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

Recipient Detail



Rank: Staff Sergeant
Organization: U.S. Army
Company: 3d Company
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: North Carolina
Place / Date: September 17, 1969, Chi Lang, Vietnam


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.