 68/0846 - 28 May 1968

Date action: 6 October 1967

MARTIN, DONALD C SERGEANT

Awarded: Silver Star (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

RV GO 67/6212 - 2 December 1967

"Sergeant Martin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 October 1967 while serving as assistant team leader of a six-man Special Forces reconnaissance team on a combat mission deep in hostile territory. Shortly after infiltration, his team detected three enemy soldiers moving toward them Sergeant Martin quickly deployed his men in an attempt to capture one of the insurgents,, but two other hostile soldiers discovered their location and moved in for an ambush. Completely ignoring his own safety, he stood up and exchanged fire with the advancing enemy,, killing both insurgents with accurate bursts,. Although wounded in this action, he refused aid to direct the defense of his team when a large North Vietnamese force suddenly attacked. After calling for air strikes on the enemy positions, he braved a savage bombardment to crawl toward fallen hostile soldiers in an attempt to gather intelligence materials The insurgents concentrated their fire on him, but he refused to take rover until he had collected as much equipment and as many documents as possible With bullets striking all around him, he carried the materials back to his team's position and prepared his men for extraction. The enemy closed in as the helicopters arrived, but he skillfully led his team in evasive tactics and attained a successful evacuation.

 

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 16 TO 22 SEP 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. ONLY ONE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSION WAS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD, SINCE FIVE PROPOSED MISSIONS WERE DELAYED DUE TO WEATHER, WHILE ONE RT MISSION UNIT WAS LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT NAIL AND RT LEVEL.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 23 TO 29 SEP 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. FIVE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDED FOUR RT MISSION UNITS THAT ENTERED CAMBODIA, AS WELL AS TWO RT UNITS THAT REMAINED IN VICINITY OF TARGET AREA AND ONE RT UNIT WHICH HAD BEEN LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT LEVEL, RT MALLET, RT PICK, RT MITER, RT BENCH, AND RT BRACE.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 30 SEP TO 6 OCT 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, OPERATIONS SUMMARY, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDED ONE RT MISSION UNIT THAT ENTERED CAMBODIA, AS WELL AS TWO RT MISSION UNITS WHICH HAD BEEN LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT BENCH, RT BRACE, RT NAIL, AND RT AWL.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 7 TO 13 OCT 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDED ONE RT MISSION UNIT THAT ENTERED CAMBODIA, AS WELL AS TWO RT MISSION UNITS WHICH HAD BEEN LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD.

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 14 TO 20 OCT 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDED TWO RT MISSION UNITS THAT ENTERED CAMBODIA, AS WELL AS ONE RT WHICH HAD BEEN LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD.

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 21 TO 27 OCT 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDED THREE RT MISSION UNITS THAT ENTERED CAMBODIA, AS WELL AS ONE RT WHICH WAS EXTRACTED PRIOR TO ENTERING CAMBODIA DUE TO INJURY OF TWO TEAM MEMBERS AND TWO TEAMS THAT HAD BEEN LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD.

Date action: 21 October 1967

WHITTAKER, HAROLD C STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Purple Heart

5SF GO 68/0277 - 19 March 1968

Date action: 23 October 1967

SHRIVER, JERRY M. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Second Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/0011 - 12 February 1968

"Sergeant First Class Shriver distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the afternoon of 23 October 1967 while leading a reconnaissance patrol deep within enemy controlled territory. Shortly after receiving a resupply, Sergeant First Class Shriver was spotted by a small enemy element. He attempted to trick them into approaching, trying to capture a prisoner. Unfortunately another enemy soldier came from another direction and recognized the reconnaissance team for what it was, and not friendly guerrillas, Sounding the alarm, he opened fire and the others followed suit. Ordering his team members to throw hand grenades so as not to completely disclose their position, Sergeant First Class Shriver and his team attempted to break contact with the now platoon size enemy element. Boxed in on three sides, the team suddenly found itself backed up against a large lake, making further movement impossible. At that moment Sergeant First Class Shriver contacted the FAC and told him of their now desperate situation informing him that he was in contact with an estimated enemy platoon, with the enemy yelling that the rest of the company would join them soon. The FAC committed two USAF gunships for support, and Sergeant First Class Shriver coolly directed their rocket and mini-gun fire into the enemy ranks, now only thirty meters away and forming for an on-line assault. In the midst of the furious engagement Sergeant First Class Shriver calmly adjusted the supporting fire to within twenty meters of his position until the enemy began falling back."

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 28 OCT TO 3 NOV 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD INCLUDED TWO RT MISSION UNITS THAT ENTERED CAMBODIA (RT SQUARE AND RT SAW), AS WELL AS TWO RT UNITS (RT LEVEL AND RT NAIL) THAT HAD BEEN LAUNCHED BUT NOT EXTRACTED DURING PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD.

B-50 and B-56 OPCON to MACVSOG effective 11/01/67

OPN DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 4 TO 11 NOV 67 MISSING.

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 11 TO 17 NOV 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. FIVE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING THIS PERIOD, INCLUDING: RT LEVEL, RT PICK, RT MALLET, RT AWL, AND RT HAMMER.

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 18 TO 24 NOV 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, AND STATUS OF FORCES. (EIGHT RECONNAISSANCE TEAM MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING PERIOD BETWEEN 18 AND 24 NOV 67; AND ONE OF THESE RECONNAISSANCE TEAMS REMAINED IN TARGET AREA AT END OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD.)

