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Vietnam War - U.S. Army

Thomas William Bennett

Details
  • Rank: Corporal
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    2d Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry,
    4th Infantry Division
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Army
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: February 9 - 11, 1969
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Chu Pa Region, Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Cpl. Bennett distinguished himself while serving as a platoon medical aidman with the 2d Platoon, Company B, during a reconnaissance-in-force mission. On 9 February the platoon was moving to assist the 1st Platoon of Company D, which had run into a North Vietnamese ambush, when it became heavily engaged by the intense small-arms, automatic-weapons, mortar and rocket fire from a well-fortified and numerically superior enemy unit. In the initial barrage of fire, three of the point members of the platoon fell wounded. Cpl. Bennett, with complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to his fallen comrades, administered life-saving first aid under fire, and then made repeated trips carrying the wounded men to positions of relative safety from which they would be medically evacuated from the battle position. Cpl. Bennett repeatedly braved the intense enemy fire, moving across open areas to give aid and comfort to his wounded comrades. He valiantly exposed himself to the heavy fire in order to retrieve the bodies of several fallen personnel. Throughout the night and following day, Cpl. Bennett moved from position to position treating and comforting several personnel who had suffered shrapnel and gunshot wounds. On 11 February, Company B again moved in an assault on the well-fortified enemy positions and became heavily engaged with the numerically superior enemy force. Five members of the company fell wounded in the initial assault. Cpl. Bennett ran to their aid without regard to the heavy fire. He treated one wounded comrade and began running toward another seriously wounded man. Although the wounded man was located forward of the company position covered by heavy enemy grazing fire and Cpl. Bennett was warned that it was impossible to reach the position, he leaped forward with complete disregard for his safety to save his comrade's life. In an attempt to save his fellow soldier, he was mortally wounded. Cpl. Bennett's undaunted concern for his comrades at the cost of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas W. Bennett
Medal of Honor Recipient Thomas W. Bennett
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: April 7, 1970
    The White House (Oval Office), presented by Pres. Richard M. Nixon to his family
  • Born: April 7, 1947, Morgantown, Monongalia County, WV, United States
  • Died: February 11, 1969, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: East Oak Grove Cemetery (PM) (S-2-167-6) , Morgantown, WV, United States
  • Location of Medal: West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV
 

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