Recipient Detail

 

YABES, MAXIMO

Rank: First Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: Company A, 4th Battalion
Division: 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division
Born: 29 January 1932, Lodi, Calif.
Departed: Yes
Entered Service At: Eugene, Oreg.
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Place / Date: Near Phu Hoa Dong, Republic of Vietnam, 26 February 1967
 
 


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Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Sgt. Yabes distiindex.html"> MIME-Versis moved through a withering hail of enemy fire to another bunker 50 meters away. There he secured a grenade launcher from a fallen comrade and fired point blank into the attacking Viet Cong stopping further penetration of the perimeter. Noting 2 wounded men helpless in the fire swept area, he moved them to a safer position where they could be given medical treatment. He resumed his accurate and effective fire killing several enemy soldiers and forcing others to withdraw from the vicinity of the command post. As the battle continued, he observed an enemy machinegun within the perimeter which threatened the whole position. On his own, he dashed across the exposed area, assaulted the machinegun, killed the crew, destroyed the weapon, and fell mortally wounded. 1st Sgt. Yabes' valiant and selfless actions saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers and inspired his comrades to effectively repel the enemy assault. His indomitable fighting spirit, extraordinary courage and intrepidity at the cost of his life are in the highest military traditions and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.