Date action: 21 November 1967

LANGSTON, ROY S JR SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal (Second Oak Leaf Cluster) with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0983 - 10 June 1968

Sergeant Langston distinguished himself as the leader of a reconnaissance team operating deep behind enemy lines when they made contact with an unknown size enemy force. Sergeant Langston immediately took the initiative and opened fire on the enemy, killing three enemy soldiers. After he had skill-fully led his men out of the enemy trap, he discovered that the enemy unit was in pursuit and immediately called for air support. He established a defensive perimeter and began going from man to man offering encouragement. When air support arrived Sergeant Langston., with complete disregard for his own safety, stood up and exposed himself to intense hostile fire as he directed the aircraft to their targets. Continuing to expose himself to the enemy fire, he began cutting a landing zone out of the thick underbrush, and then resumed the directing of the airstrikes until the extraction helicopters arrived.

 

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 25 NOV TO 1 DEC 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. (EIGHT RECONNAISSANCE TEAM MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING PERIOD BETWEEN 25 NOV AND 1 DEC 67; AND TWO OF THESE RECONNAISSANCE TEAMS REMAINED IN TARGET AREA AT END OF THIS REPORTING PERIOD.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 2 TO 8 DEC 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. (TWELVE RECONNAISSANCE TEAM MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING PERIOD BETWEEN 2 AND 8 DEC 67; AND TWO RECONNAISSANCE TEAMS REMAINED IN TARGET AREA AT END OF REPORTING PERIOD.)

Date action: 2 December 1967

MORRIS, EARL J SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Purple Heart

5SF GO 70/0898 - 18 May 1968

Date action: 3 December 1967

MATTHEWS, JOHNNY S STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" device

5SF GO 68/1863 - 17 October 1968

Sergeant Matthews distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 3 December 1967 while serving as the team leader of a six man long range reconnaissance patrol operating deep in enemy held territory. When his small team made contact with what later proved to be a North Vietnamese Company, he immediately moved up to the enemy lines to appraise the situation. The enemy placed heavy fire on him from several locations wounding him, but Sergeant Matthews killed three enemy in the exchange. Returning to his team, he led them safely through the lines of the enemy company which had surrounded the team. The enemy was quick to discover their loss and encountered the team again on the extraction landing zone. Exposing himself again to hostile fire, Sergeant Matthews stood up on the landing zone to signal the incoming exfiltration helicopters, then turned to hold off the nearest enemy with his personal weapon until the gunships began firing. Remaining on the ground to hold off any enemy that slipped through the gunship's strafing, Sergeant Matthews jumped on the helicopter only as it was setting up to take off. His calm swift reactions in the face of the enemy saved his team from a potentially disastrous situation.

Date action: 3 December 1967

GAMBLE, LAWRENCE G STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/1569 - 9 September 1968

"Sergeant Gamble distinguished himself on 3 December 1967, while serving as the assistant patrol leader of a six man long range reconnaissance team. Re came under intense fire as a North Vietnamese Army company contacted and attempted to encircle the team. After charging the enemy and opening a small gap in their encirclement through which the team escaped, he remained-behind his team throughout their move to an extraction site, relaying information on the enemy's position to the supporting gunships overhead. Exposing himself again on the exfiltration landing zone, he continued to direct the supporting gunships against the enemy.

Date action: 5 December 1967

HOPPE, DAVID B SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0754 - 17 May 1968

"Sergeant Hoppe distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 5 December 1967 while serving as the assistant patrol leader and radio operator of a Special Forces Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol. When completely surrounded by a vastly superior north Vietnamese regular force and disregarding the heavy automatic weapons fire directed at him, Sergeant Hoppe crawled out to the perimeter, located the machinegun positions and the area of heaviest concentration of automatic weapons fire, and destroyed them with a skillfully guided air strike. During the battle Sergeant Hoppe exposed himself to hostile fire to locate the enemy positions and to signal the exact locations to the forward air controller. Through his outstanding courage, the mission was credited with an estimated 25 North Vietnamese kills.

Date action: 7 December 1967

SILVA, CORTNEY M SERGEANT FIRST CLASS E7

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/1664 - 23 September 1968

"Sergeant Silva distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous on 7 December 1967 while serving as leader of a long range reconnaissance patrol. Shortly after the team was infiltrated into its operational area, the point element was pinned down by an enemy patrol and was soon in a precarious position. Sergeant Silva, realizing the gravity of the situation and disregarding the immense danger of his own life, ran forward and attacked the enemy, killing the two closest hostile soldiers. He then laid down an accurate base of fire which allowed the point element to withdraw. He then rejoined the team and they immediately came under fire from an estimated enemy platoon located on their flank. The team was then in a cross fire and Sergeant Silva, again fearlessly exposing himself to the intense hostile fire, established a perimeter. He continued to expose himself to the enemy, bringing accurate fire on them, until helicopter gunships support arrived. At that time he quickly moved to an even more exposed position in order to direct their suppressive fire and then took up the rear guard position in order to cover the team's withdrawal. After arriving at the landing zone, he remained in the rear guard position until all of his men were aboard the helicopter. As a result of his actions, the team escaped without a casualty and the enemy suffered two KIA's and an estimated ten KBA.

Date action: 7 December 1967

CARLILE, CHARLES C SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1663 - 22 September 1968

5SF GO 68/1664 - 23 September 1968 (Amended)

Sergeant Carlile distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 7 December 1967 while serving, so an assistant reconnaissance team leader. The point element of. the team had made contact with a small Viet Cong patrol and was pinned down. After notifying headquarters of this situation, Sergeant Carlile established a defensive perimeter. When the point element began to withdraw, he courageously exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire in order to cover their escape. When the point element reached the perimeter, the team attempted to break contact, but almost immediately came under fire from an estimated platoon size unit. They were caught in a murderous cross fire until helicopter gunship support arrived. At this .time, Sergeant Carlisle displayed superior courage under fire as he exposed himself to the enemy in order to accurately guide the helicopters to their target and mark the friendly position. After the hostile fire subsided, he led the team to the extraction landing zone and then moved to an exposed position in order to guide the helicopters in. He remained in this open position disregarding the danger to his life until all of the team had been accounted for and were safely aboard.

