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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS



The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself or herself by extraordinary heroism; while engaged in an action against an enemy of the Unites States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing/foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing Armed Force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.  The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.




The following 10 individuals (in chronological order) from the 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.  An asterisk (*) indicates posthumous awards:


1LT Lee B. Alley
   Headquarters & Headquarters Company (18 Nov 67)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES ARMY -VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96375

GENERAL ORDERS                                                                                               20 May 1968 NUMBER 2385

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced.

ALLEY, LEE B 05233466 FIRST LIEUTENANT ARMOR United States Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Battalion (Mechanized), 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96370

Awarded-. Distinguished Service Cross Date action: 18 November 1967

Theater: Republic of Vietnam

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam First Lieutenant Alley distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 18 November 1967 as leader of a platoon providing security for a fire support base in Dinh Tuong Province. In the early morning hours, a Viet Cong battalion directed a coordinated mortar and ground attack on the platoon's perimeter. The numerically superior enemy soon closed on the unit's position, and Lieutenant Alley decided to withdraw to a more defensible location near the artillery camp which was across a river. Braving savage fire, he exposed himself to the enemy weapons and directed his men to the stream, personally pulling a wounded comrade to the bank. Completely disregarding his safety, he then returned to his original position and poured murderous fire into the advancing enemy ranks to cover the movement of his troops. Heedless of a painful wound, he fought furiously until he ran out of ammunition. After obtaining another weapon and grenades, he continued his valiant fight until his man reached safety. He then maneuvered to join them and, after crossing the river, he sighted four soldiers remaining on the opposite side who were pinned down by heavy fire. Lieutenant Alley returned through a curtain of bullets to reach them and lead them back across the river to the new perimeter. He then directed ravaging air, artillery and gunship strikes on the insurgents, which forced them to flee the battlefield in disorder. First Lieutenant Alley's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.


1LT Merle J. Sharpe
Alpha Company (7 May 68)

 DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375


GeneralOrders                                                                                        28 September 1968
Number   4524

AWARD  OF  THE  DISTINGUISHED  SERVICE  CROSS

1.  TC 320.  The following AWARD is announce

SHARPE, MERLE J  05239461    United States Army, Company A, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96370

Awarded:           Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action:   7 May 1968

Theater:              Republic of Vietnam

Reason:       For extraordinary heroism in connection with military opera?tions involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  First Lieutenant Sharpe distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 7 May 1968 as the commanding officer of a mechanized infantry company during an operation in Gia Dinh Province. During the first few moments of contact with a reinforced Viet Cong battalion located in a built-up residential area, Lieutenant Sharpe was severely wounded and his command vehicle destroyed by enemy rocket fire. Refusing evacuation, he moved to another track, propped himself up in a highly vulnerable position and continued to direct his company?s maneuvers, supporting artillery, gunships and air strikes. When the air strikes were completed Lieutenant Sharpe personally led his unit in a house-to-house assault on the Viet Cong. Despite the pain of his wounds, he refused medical evacuation for six hours, until the enemy had been routed from the area. As a result of his courageous leadership, the enemy lost two hundred and thirteen dead by body count. First Lieutenant Sharpe?s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority:  By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.


* CPT Edmund B. Scarborough
Charlie Company (10 May 68)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375


GeneralOrders                                                                                        16 December 1968
Number   4524

AWARD  OF  THE  DISTINGUISHED  SERVICE  CROSS

1.  TC 320.  The following AWARD is announce

Scarborough, Edmund B  OF105268    United States Army, Company C, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96370

Awarded:           Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action:   10 May 1968

Theater:              Republic of Vietnam

Reason:       Captain Edmund B. Scarborough distinguished himself by heroism in action on 10 May 1968 while serving as Commanding Officer, Company C, 5th Battalion (Mechanized), 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, in Gia Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam. While in contact with an enemy force of battalion strength, Captain Scarborough?s company and another company to his front were halted by a devastating crossfire. Captain Scarborough was ordered to pass through the now- beleaguered lead company and maneuver against the enemy?s flank. He immediately organized his mechanized assault and positioned himself in an extremely exposed location from which he could control the advance. Although the enemy force immediately engaged the advancing element with antitank rockets, small arms, and automatic weapons fire, Captain Scarborough continued to lead his men, direct the fire of all available weapons and maintain the advance. Realizing the psychological value of Captain Scarborough?s exceptional leadership, the enemy began to concentrate all of their firepower at his position. Captain Scarborough continued his utter disregard for his personal safety and remained exposed, directing the consolidation and supporting fires until he was fatally wounded by the concentrated enemy fire. As a direct result of Captain Scarborough?s courage the enemy lost 26 KIA?s, 3 POW?s and 7 weapons which were captured. Captain Scarborough?s professional competence, grim determination and personal example inspired his men to victory and reflect the utmost credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority:  By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.


