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POOR IS THE NATION
THAT HAS NO HEROES
SHAMEFUL IS THE NATION
THAT HAS THEM AND FORGETS
From a military monument at
Bolivar,TN

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GORDON, GARY IVAN

USA
MSG
GORDON,
GARY IVAN
Tribute Page
Postumus Award
Task Force Ranger:
Special Operations Command
3OCT93 Mogadishu
Somalia
He distinguished himself by actions above and beyond the call of duty on 3 October 1993, while serving as Sniper Team Leader, United States Army Special Operations Command with Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia. Master Sergeant Gordon's sniper team provided precision fires from the lead helicopter during an assault and at two helicopter crash sites, while subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fires. When Master Sergeant Gordon learned that ground forces were not immediately available to secure the second crash site, he and another sniper unhesitatingly volunteered to be inserted to protect the four critically wounded personnel, despite being well aware of the growing number of enemy personnel closing in on the site. After his third request to be inserted, Master Sergeant Gordon received permission to perform his volunteer mission. When debris and enemy ground fires at the site caused them to abort the first attempt, Master Sergeant Gordon was inserted one hundred meters south of the crash site. Equipped with only his sniper rifle and a pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon and his fellow sniper, while under intense small arms fire from the enemy, fought their way through a dense maze of shanties and shacks to reach the critically injured crew members. Master Sergeant Gordon immediately pulled the pilot and the other crew members from the aircraft, establishing a perimeter which placed him and his fellow sniper in the most vulnerable position. Master Sergeant Gordon used his long range rifle and side arm to kill an undetermined number of attackers until he depleted his ammunition. Master Sergeant Gordon then went back to the wreckage, recovering some of the crew's weapons and ammunition. Despite the fact that he was critically low on ammunition, he provided some of it to the dazed pilot and then radioed for help. Master Sergeant Gordon continued to travel the perimeter, protecting the downed crew. After his team member was fatally wounded and his own rifle ammunition exhausted, Master Sergeant Gordon returned to the wreckage, recovering a rifle with the last five rounds of ammunition and gave it to the pilot with the words, "good luck." Then, armed only with his pistol, Master Sergeant Gordon continued to fight until he was fatally wounded. His actions saved the pilot's life. Master Sergeant Gordon's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest standards of military service and reflect great credit upon him, his unit and the United States Army.


GRAVES, TERRANCE COLLINSON

USMC
1stLT
GRAVES,
TERRANCE COLLINSON
3rd FORCE RECONNAISANCE CO.
3rd RECON Bn.
3rd MARDIV(REINF)
FMF
16FEB68 QUANG TRI PROVINCE
RVN
While on Recon patrol, his unit came under intese enemy fire. Several times during this engagement, he refused medical treatment for his many wounds. He remained behind and provided covering fire for his withdrawing unit and provided medical aid to the remaining casualties. He boarded the second rescue helicopter but it crashed due to heavy enemy ground fire. He was fatally wounded.


HAGEN, ZOREN DOUGLAS

USA
1stLT
HAGEN,
ZOREN DOUGLAS
USA TRAINING
ADVISORY GROUP
7AUG71 RVN
While serving as a team leader for a recon team operating deep with-in enemy controlled territory, his team came under intense ground-fire from a numerically suprior enemy force. he successfully directed his team to provide suppressive fire upon the enemy forces. After an enemy mortor shell destroyed the team bunker, he crawled to search for survivors and was fatally wounded.


HAWKINS, WILLIAM DEANE

USMC
1stLT
HAWKINS,
WILLIAM DEANE
Postumus Award
Scout/sniper Plt
2nd MarDiv
20-21NOV43 Tarawa
Gibert Islands
While serving as a commanding officer for Scout/Sniper Platoon, he exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, while destroying macine gun pillboxes. Despite being wounded in the chest, he continued to fight fiercely against the large enem force until becoming motally wounded by enemy machine-gun fire.


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HOSKING JR., CHARLES ERNEST

USA
SSG
HOSKING JR.,
CHARLES ERNEST
Postumus Award
Det. A-302; Co. A
5th SFG(A)
1st Special Forces
21MAR67 Don Luan District
Phuoc Province
RVN
While subduing a captured Viet Cong soldier, the prisoner attempted to throw a grenade into the team area. he threw himself on the grenade and absorbed the blast saving several members of his team.


HOWARD, ROBERT LEWIS

USA
SFC
HOWARD,
ROBERT LEWIS
Tribute Page
5th SFG(A)
1st Special Forces
30DEC68 RVN
While attempting to rescue a missing American soldier, his unit came under very heavy enemy fire. Although wounded and unarmed, He crawled to assist his wounded platoon leader. He persisted in directing suppressive fire against the enemy forces until rescue helicopters could arrive. His actions saved the lives of many of his unit.


JACKSON, JOE MADISON

USAF
LTC
JACKSON
JOE MADISON
311st Air Commandos Squadron
Da Nang Air Base
12MAY68 Kham Duc
RVN
While on a rescue mission to extract a surrounded USAF combat control team, his aircraft came under intensely heavy small-arms fire. After several attempts and serious damage to his aircraft, he finally was able to land and successfully rescue the cct. His bravery directly saved the lives of the cct members.


KEDENBURG, JOHN JAMES

USA
SP5
KEDENBURG,
JOHN JAMES
Postumus Award
13JUN68 RVN
While serving as a Special Forces adviser to a Long Range Reconnaise Patrol Team of ARVN irregulars, the team was encircled by a battalion sized unit of North Vietnamese Army regulars. He took immediate command of the unit, which succeeded, after a fierce fire-fight, in breaking out of the enemy encirclement. He personnaly provided a rear guard action, to provide his team to reach the extraction landing zone. He gave up his position on the helicopter sling to a ARVN soldier and provided covering fire for the helicopter to safely extract the team. He was fatally wounded. His actions saved the lives of the remaining team members.


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KERREY, JOSEPH ROBERT

USN
LTJG
KERREY,
JOSEPH ROBERT
Sea, Air, and Land Team(SEAL) 14MAR69 Near Nha Trang
RVN
While on a mission to capture enemy area political cadre, his team came under intense enemy small-arms fire. Although severely wounded, he continued to lead and direct the second element's suppressive fire upon the numerically superior enemy force. The captured enemy soldiers provided critical intelligence to the allied effort.


LAW,<BR>ROBERT DAVID

USA
SP4
LAW,
ROBERT DAVID
Postumus Award
CO. I, 75th INF REG.
1st INF DIV.
22FEB69 TINH PHOUC
THANH PROV
RVN
While on a long range reconnaisance patrol, his unit came under heavy enemy ground fire. He threw himself on an enemy grenade and sacrificed his own life to save five members of his team.


LEVITOW, JOHN LEE

USAF
A1stC
LEVITOW,
JOHN LEE
3rd Special Operations Squadron 24FEB69 Over Long Binh Army Post
RVN
While serving as a loadmaster on a AC-47, despite being severely wounded with forty fragment wounds. He assisted his fellow wounded members of the crew. A flare ignited due to the groundfire and he exposed himself to that fire while throwing the flare out of the aircraft. His actions saved the aircraft crew.


LITTRELL, GARY LEE

USA
SFC
LITTRELL
GARY LEE
USMAC
II CORPS ADVISORY GROUP
ADVISORY TEAM 21
4-8APR70 KONTUM PROV.
RVN
While serving as an U. S. Army adviser to the 23rd Ranger Bn., 2nd Ranger Group, ARVN, He displayed super human endurance for four days of intense enemy attacks. Assault after assault was replused by the extraordinary leadership and determination displayed. His actions saved the lives of several allied soldiers.


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