 

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 9 TO 15 DEC 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS, STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. (SIX RECONNAISSANCE TEAM MISSIONS WERE CONDUCTED DURING PERIOD BETWEEN 9 AND 15 DEC 67.)

Date action: 9 December 1967

STEVENS, LOWELL W SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/0236 - 13 March 1968

"Sergeant First Class Stevens distinguished himself by valorous actions on 9 December 1967 while leading a six man reconnaissance team deep in enemy held territory. One the team's fourth day in their area of operations, after reporting valuable information, they suddenly came face to face with an enemy platoon. Sergeant First Class Stevens immediately opened fire, enabling the outnumbered team to break contact. He further disorganized the enemy with grenades, then withdrew himself to lead his team to an extraction site. With the enemy closing in on the team he directed the gunships to fire into the approaching enemy, remained on the ground until his team had been safely extracted, and came out on the last ship. Sergeant First Class Stevens' unhesitating reactions, coolness under fire, and strong leadership enabled his team to accomplish their mission without casualties, while killing many of the enemy."

Date action: 9 December 1967

WORDEN, RICHARD M STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal With "V" Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/0317 - 25 March 1968

5SF GO 68/0985 - 11 June 1968 (Amended)

"Staff Sergeant Worden distinguished himself by valorous actions on 9 December 1967 while serving as the assistant team leader of a reconnaissance team deep in enemy held territory. On the team's fourth day in their area of operations, after reporting valuable information, they suddenly came face-to-face with an enemy platoon. Staff Sergeant Worden immediately rushed forward to a position where he could bring effective fire on the enemy. He then organized the team's withdrawal, remaining in a position closest to the enemy to cover the teams movement. As the team moved to the extraction site, Staff Sergeant Worden continued to cover their rear while effectively operating the radio to inform higher headquarters of the situation and to relay directions to the supporting gunships. Even as the enemy troops were closing in on the teams exfiltration site, Staff Sergeant Worden remained in position to cover the team until the operation was complete."

Date action: 15 December 1967

KELLY, DANIEL P SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Second Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/1455 - 19 August 1968

"Sergeant Kelly distinguished himself on 15 December 1967 while serving as the patrol leader of a long range reconnaissance patrol on a classified mission in the Republic of Vietnam. Caught and pinned down attempting to out-maneuver an enemy encirclement, Sergeant Kelly calmly directed his team members to defensive positions constantly exposing himself to hostile fire while moving from position to position reassuring his men. After encouraging each individual, he again exposed himself on several occasions to enemy automatic weapons fire as he held back the enemy on the perimeter with hand grenades until air support could arrive. Sergeant Kelly's exceptional courage in the face of a vastly numerically superior enemy force maintained the team integrity, prevented an enemy assault on his tenuous position until air support could arrive, and enabled the team to escape without loss of life."

 

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 16 TO 22 DEC 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS (WITH SPOT REPORT), STATISTICAL SUMMARY, STATUS OF FORCES, AND INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION. THERE WERE THIRTEEN RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS REPORTING PERIOD, INCLUDING TWO RT UNITS THAT REMAINED IN TARGET AREA, AS WELL AS ONE RT WHICH WAS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED WITH INCOMPLETE INFORMATION. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT SCREWDRIVER, RT SQUARE, RT SAW, RT PAIL, RT WEDGE, RT NAIL, RT CHISEL, RT BUCKET, RT FILE, RT AWL, RT RASP, AND RT LEVEL.)

OPERATION DANIEL BOONE WEEKLY REPORT FOR 23 TO 29 DEC 67. INCLUDES HIGHLIGHTS (WITH SPOT REPORTS), STATISTICAL SUMMARY, AND STATUS OF FORCES. THERE WERE EIGHT RECONNAISSANCE TEAM (RT) MISSIONS CONDUCTED DURING THIS REPORTING PERIOD, AS WELL AS TWO RT MISSIONS THAT WERE NOT COMPLETED AT CLOSE OF PREVIOUS REPORTING PERIOD AND THREE OTHER RT MISSIONS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED WITH INCOMPLETE INFORMATION. (NAMES OF MISSIONS WERE: RT CHISEL, RT NAIL, RT BUCKET, RT RASP, RT LEVEL, RT MITTER, RT SHOVEL, RT PICK, RT PLANE, RT HAMMER, RT TROWEL, AND RT DRILL.)

 

Daniel Boone Operations - 1968

 

 

MISSIONS

DB

IN-COUNTRY

 

RT

287(232 penetrations)

278

 

Platoon

0

140

 

Company

0

21

 

TOTAL

287

439

US:

KIA

3 (2)

14 (9)

 

WIA

11 (46-51)

24

 

MIA

2 (1)

1

 

TOTAL

16

39

VN:

KIA

8

64

 

WIA

32

178

 

MIA

5

0

 

TOTAL

45

242

TOTAL CASUALTIES

61

281

HELICOPTER LOSSES

3

4

Most ?68 in-country ops were B-56, most cross-border ops were B-50 except about 3 each.

Date action: 10 January 1965

BOLEN, JAMES E STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0388 - 2 April 1968

"Sergeant Bolen distinguished himself by gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in Vietnam on 10 January 1968. Sergeant Bolen was serving as the team leader of a six man reconnaissance team on a mission deep inside hostile territory. When the team's point man was taken under fire, Sergeant Bolen, without hesitation, stepped into the line of fire and killed both enemy soldiers. Exhibiting dauntless courage, Sergeant Bolen remained in this exposed position, and killed three more of the enemy as they attempted to assault the outnumbered team. Then, with automatic weapons fire striking all around him; he moved from man to man preparing his team to carry out their actions to break contact As the team broke contact and moved to the extraction site, Sergeant Bolen took control of the supporting aircraft and inflicted additional casualties on the pursuing enemy."