SP4 William P. Sackett
Bravo Company (30 Nov 68)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

GENERAL ORDERS                                                                                              24 June 1969
NUMBER 2219

 AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

I.  TC 320.  The following AWARD is announced.

SACKETT, WILLIAM P  US5672287  SPECLIST FOUR United States Army, Company B, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry 9th Infantry Division, APO 36370

Awarded:  Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action: 30 November 1968

Theater: Republic of Vietnam

Reason:   For extraordinary heroism in Connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam.  Specialist Four Sackett distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 30 November 1968  while serving as a fire team Leader on a combat mission in Long An Province. When his platoon became stalemated in a fierce exchange of fire with a hostile force, Specialist Sackett immediately began moving through the embattled area to direct return fire and prevent disorganization among the novice members of the platoon. As he approached one of his positions, an enemy hand grenade landed near four of his comrades. He instantly scooped up the device, turned his back to shield his fellow soldiers, and tossed the grenade back to the enemy. Although the grenade exploded in mid-air wounding him with fragmentation, he, without hesitation, proceeded to assist the only other wounded man through the hostile barrage to an evacuation point. Refusing evacuation himself, he returned to the contact area to assist his platoon in the prolonged battle. Sergeant Sackett?s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.

Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963 


* 1LT Roger L. Vickers
Charlie Company (5 Jan 69)

DEPARTMENT OF THIE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

GENERAL ORDERS                                                                                          30 April 1969 NUMBER 1532

AWARD OF THE  DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

I.  TC 320,  The following AWARD is announced  posthumously.

VICKERS, ROGER L  05347766  FIRST LIEUTENANT  INFANTRY United States Army, Company C, 5th Battalion,  60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.  APO 96370

Awarded:         Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action: 25 January 1969

Theater:            Republic of Vietnam

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Vickers distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 25 January 1969 while commanding a company during a reconnaissance-in-force mission in the Plain of Reeds, Thu Thua Province. As his unit was crossing an open area, it was engaged by an enemy force occupying well-fortified bunkers in a nearby woodline. Spotting three wounded men who lay exposed to the hostile fire, Lieutenant Vickers unhesitatingly advanced through the bail of bullets to rescue the casualties and succeeded in carrying them to the safety of a dike.  He then returned to the front of his company and began directing his troops toward the bunkers. Braving the enemy fusillade, he moved from position to position with a grenade launcher and placed accurate fire on the aggressors. After tossing smoke grenades to mark the hostile strongholds and directing air strikes, Lieutenant Vickers led an assault on the now disorganized communists. Shortly before the enemy withdrew, he was mortally wounded by hostile fire. First Lieutenant Vickers? 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.

Authority:  By Direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 26 July 1963


SP4 Michael A. McClean
Charlie Company (6 Feb 69)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

General Orders                                                                                         25 August 1969

Number   3512

AWARD  OF  THE  DISTINGUISHED  SERVICE  CROSS

1) TC 320.  The following AWARD is announce

MC CLEAN,  MICHAEL A  SPECIALIST FOUR   INFANTRY United States Army, Company C, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96370

Awarded:           Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action:   6 February 1969

Theater:              Republic of Vietnam

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in connection with military opera?tions involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:  Specialist Four McClean distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 6 February 1969 while serving as a member of an ambush patrol operating in Long An Province. While established in a night defensive position, his platoon came under an intense Viet Cong attack. When a rocket-propelled grenade landed in the command post killing the radio-telephone operator and seriously wounding the platoon leader and platoon sergeant, Specialist McClean immediately rushed forward to lay suppressive fire on the enemy and direct his comrades into effective firing positions. When the squads were in place, he began maneuvering from position to position assisting the wounded. He then moved to the damaged command post and assumed command of the platoon from the wounded leaders. As the battle progressed, he became aware that one hostile emplacement seemed immune to the machine gun fire being placed on it. Obtaining an M-72 light antitank weapon, Specialist McClean advanced through the hail of bullets well ahead of his squad?s position and eliminated the hostile fortification. Returning to the command post he found a radio and began to call in gunships, artillery and supporting medical evacuation helicopters. After adjusting supporting fire on the enemy positions, he began to supervise the extraction of casualties. Learning of another communist machine gun emplacement that escaped the deadly gunship barrage, Specialist McClean again used a light antitank weapon to silence the bunker. He then continued to move among his men directing retaliatory fire until the enemy force was routed. Specialist McClean?s extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority:  By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.


