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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

David Francis Winder

Details
  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade,
    Americal Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: May 13, 1970
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Republic of Vietnam
Citation
Pfc. Winder distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam as a senior medical aidman with Company A. After moving through freshly cut rice paddies in search of a suspected company-size enemy force, the unit started a thorough search of the area. Suddenly they were engaged with intense automatic-weapons and rocket-propelled-grenade fire by a well-entrenched enemy force. Several friendly soldiers fell wounded in the initial contact and the unit was pinned down. Responding instantly to the cries of his wounded comrades, Pfc. Winder began maneuvering across approximately 100 meters of open, bullet-swept terrain toward the nearest casualty. Unarmed and crawling most of the distance, he was wounded by enemy fire before reaching his comrades. Despite his wounds and with great effort, Pfc. Winder reached the first casualty and administered medical aid. As he continued to crawl across the open terrain toward a second wounded soldier he was forced to stop when wounded a second time. Aroused by the cries of an injured comrade for aid, Pfc. Winder's great determination and sense of duty impelled him to move forward once again, despite his wounds, in a courageous attempt to reach and assist the injured man. After struggling to within 10 meters of the man, Pfc. Winder was mortally wounded. His dedication and sacrifice inspired his unit to initiate an aggressive counterassault which led to the defeat of the enemy. Pfc. Winder's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient David F. Winder
Medal of Honor Recipient David F. Winder
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: July 17, 1974
    Blair House (Courtyard), presented by Vice Pres. Gerald R. Ford to his family
  • Born: August 10, 1946, Edinboro, Erie County, PA, United States
  • Died: May 13, 1970, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Mansfield Memorial Park (PMH) (B-465-4), Mansfield, OH, United States
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