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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Edward Allen Devore Jr.

  • Rank: Specialist Fourth Class
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry,
    9th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 17, 1968
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: near Saigon, Republic of Vietnam
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Devore distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the afternoon of 17 March 1968, while serving as a machine gunner with Company B, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission approximately five kilometers south of Saigon. Sp4c. Devore's platoon, the company's lead element, abruptly came under intense fire from automatic weapons, claymore mines, rockets, and grenades from well-concealed bunkers in a nipa palm swamp. One man was killed and three wounded about 20 meters from the bunker complex. Sp4c. Devore raced through a hail of fire to provide a base of fire with his machine gun, enabling the point element to move the wounded back to friendly lines. After supporting artillery, gunships, and air strikes had been employed on the enemy positions, a squad was sent forward to retrieve their fallen comrades. Intense enemy frontal and enfilading automatic-weapons fire pinned down this element in the kill zone. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sp4c. Devore assaulted the enemy positions. Hit in the shoulder and knocked down about 35 meters short of his objectives, Sp4c. Devore, ignoring his pain and the warnings of his fellow soldiers, jumped to his feet and continued his assault under intense hostile fire. Although mortally wounded during this advance, he continued to place highly accurate suppressive fire upon the entrenched insurgents. By drawing the enemy fire upon himself, Sp4c. Devore enabled the trapped squad to rejoin the platoon in safety. Sp4c. Devore's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in close combat were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 39th Infantry, and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward A. Devore Jr.
Medal of Honor Recipient Edward A. Devore Jr.
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Harbor City, Los Angeles County, California
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 7, 1970
    The White House, presented by Pres. Richard M. Nixon to his family
  • Born: June 15, 1947, Torrance, Los Angeles County, CA, United States
  • Died: March 17, 1968, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Green Hills Memorial Park (Ocean View Sec.-513-H), San Pedro, CA, United States

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