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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Nicky Daniel Bacon

Details
  • Rank: Staff Sergeant (Highest Rank: First Sergeant)
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company B, 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade,
    Americal Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: August 26, 1968
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: west of Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam
Citation

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Bacon distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with the 1st Platoon, Company B, during an operation west of Tam Ky. When Company B came under fire from an enemy bunker line to the front, S/Sgt. Bacon quickly organized his men and led them forward in an assault. He advanced on a hostile bunker and destroyed it with grenades. As he did so, several fellow soldiers, including the 1st Platoon leader, were struck by machine-gun fire and fell wounded in an exposed position forward of the rest of the platoon. S/Sgt. Bacon immediately assumed command of the platoon and assaulted the hostile gun position, finally killing the enemy gun crew in a singlehanded effort. When the 3d Platoon moved to S/Sgt. Bacon's location, its leader was also wounded. Without hesitation S/Sgt. Bacon took charge of the additional platoon and continued the fight. In the ensuing action he personally killed four more enemy soldiers and silenced an antitank weapon. Under his leadership and example, the members of both platoons accepted his authority without question. Continuing to ignore the intense hostile fire, he climbed up on the exposed deck of a tank and directed fire into the enemy position while several wounded men were evacuated. As a result of S/Sgt. Bacon's extraordinary efforts, his company was able to move forward, eliminate the enemy positions, and rescue the men trapped to the front. S/Sgt. Bacon's bravery at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

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USED WITH PERMISSION, COPYRIGHT NICK DELCALZO
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Awarded Posthumously: No
  • Presentation Date & Details: November 24, 1969

    The White House, presented by Pres. Richard M. Nixon

  • Born: November 25, 1945, Caraway, Craighead County, AR, United States
  • Died: July 17, 2010, Rosebud, AR, United States
  • Buried: Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, Little Rock, AR, United States
  • Location of Medal: MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History (duplicate Medal), Little Rock, AR
 
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