Date action: 10 January 1968

ROUSH; JAMES E SPECIALIST FIVE

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0392 - 2 April 1968

"Specialist Five Roush distinguished himself by valorous actions on 10 January 1968 while serving as assistant team leader of a six man reconnaissance team committed deep in hostile territory. When the team's point element confronted a large force of enemy soldiers Specialist Five Roush immediately set up a heavy covering fire, at the same time contacting a forward air control ship and requesting air support. Specialist Five Roush, without regard for his own safety, repeatedly exposed himself to the intense hostile fire in order to better cover the team as they broke contact and moved towards the extraction site. At the site, he deployed the team into a hasty defensive perimeter. The team was able to successfully break contact, inflicting casualties of eight confirmed dead without suffering any friendly casualties."

Date action: 19-22 January 1968

KLAIBER, WILLIAM C STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0312 - 23 March 1968

"Sergeant Klaiber distinguished himself by valorous action in connection with military operations against a hostile force during the period 19 January 1968 to 22 January 1968. Sergeant Klaiber was the team leader of a six man reconnaissance team which had been infiltrated deep into hostile territory to verify the location of a large enemy unit. He located this unit, estimated to be three companies, and then remained close to their bivouac site for three nights in order to get as much information as possible. Frequently during this time he had to avoid enemy sentries and patrols that were continually moving through the area. At one time Sergeant Klaiber climbed a tree in full view of the insurgent's camp to obtain photographs of the enemy positions. Only after circling the camp and probing the length of their perimeter, thus gaining invaluable information, did Sergeant Klaiber leave the enemy infested base camp and continue his move through the hostile area."

Date action: 19-22 January 1969

WHITE, LARRY M STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0309 - 23 March 1968

5SF GO 68/0401 - 3 April 1968 (Amended)

5SF GO 68/0563 - 17 April 1968 (Amended)

Sergeant White distinguished himself by valorous actions during the period 19 January 1968 to 22 January 1968. Sergeant White vas the assistant team leader of a six man reconnaissance team which had infiltrated deep into hos-tile territory to verify the location of the large enemy unit. His team located the enemy, estimated to be three companies, and then remained close by the enemy bivouac site for three nights and two days in order to obtain as much information as possible. Frequently during this time Sergeant White led elements of the team right up to the forward positions of the enemy camp without being detected. On 22 January 1968 Sergeant White led the indigenous members of the team into positions within a fete meters of the enemy fortifications, in order to provide early warning and protection to the team leader who was taking pictures from a tree overlooking the camp. After the reconnaissance team had circled the camp and started their move to the extraction site, Sergeant White remained behind to ensure the team would not be detected and followed The team was able to successfully complete a very difficult reconnaissance mission and return without any friendly casualties.

FOB5 680129

SFC Charles E White MIA

TDY from 1st SFGA

Date action: 31 January 1968

HOPPE, DAVID B SERGEANT

Awarded: Purple Heart

5SF GO 68/0023 - 13 February 1968

[Defense of Nha Trang during Tet Offensive, while in transit at SFOB]

Date action: 5 February 1968

EVERSOLE, WILLIAM H SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Purple Heart

5SF GO 68/0023 - 13 February 1968

Date action: 5 February 1968

GAMBLE, LAWRENCE G STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1311 - 26 July 1968

5SF GO 68/1403 - 12 August 1968

"Sergeant Gamble distinguished himself on 5 February 1968, while serving as the assistant patrol leader of a long range reconnaissance team, Sergeant Gamble's team made heavy contact with a North Vietnamese Army platoon. After an unsuccessful evasion attempt, Sergeant Gamble courageously exposed himself to the enemy automatic weapons fire to place a white phosphorous marking grenade in the enemy's position and direct a helicopter gunship strike against the enemy platoon. After remaining behind during the team's withdrawal under fire to a suitable exfiltration site, Sergeant Gamble again dangerously exposed himself when the team again made contact with the enemy. Moving to the point position, he held off enemy attempts is overrun the position with his personal weapon and continued is direct the helicopter support. As a direct result of his courage and professional bearing in combat the enemy fire was suppressed and the team was successfully exfiltrated."

Date action: 12 February 1968

KLAIBER, WILLIAM C STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1057 - 19 June 1968

"Sergeant Klaiber distinguished himself by valorous actions on 12 February 1968 while serving as the team leader of a long range reconnaissance patrol operating deep in enemy held territory. While observing 15 enemy, the team was attacked by approximately 100 North Vietnamese regulars. Sergeant Klaiber personally killed two enemy while constantly exposing himself to hos-tile fire in placing his team in defensive positions and maneuvering to avoid encirclement during the ensuing battle. Despite the vastly superior force and the heavy enemy automatic weapons fire directed at him, Sergeant Klaiber moved freely among his men and led each move to a more tenable position. The enemy death toll and the successful escape of the team with minimal friendly casualties was directly attributable to the gallantry of this outstanding individual."

Date action: 12 February 1968

LAWSON, THOMAS R JR SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1071 - 20 June 1968

"Sergeant Lawson distinguished himself on 12 February 1968 while serving as the assistant team leader of a six man long range reconnaissance patrol operating deep in enemy held territory. When attacked by the advance patrol of a North Vietnamese company, Sergeant Lawson left his place of concealment and personally killed three enemy. Disregarding the fact that the enemy vastly outnumbered his six man team, Sergeant Lawson remained behind to delay the enemy and allow the team to escape. During the ensuing battle, Sergeant Lawson exposed himself time and time again to point blank hostile fire in directing gunship helicopters against the enemy and in covering the team?s rear trail, thus allowing the team to escape suffering only two casualties."

