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     The Medal of Honor is a symbol of the spirit that lies at the very heart of our democratic society -- a spirit that recognizes someone for what they are and do, not for any accident of birth or background.

     Medal of Honor winners, regardless of rank, race, or religious belief, are linked by an ideal that springs from the deepest roots of all that is best in humanity: at a time of trial and crisis, their first thoughts were of others. Their actions exhibit a spirit of self-sacrifice that is universally recognized and respected. When they could have done less without blame or dishonor, they gave more, responding "above and beyond the call of duty." The Medal of Honor is a symbol of those high ideals. It is this nationís highest expression of gratitude and recognition of those individuals whose uncommon valor sets them apart from others.

 

Two Medal of Honor recipients served in gun truck companies or were associated with gun trucks.

    Sergeant William W. Seay of the 62nd Trans Co, 7th Trans Bn, 48th Trans Group was killed 25 August 1968 while serving as a driver on a resupply mission from Long Binh to Tay Ninh.

    Specialist 4th Class Larry G. Dahl of the 359th Trans Co, 27th Trans Bn, 8th Trans Group was killed in action 23 February 1971 while assigned as a machine gunner on the gun truck Brutus near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province.
 

Below are the photos and citations of the two Medal of Honor recipients.

Sergeant William W. Seay Specialist 4th Class Larry G. Dahl

 

Photo of Sergeant Seay


VIETNAMESE CONFLICT 1961-1975

The President of the United States of America, authorized by an Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded posthumously in the name of Congress the

Medal of Honor

to

SERGEANT WILLIAM W. SEAY

for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his lifeabove and beyond the call of duty in the Vietnamese Conflict. 

 

Sergeant William W. Seay distinguished himself on 25 August 1968 while serving as a driver with the 62nd Transportation Company (Medium Truck), 7th Transportation Battalion, 48th Transportation Group on a resupply mission near Ap Nhi, Republic of Vietnam. He was traveling with a convoy carrying critically-needed ammunition and supplies from Long Binh to Tay Ninh.

    The convoy was ambushed by a reinforced battalion of the North Vietnamese Army. As the main elements of the convoy entered the ambush kill zone, they were struck by intense rocket, machine gun, and automatic weapon fire from the well-concealed and entrenched enemy force. His convoy was forced to stop. Sergeant Seay immediately dismounted and took a defensive position behind the wheels of a vehicle loaded with high-explosive ammunition. As the violent North Vietnamese assault approached to within ten meters of the road, Sergeant Seay opened fire and killed two of the enemy. He then spotted a sniper in a tree approximately seventy-five meters to his front and killed him. An enemy grenade was then thrown under an ammunition trailer near his position. Without regard for his own safety, he left his protective cover, exposing himself to intense enemy fire, picked up the grenade, and threw it back to the North Vietnamese position. This act killed four more of the enemy and saved the lives of the men around him. Another enemy grenade landed approximately three meters from Sergeant Seayís position. Again, he left his covered position and threw the armed grenade back upon the assaulting enemy. After returning to his position, he was painfully wounded in the right wrist. However, Sergeant Seay continued to give encouragement and direction to his fellow soldiers.

    He moved to the relative cover of a shallow ditch. Here, he detected three enemy soldiers who had penetrated the position and were preparing to fire on his comrades. Although weak from loss of blood and with his right hand immobilized, Sergeant Seay stood up and fired his rifle with his left hand. He killed all three of the North Vietnamese and saved the lives of the other men in his location. As a result of his heroic action, Sergeant Seay was mortally wounded by a sniperís bullet.

    Sergeant Seayís conspicuous acts of gallantry and intrepidity in battle, at the cost of his own life, reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

 

 

 

 

Photo of Specialst Fourth Class Dahi


VIETNAMESE CONFLICT 1961-1975

The President of the United States of America, authorized by an Act of Congress, 3 March 1863, has awarded posthumously in the name of Congress the

Medal of Honor

to

SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS LARRY G. DAHL

for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his lifeabove and beyond the call of duty in the
Vietnam Conflict.

 

Specialist Fourth Class Larry G. Dahl, 359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion, United States Army Support Command, Qui Nhon, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a machine gunner on a gun truck near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, in the Republic of Vietnam, on February 23, 1971. Specialist Dahl was riding in a gun truck which was sent with two other gun trucks to assist in the defense of a convoy that had been ambushed by an enemy force.

The gun trucks entered the battle zone and engaged the attacking enemy troops with heavy volumes of machine gun fire, causing a large number of casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the attack subsided. As the gun trucks were preparing to return to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the truck in which Specialist Dahl was riding. Instantly, realizing the great danger, Specialist Dahl called a warning to his companions and threw himself directly on the grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Specialist Dahl saved the lives of the other members of the truck crew while sacrificing his own.

Specialist Dahl acted with conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty. This bravery is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

 

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