Gen. Henry H. Shelton, U.S. Army, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a former member of the 173d Airborne Brigade, will present the Distinguished Service Cross to Roy E. Judkins of Lincolnton, Ga., at a ceremony in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes on Feb. 2, 1998 at 10:30 a.m.
Judkins, then a U.S. Army specialist 6th class, is being honored for extraordinary heroism in action for the period Dec. 4-8, 1968, while serving as a member of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team (184th Ordnance Battalion, in support of the 173d Airborne Brigade, Republic of Vietnam).
Judkins twice participated in surgical procedures involving armed and dangerous explosive ordnance and entered operating rooms to remove 40mm grenades from the extremities of wounded Republic of Vietnam personnel.
He also came under enemy fire while extracting another soldier from a minefield.
The Distinguished Service Cross is the Nation's second highest award and is presented for extraordinary heroism while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.
The act or acts of heroism must have been so notable and have involved risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his or her comrades.
For the Vietnam era, 855 Distinguished Service Crosses have been awarded.
Media interested in covering the event should contact Carolyn Piper in the chairman's public affairs office at (703) 697-4272.