Date action: 21 February 1968

WHITE, LARRY M STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1174 - 5 July 1968

"Sergeant White distinguished himself while leading a reconnaissance team deep within enemy territory. Sergeant White was in a stationary position awaiting instructions when a platoon size enemy element was observed moving toward the team's location. He quickly organized the reconnaissance team into an ambush position and opened fire when the enemy was with-in range. Two of the enemy were killed by the first volley, and the enemy force withdrew and began placing intense automatic weapons fire on the teams location. Sergeant White, courageously disregarding the hazard to his own safety, then ran forward into the intense hostile fire in order to search the two bodies for documents. He remained in this exposed position until he had completely searched both bodies. With the enemy fire then directed solely at him, he maneuvered his way back to the team and then guided them to an ex-traction landing zone. Upon their arrival at that point, he began directing the supporting helicopter gunships in their attacks and thereby kept the enemy at bay until his team was safely on board the helicopters."

Date action: 21 February 1968

BOLLENBACK, GRANT SPECIALIST FIVE

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/0898 - 3 June 1968

"Specialist Bollenback distinguished himself by valorous actions on 21 February 1968 while serving as an assistant reconnaissance team leader. His team had made contact with a platoon size enemy force and Specialist Bollenback had been ordered back to a safe location where he could report the team situation to higher headquarters. Specialist Bollenback then observed his team leader come under heavy enemy automatic weapons fire as he went forward to search the bodies of two enemy soldiers killed in the previous action. Completely disregarding his own safety, Specialist Bollenback left his secure position and exposed himself to intense hostile fire in an attempt to cover his team leader and divert the enemy's attention. After his team leader returned to the teams location, Specialist Bollenback began directing the attacks of a flight of helicopter gunships which had arrived over the area. When the team arrived at the extraction point, Specialist Bollenback again exposed himself to enemy fire in order to guide the helicopters into the landing zone."

Date action: 29 February 1967

WHITTAKER, HAROLD C STAFF SERGEANT

KIA

 

Date action: 13 March 1968

FRENCH, ARDEN E STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal w/ "V" Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/1453 - 19 August 1968

"Sergeant French distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 13 March 1968 while serving as a Mobile Strike Force platoon leader during a search and destroy mission south of Ban Me Thuot city. When his platoon made contact with a Viet Cong platoon in a base camp, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to the intense hostile automatic weapons fire in order to position his men and direct their fire. His quick response resulted in two enemy killed in the initial exchange. When the remainder of his company initiated a flanking maneuver, he again exposed himself to the hostile fire as he went from position to position encouraging his men and directing fire in order to divert the enemy's attention: After the company had positioned itself and gained fire superiority, the enemy began withdrawing from their position. Sergeant French then regrouped his men and led them into the base camp, again exposing himself repeatedly to withering hostile fire. As a result of this battle, the enemy was forced to abandon their base camp and suffered 10 killed and 1 wounded."

Date action: 19 March 1968

LAWSON, THOMAS R JR STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/1402 - 11 August 1968

"Sergeant Lawson distinguished himself by valorous actions on 19 March 1968 while serving as the assistant patrol leader of a six man long rage reconnaissance, patrol operating deep behind enemy lines on a classified mission. As the team sat down for the noon meal they were approached by seven North Vietnamese soldiers.. The enemy fired on the team, pinning down the team leader and two indigenous team members. Sergeant Lawson's courageously left his place of concealment exposing himself to the hostile fire and killed three of the enemy; This allowed the team leader to gain control of the situation, return fire, and safely move out of the area. Sergeant Lawson's quick thinking and heroic actions enabled the team to escape the enemy ambush without taking any friendly casualties."

Date action: 22 March 1968

Torres Estavan SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

KIA

Date action: 22 March 1968

MARTIN, LINWOOD D SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumous)

RV GO 68/1842 - 20 April 1968

"Sergeant First Class Martin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 22 March 1968 as team leader of a small Special Forces long range reconnaissance team operating in enemy my controlled territory. On 21 March, his patrol discovered a freshly-dug enemy bunker and tunnel complex. Sergeant Martin thoroughly reconnoitered the area and then moved his men to a night defensive perimeter. During the night, an unknown size Viet Cong force closed on three sides of the friendly position and, at daybreak, raked the team with heavy automatic weapons fire. Braving the withering fusillade, Sergeant Martin fearlessly led his troops through the enemy's flank without a casualty and quickly established a hasty defensive perimeter on a ridgeline to await helicopter extraction. The Viet Cong pursued the team, completely surrounded it and unleashed a savage attack, determined to annihilate the trapped soldiers. Directing his men to hold their positions, Sergeant Martin gallantly charged down the ridge and sprayed the advancing insurgent ranks with fierce rifle fire, killing many of the Viet Cong. Before his team members could come to his aid, Sergeant Martin was over-powered by the enemy force and mortally wounded. His dauntless and courageous efforts enabled the rest of the patrol to hold off the enemy until helicopters arrived and extracted them to safety."

Date action: 5 February 1968

WALTRIP, STEPHEN M STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Purple Heart

5SF GO 68/0362 - 3 February 1968

680327 RT Shovel? Recon

1-0 SSG SM Waltrip PH 1-1 SPS EO Kinsley PH 1-2 SSG TL Anderson PH

Date action: 13 May 1968

5SF GO 68/2028 - 19 November 1968

HESS, WALTER A CAPTAIN, INFANTRY

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

"Captain Hess distinguished himself on 13 May 19689 while serving as the patrol leader of a reaction platoon on a reconnaissance and ambush patrol. The patrol had encountered a three man observation post and killed the three enemy. Shortly thereafter, the patrol made contact with a large enemy force sent to reinforce the outpost. While in an exposed position directing his troops, Captain Hess was wounded. After receiving basic first aid, he refused further medical assistance, and once again began directing the defensive fire of his troops and directed air support to his location. Courageously ignoring his painful wound, he continued to direct the defensive fire until the enemy fire had been suppressed. He then coordinated the withdrawal to an extraction landing zone, and still refusing medical aid, directed the helicopter in to the landing zone. He did not board the helicopter himself until he was sure all his men were safe.