* 1LT Patrick M. Dixon
   Echo Company (28 May 69)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY

Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam

APO San Francisco 96375

GENERAL ORDERS 23                                                                               August 1969 NUMBER 3272

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

DIXON, PATRICK M FIRST LIEUTENANT INFANTRY United States Army, Company E, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96371

Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action: 28 May 1969

Theater: Republic of Vietnam

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: First Lieutenant Dixon distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 28 May 1969 while serving as a platoon leader during an airmobile operation in Long An Province. As soon as the element disembarked from the insertion helicopter, it came under intense enemy crossfire. Without hesitations Lieutenant Dixon directed his men to return fire, which forced the hostile forces to disperse. In following the retreating foe, the platoon encountered machine gun fire from a concealed bunker. Lieutenant Dixon pushed one of his men out of the direct line of fire and was wounded as a result of his selfless action. He proceeded to crawl through the heavy barrage toward the hostile emplacement until he could silence the fortification with a fragmentation grenade. Though seriously wounded himself, he crawled to one of his wounded comrades to administer first aid and remove the man to safety. As he started out to retrieve another injured man, he succumbed to his fatal wounds. First Lieutenant Dixon' 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.

Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.
 


* SP5 David L. Tiffany
Echo Company (28 May 69)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

GENERAL ORDERS                                                                                           23 August 1969 Number   3273

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1.       TC 320.  The following AWARD is announced posthumously.

TIFFANY, DAVID L   SPECIALIST FIVE  United States Army Company E, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96371

Awarded:         Distinguished Service Cross

Theater:          Republic of Vietnam

Reason:  For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Five Tiffany distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 28 May 1969 as senior medical aid man on an airmobile operation in Long An Province. Immediately upon being inserted into its area of operation, Specialist Tiffany?s platoon came into heavy contact with an enemy force. Returning fire, they forced the enemy forces to disperse. While moving in pursuit of the fleeing enemy, the platoon again came under intense fire and suffered casualties in the command element. Specialist Tiffany, who had been at the rear of the sweep formation, moved to the point of heaviest contact where his comrades lay exposed to the hail of enemy ordinance. Although he was pinned down before he could reach the wounded men, he managed to silence a hostile emplacement long enough to run to the casualties. He quickly administered aid to the injured men and carried one casualty to safety. Returning to the center of conflict, he spotted his wounded platoon leader and immediately moved to his assistance. While attempting to rescue his comrade, he was mortally wounded. Specialist Tiffany?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.

Authority:  By Direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 26 July 1963


1LT John O. Benson
Alpha Company (3 Aug 69)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

General Orders                                                                                               22 September 1969
Number 3595

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1) TC 320. The following AWARD is announce

BENSON, JOHN O FIRST LIEUTENANT INFANTRY United States Army, Company A, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, APO 96371

Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross

Date of action: 3 August 1969

Theater: Republic of Vietnam

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: First Lieutenant Benson distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 3 August 1969 while serving as a platoon leader during an airmobile reconnaissance operation in the Plain of Reeds. As the members of his element moved through the area, they came under a devastating barrage of hostile rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire, which wounded two soldiers. Rushing through the strafing fusillade, Lieutenant Benson reached the two casualties, one of whom he carried to a sheltered position to receive medical aid. He then returned for the second injured infantryman. When the wounded had been cared for, Lieutenant Benson organized his platoon for an assault on the hostile fortifications and called in artillery and gunships. Despite the supporting fire, the element remained pinned down by enemy bullets. As he directed another air strike, the rest of his unit was inserted behind the enemy in order to affect a sweeping maneuver. When the additional members of the company also became pinned down, Lieutenant Benson crawled forward to the communist bunkers. Throwing hand grenades with precision, he silenced the machine gun emplacement. First Lieutenant Benson's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were In keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.


* SGT William F. Shaw
Delta Company (6 Aug 70)

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

 GENERAL ORDERS                                                                               20 November 1970
Number  5110

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS 

TC 439.  The following AWARD is announced, posthumously. 

SHAW, WILLIAM  F  Sergeant United States Army, Company D, 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 3rd Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, AFO 96371. 

Awarded:           Distinguished Service Cross 

Date of action:  6 August 1970 

Theater:             Republic of Vietnam 

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Shaw distinguished himself while serving as machine gunner during allied reconnaissance operations, to Binh Duong Province. As darkness approached on 6 August 1970,  Sergeant Shaw manned his machine gun position at the edge of a bomb crater while the remainder of the company prepared their positions nearby.  Suddenly a friendly observation post, located approximately twenty meters from the sergeant, was raked by a volley of enemy fire, wounding one of the observers. Because of the proximity of his position to the besieged allies, Sergeant Shaw could not provide effective counter fire without endangering them.  Realizing immediate action was essential the sergeant secured his machine gun and assaulted the enemy force, firing his weapon as he advanced. Although wounded by the enemy fire that was now directed almost entirely at him, he never faltered in his advance and continued firing at the enemy until he was fatally wounded soon thereafter. Because of his determined actions, the reminder of the company was able to successfully react to the enemy force and insure the relative safety of the allied observers. Sergeant Shaw'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. 

Authority:   By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved 25 Jul y 1963.


The above information was provided by Author - Keith Nolan, Historian - Alan "Shorty" Kisling, Bruce Swander, and Secretary - William "Metz" Metzler.

 

 

 


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