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CMOHS.org - Staff Sergeant MORRIS, MELVIN, U.S. Army

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MORRIS, MELVIN

Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: 3d Company
Division:
Born: January 7, 1942, Okmulgee, OK
Departed: No
Entered Service At: Fort Bragg, NC
G.O. Number:
Date of Issue: 03/18/2014
Accredited To:
Place / Date: September 17, 1969, Chi Lang, Vietnam
 
 


MORRIS, MELVIN Photo
 
Citation

Melvin Morris is being recognized for his valorous actions on Sept. 17, 1969, while commanding the Third Company, Third Battalion of the IV Mobile Strike Force near Chi Lang. Then-Staff Sgt. Morris led an advance across enemy lines to retrieve a fallen comrade and single-handedly destroyed an enemy force that had pinned his battalion from a series of bunkers. Staff Sgt. Morris was shot three times as he ran back toward friendly lines with the American casualties, but did not stop until he reached safety.