5SF GO 68/2067 - 28 November 1968

SHRIVER, JERRY M SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Fifth Oak Leaf Cluster)

"Sergeant Shriver distinguished himself on 13 May 1968, while his patrol was surrounded and pinned down by a large enemy force. The patrol leader was wounded in this action, and Sergeant Shriver quickly took command of the patrol. He gallantly exposed himself repeatedly to the withering hostile fire of the enemy in order to organize a defensive perimeter and encourage his troops. He then began directing helicopter gunship attacks against the enemy and again completely disregarded his personal safety as he advanced to an extremely dangerous exposed position in order to accurately observe the air strikes. He then led his troops in a skillful withdrawal to an extraction landing zone. Upon arriving at this point, he again fearlessly exposed himself to the fire of the pursuing enemy in order to clear the area of high brush and other obstacles. His courageous actions during this battle resulted in 12 enemy KIA and an unknown number KBA."

1 Co 2 PIt Ldr SSG LR Merritt BSV;A/Ptrl Ldr SFC WO Brown ACMV

Date action: 23 May 1968

5SF GO 68/2023 - 19 November 1968

MERRITT, LARRY R STAFF SERGEANT

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (First Oak Leaf Cluster)

"Sergeant Merritt distinguished himself on 25 May 1968 while serving as the patrol leader of a platoon size search and destroy force. When his unit made contact with a well trained and well armed Viet Cong company in dug-in positions, Sergeant Merritt led an assault on the enemy position and succeeded in capturing a portion of their bunker complex. Throughout the four and one half hour battle which ensued, he was constantly on the friendly perimeter. moving from position to position, reassuring his people, distribution ammunition, moving the wounded back to safer positions for treatment, and repositioning his people as the complexity of the battle changed. Largely through Sergeant Merritt's courage in constantly exposing himself to hostile fire and his professional competence in holding his vastly outnumbered force together under withering enemy fire did his platoon escape with only seven casualties while inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy."

5SF GO 68/1968 - 5 November 1968

BROWN, WILLIAM O SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

Sergeant Brown distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous a actions on 23 May 1968 while serving as the assistant patrol lead on a search and destroy mission. When his platoon size friendly force made heavy contact with an enemy company to their front and a smaller enemy unit to their rear, Sergeant Brown remained behind the attacking platoon giving rear security until the platoon could form a defensive perimeter. He then moved freely, though under heavy enemy fire constantly, throughout the perimeter directing gunship attacks on the Viet Cong company.

Date action: 16 June 1968

5SF GO 69/0140 - 30 January 1969

LAMBERT, FRANK P. 1st LIEUTENANT (1st Company Commander)

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with V Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)

"Lieutenant Lambert distinguished himself on 16 June 1968 while serving as a Reaction Company Commander conducting a search and destroy mission. His company made contact with a battalion size enemy force located in a base camp complex and was immediately pinned down by intense mortar, rocket, and small arms fire. Courageously exposing himself to the heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant Lambert rushed forward and began encouraging his men and directing their fire on the enemy. Although men on either side of him were wounded by the enemy, he continued to heroically expose himself while he maneuvered his unit into a more favorable position. After the arrival of helicopter gunships, he moved to an even more exposed position, fearlessly ignoring the withering hostile fire being directed against him, and accurately directed the gunship fire upon the enemy. He continued to skillfully maneuver his troops inspiring them to greater efforts by his personal example until the enemy broke contact and withdrew. He then led his company to a landing zone where his casualties were evacuated and he was resupplied. The following morning, he led his company into the base camp where they found numerous items of intelligence value, nine enemy bodies and many indications that they had inflicted numerous casualties upon the enemy."

Date action: 23 June 1968

BLOUGH, ERNEST G SERGEANT FIRST CLASS, RT ?? 1-0

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/2100 - 9 December 1968

Sergeant Blough distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action while serving as team leader of a reconnaissance team on a classified mission deep in hostile territory. Immediately after infiltration, the six man team was encircled by a reinforced platoon of North Vietnamese troops. Sergeant Blough had his team assume a defensive posture hoping they would not be seen. The team almost immediately observed two elements of enemy troops closing in from two sides. Sergeant Blough with no concern for his own safety exposed himself to the enemy group to his east, engaged it and killed or forced the entire element to withdraw. For more than a quarter of an hour the team was in constant contact. During this time, he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire to move from position to position to direct friendly fires, fire at targets of opportunity, himself, and encourage his men by example. He again exposed himself to fire while covering his team members with fire while they mounted the helicopters. Only when his team was safe did he accept the safety of the helicopters.

Date action: 23 June 1968

ROUSH, JAMES E SPECIALIST FIVE, UNITED

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal w/"V" device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/2102 - 8 December 1968

Specialist Roush distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 23 June 1968 while serving as an assistant team leader of a six man long range special commando unit operating deep in enemy controlled territory. Shortly after being inserted, the team came in contact with a platoon of North Vietnamese regulars. Specialist Roush directed air strikes on the enemy soldiers. After attempting to evade the enemy, the team observed enemy troop movement in an apparent attempt to surround the team. Specialist Roush immediately moved into the open to direct his fire at the enemy troops and to cover. the withdrawal of his team. He sustained a painful neck wound in this exchange of fire, but he ignored the wound and continued to fire his weapon at the enemy. Ignoring the now intense fire directed at him, Specialist Roush moved forward to search the body of a soldier he had killed. Still ignoring his wound, he killed another enemy soldier and refusing first aid, directed further gunship attacks on the enemy. He then directed the helicopters into an extraction landing zone and supervised the safe extraction of his team.

Date action: 17 July 1968

BOLEN, JAMES E STAFF SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-0)

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal w/ "V" Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/2111 10 December 1968

"Sergeant Bolen distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 July 1968 while serving as a reconnaissance team leader deep in enemy controlled territory. Sergeant Bolen established an ambush site on a heavily used trail. He initiated the ambush against a force twice as large as his own, wounding the enemy's point man with the objective of taking him prisoner. As the wounded enemy fell, Sergeant Bolen immediately moved into the open with complete disregard for his own safety. He directed his teams fire at three of the enemy who were bringing fire on his team, causing the enemy to be killed. Remaining in the open exposed to enemy fire, Sergeant Bolen moved to the wounded enemy soldier and ascertained that he was to seriously wounded to be evacuated. He recovered all of the enemy's military and personal equipment and returned to guide his team to safety. Because of Sergeant Bolen's skill and pre-planning his team was able to secure valuable information and be recovered Without any injuries.

Date action: 17 July 1968

KNOWLES, BARI L. M. SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-1)

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 69/0083 - 22 January 1969

Sergeant Knowles distinguished himself while acting as the assistant patrol leader of a long range reconnaissance patrol on 18 July 1968 when the patrol ambushed an enemy force twice its size. After the initial exchange, the team leader went forward to check the bodies and came under fire from the enemy. Sergeant Knowles immediately exposed himself and laid down a base of fire, diverting the enemy's attention. He then moved to a more exposed position in order to cover the team leader's escape. As a result of his courageous actions, the team leader's life was saved, one enemy soldier was killed and another wounded.

Date action: 26 July 1968

BOLEN, JAMES E STAFF SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-0)

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1779 - 7 0ctober 1968

Sergeant Bolen distinguished himself on 26 July 1968 while serving as the team leader of a six man reconnaissance patrol on a classified mission. When his team came under heavy machine-gun fire and automatic weapons fire causing a split of the team into two small groups, he left the concealment of the jungle and drew the enemy fire on himself to allow his team to regroup. He remained exposed, ignoring the heavy hostile fire and the wound he received almost immediately in his right arm until the regrouping had been accomplished. He then led the team to safety through an opening in the enemy's attempted encirclement. Sergeant Bolen's courageous actions and outstanding leadership while under intense hostile fire and while wounded resulted in the escape of his entire team from a potentially disastrous situation.

Date action: 26 July 1968

KNOWLES, BARI L M SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-1)

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1778 - 7 0ctober 1968

Sergeant Knowles distinguished himself on 26 July 1968 while serving as the assistant patrol leader of a six man reconnaissance patrol operating on a classified mission. When his small team was pinned down by heavy machinegun and automatic weapons fire from a North Vietnamese platoon, Sergeant Knowles took a rear guard position, exposed himself to enemy machinegun fire and thwarted a flanking attempt by an enemy squad, personally killing two enemy. This opened an escape route for the team and allowed them to withdraw after sustaining only one casualty.

Date action: 2 August 1968

BOLEN, JAMES E STAFF SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-0)

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with V Device (Second Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 68/2119 12 December 1968

"Sergeant Bolen distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 August 1968 while serving as a team leader of a reconnaissance team on a classified mission deep in hostile territory. After infiltration, his team lost communications with their support and was shortly surrounded by a company of North Vietnamese Army soldiers. The team stayed inside the enemy perimeter for five hours waiting for an opportunity to escape. They finally escaped and evaded until first light and were found by the enemy at this time. After three very hot fire fights with the enemy, the team was reinforced and after they regained communications, air support was called in. Instead of extracting, Sergeant Bolen led his twelve man team in a fierce counter attack against a company of enemy troops. Then when the twelve men were trapped, Sergeant Bolen stayed behind to give covering fire to his comrades long enough for them to escape. They then called air support in making the teams extraction possible.

680810

1-0? 1-1 SPS JE Roush BSMV

680813 RT? Recon

1-OSSG GWWilson PH 1-1?

Date action: 29 August 1968

5SF GO 68/2112 - 10 December 1968

KNOWLES, BARI L M SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-1)

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device (1st Oak Leaf Cluster)

Sergeant Knowles distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 29 August 1968 while serving as the assistant team leader on a reconnaissance team operating deep within enemy held territory. When the team was attacked by a superior enemy force, Sergeant Knowles remained calm and courageously directed the team in its successful attempt to repel the enemy force. Sergeant Knowles moved from position to position, exposing himself to enemy fire and reassuring his men and directing heavy fire on the enemy. He established contact with the helicopter gunships, but did not use them until the enemy was closing in on the teams position. Sergeant Knowles directed the attack by the helicopter gunships in such a devastating manner that the attack was instantly broken and the enemy withdrew. At this time, the reconnaissance team immediately went on the offensive pursuing the enemy in hopes of obtaining a prisoner or other intelligence material. After a short period of active pursuit, the team began to receive fire from three sides. Sergeant Knowles quickly moved to the front and inflicted several casualties on the enemy.

B-50 680903 RIF

1st Co PIt Sgt SSG DF Pope PH; Sec Co Cdr? 1LT DE Holt (same action?)

Date action: 3 September 1968

HOLT, DAVID E. FIRST LIEUTENANT

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with V Device

5SF GO 69/0278 - 7 March 1969

"Lieutenant Holt distinguished himself on 3 September 1968 while serving as company commander of a Special Commando unit security company in defense of Camp Torres, Ban Me Thuot, RVN. The camp came under small arms, rocket and mortar fire at approximately 0230 hours. Lieutenant Holt exposed himself to enemy fire several times in the process of coordinating defensive fire for the camp. He again willingly exposed himself to enemy small arms fire to go to the aid of his SCU soldiers, crossing a hundred meters of open ground to pull one man from a smoldering building, then departing a covered position to carry the wounded soldier through enemy fire to the aid station and safety. Lieutenant Holt, then in the process of checking defenses in the camp, found still another wounded soldier. After administering first aid, he carried the soldier several hundred meters on his back to medical aid which saved the casualty's life. Time after time, ignoring his own safety and comfort, Lieutenant Holt carried wounded and dead to aid stations and collection points and later assisted in evacuating the wounded. His actions and self disregard not only saved lives, but helped to regain the security of the camp."

Date action: 22 September 1968

POPE, DONALD F. STAFF SERGEANT (1st Company, 1st Platoon)

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with V Device

5SF GO 69/0141 - 29 January 1969

"Sergeant Pope distinguished himself on 22 September 1968 while serving as platoon sergeant of a thirty two man indigenous reaction platoon deep within enemy territory. After two days of sporadic enemy contact, Sergeant Pope's platoon was ordered to return to a landing zone for extraction. While moving to the landing zone, the point element spotted a bamboo house. Sergeant Pope volunteered to lead the point element on a reconnaissance of the area and discovered an apparently abandoned enemy base camp. He immediately requested the remainder of the platoon to join him and then led the point element through the base camp. At the far end of the camp Sergeant Pope discovered an enemy squad sized security element. He immediately assaulted the enemy firing his rifle and throwing grenades resulting in one enemy killed. Disregarding his own personal safety Sergeant Pope continued his assault on the enemy killing one more NVA. Sergeant Pope then called in gunships to suppress fire coming from a large enemy force and had his men burn the camp before returning to the landing zone. While crossing a stream to return to the landing zone the enemy opened fire with two heavy machine guns from the far bank. Sergeant Pope immediately organized his point element and assaulted the machine guns causing the enemy to break contact and withdraw. His heroic actions were a major factor in the successful destruction of the enemy base camp the capture of various important documents while sustaining no friendly casualties."

 

681020

Sec Co Cdr? 1 LT DE Holt

1-0? 1-1 SPS JE Roush PH

Date action: 23 October 1968

ROUSH, JAMES E SPECIALIST FIVE

Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 68/1987 - 11 November 1968

Specialist Roush distinguished himself on 23 October 1968 while acting as the assistant team leader on a six man reconnaissance team deep within enemy territory. The team was crossing a trail when three enemy approached moving along the same trail. The team immediately split, three men on each side of the trail. After being detected by the enemy, Specialist Roush charged the enemy and attempted to capture one enemy soldier. At this instance he was severely wounded in the head. During the fire fight the team members killed two and wounded one enemy that was brought back as a prisoner. Specialist Roush, with disregard for his own painful injury, acted as radio operator while the team leader reorganized the team and administered first aid to the wounded soldier. He controlled the gunships during those critical minutes which assisted the team in being extracted.

681104

1st Co PIt Sgt SFC JM Shriver BSV

1-O SSG JE Bolen PH 1-1?

Date action: 12 November 1968

BOLEN, JAMES E STAFF SERGEANT (RT Auger 1-0)

Awarded: Air Medal with V Device (Third Oak Leaf Cluster)

5SF GO 69/0084 -22 January 1969

"Sergeant Bolen distinguished himself by valorous actions on the night of 12 November 1968 while serving as a member of a reconnaissance team on a classified mission. Sergeant Bolen volunteered to rappel from a helicopter into enemy held territory with a special piece of equipment. Due to the darkness of the night the pilot had difficulty in holding aircraft in a stable position. When Sergeant Bolen reached the end of his rappel rope the aircraft suddenly lost altitude and he was severely bounced and dragged along the ground. Before he could un-hook himself from the rope he received enemy automatic weapons fire from all directions. Ground fire necessitated that the helicopter quickly gain altitude jerking Sergeant Bolen off his feet and dragging him thru the trees until sufficient altitude could be reached to clear the trees and get out of range of the ground fire. Sergeant Bolen was then flown a distance of 40 kilometers dangling at the end of a 250 foot rope and dropped into the middle of a friendly armored unit.

CCS 681114 Rescue of Downed 0-1 FAC

SFC JW Cottingham ACMV

CCS 681118 Exploitation

Plt Sgt SSG BL Wagoner ACMV

Date action: 26 November 1968

FRANKS, ANCIL C. SERGEANT

Awarded: Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device

5SF GO 69/0046 - 10 January 1969

Sergeant Franks distinguished himself on 26 November 1968 while serving as assistant patrol leader with a six man reconnaissance team, Sergeant Franks demonstrated his courage when his unit came into contact with a numerically superior force. Sergeant Franks' initial fire killed one of the two enemy point men who had been moving directly toward the team's position. When the second man of the point element was killed, Sergeant Franks volunteered to attempt to recover any documents or equipment from the corpse which would have a possible intelligence value. Despite the fact that the body lay forty meters away and no cover was available Sergeant Franks and a SCU team mate broke cover and maneuvered across the open area. Upon arrival at the location of the dead enemy soldier, Sergeant Franks determined that the body was too mutilated to render any material of value then despite ever increasing hostile fire, Sergeant Franks told his team mate to return to the friendly position while he stayed in a completely exposed position to give covering fire. Only when his team mate arrived safely did Sergeant Franks moved back to the security of his team's position.

CCS 681127

SGT RW Casey KIA (heli) SGT JB Farrar WIA BSV

681212 RT AUGER Recon

1-O SSG JE Bolen AMV 1-1?

681213 RT Recon

1-O CPL JW Moore ACMV 1-1 ?