ROGERS, CHARLES CALVIN Rank
and organization: Lieutenant Colonel, U.S . Army, 1st Battalion,
5th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Fishhook,
near Cambodian border, Republic of Vietnam, 1 November 1968. Entered
service at: Institute, W Va. Born: 6 September 1929, Claremont,
W Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Lt. Col.
Rogers, Field Artillery, distinguished himself in action while serving
as commanding officer, 1st Battalion, during the defense of a forward
fire support base.
In the early morning hours, the fire support base was subjected
to a concentrated bombardment of heavy mortar, rocket and rocket
propelled grenade fire. Simultaneously the position was struck by
a human wave ground assault, led by sappers who breached the defensive
barriers with bangalore torpedoes and penetrated the defensive perimeter.
Lt. Col. Rogers with complete disregard for his safety moved through
the hail of fragments from bursting enemy rounds to the embattled
area. He aggressively rallied the dazed artillery crewmen to man
their howitzers and he directed their fire on the assaulting enemy.
Although knocked to the ground and wounded by an exploding round,
Lt. Col. Rogers sprang to his feet and led a small counterattack
force against an enemy element that had penetrated the howitzer
positions. Although painfully wounded a second time during the assault,
Lt. Col. Rogers pressed the attack killing several of the enemy
and driving the remainder from the positions. Refusing medical treatment,
Lt. Col. Rogers reestablished and reinforced the defensive positions.
As a second human wave attack was launched against another sector
of the perimeter, Lt. Col. Rogers directed artillery fire on the
assaulting enemy and led a second counterattack against the charging
His valorous example rallied the beleaguered defenders to repulse
and defeat the enemy onslaught. Lt. Col. Rogers moved from position
to position through the heavy enemy fire, giving encouragement and
direction to his men. At dawn the determined enemy launched a third
assault against the fire base in an attempt to overrun the position.
Lt. Col. Rogers moved to the threatened area and directed lethal
fire on the enemy forces.
Seeing a howitzer inoperative due to casualties, Lt. Col. Rogers
joined the surviving members of the crew to return the howitzer
to action. While directing the position defense, Lt. Col. Rogers
was seriously wounded by fragments from a heavy mortar round which
exploded on the parapet of the gun position. Although too severely
wounded to physically lead the defenders, Lt. Col. Rogers continued
to give encouragement and direction to his men in the defeating
and repelling of the enemy attack.
Lt. Col. Rogers' dauntless courage and heroism inspired the defenders
of the fire support base to the heights of valor to defeat a determined
and numerically superior enemy force. His relentless spirit of aggressiveness
in action are in the highest traditions of the military service
and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
RUPPERT L. Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S.
Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Hau Nghia Province, Republic of Vietnam, 15 March
1967. Entered service at: Richmond, Va. Born: 6 January 1938, Hampton,
Va. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.
While leading a platoon of Company B, 1st Lt. Sargent was investigating
a reported Viet Cong meeting house and weapons cache. A tunnel entrance
which 1st Lt. Sargent observed was booby trapped. He tried to destroy
the booby trap and blow the cover from the tunnel using hand grenades,
but this attempt was not successful.
He and his demolition man moved in to destroy the booby trap and
cover which flushed a Viet Cong soldier from the tunnel, who was
immediately killed by the nearby platoon sergeant. 1st Lt. Sargent,
the platoon sergeant, and a forward observer moved toward the tunnel
entrance. As they approached, another Viet Cong emerged and threw
2 hand grenades that landed in the midst of the group. 1st Lt. Sargent
fired 3 shots at the enemy then turned and unhesitatingly threw
himself over the 2 grenades.
He was mortally wounded, and his 2 companions were lightly wounded
when the grenades exploded. By his courageous and selfless act of
exceptional heroism, he saved the lives of the platoon sergeant
and forward observer and prevented the injury or death of several
other nearby comrades. 1st Lt. Sargent's actions were in keeping
with the highest traditions of the military services and reflect
great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
CLARENCE EUGENE Rank and organization: Specialist Fifth
Class (then Pfc.), U.S. Army, Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion,
60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. Place and date: Ding Tuong
Province, Republic of Vietnam, 10 January 1968. Entered service
at: Houston, Tex. Born: 12 September 1947, Chenango, Tex. Citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk
of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp5c. Sasser distinguished
himself while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
He was serving as a medical aidman with Company A, 3d Battalion,
on a reconnaissance in force operation. His company was making an
air assault when suddenly it was taken under heavy small arms, recoilless
rifle, machinegun and rocket fire from well fortified enemy positions
on 3 sides of the landing zone.
During the first few minutes, over 30 casualties were sustained.
Without hesitation, Sp5c. Sasser ran across an open rice paddy through
a hail of fire to assist the wounded. After helping 1 man to safety,
was painfully wounded in the left shoulder by fragments of an exploding
rocket. Refusing medical attention, he ran through a barrage of
rocket and automatic weapons fire to aid casualties of the initial
attack and, after giving them urgently needed treatment, continued
to search for other wounded.
Despite 2 additional wounds immobilizing his legs, he dragged himself
through the mud toward another soldier 100 meters away. Although
in agonizing pain and faint from loss of blood, Sp5c. Sasser reached
the man, treated him, and proceeded on to encourage another group
of soldiers to crawl 200 meters to relative safety. There he attended
their wounds for 5 hours until they were evacuated. Sp5c. Sasser's
extraordinary heroism is in keeping with the highest traditions
of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself,
his unit, and the U.S. Army.
CLIFFORD CHESTER Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st
Airborne Division. Place and date: Near Hue, Republic of Vietnam,
21 February 1968. Entered service at: Jacksonville, Fla. Born: 18
June 1942, Port St. Joe, Fla. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry
and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty. S/Sgt. Sims distinguished himself while serving
as a squad leader with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily
fortified enemy position concealed within a dense wooded area when
it encountered strong enemy defensive fire.
Once within the woodline, S/Sgt. Sims led his squad in a furious
attack against an enemy force which had pinned down the 1st Platoon
and threatened to overrun it. His skillful leadership provided the
platoon with freedom of movement and enabled it to regain the initiative.
S/Sgt. Sims was then ordered to move his squad to a position where
he could provide covering fire for the company command group and
to link up with the 3d Platoon, which was under heavy enemy pressure.
After moving no more than 30 meters S/Sgt. Sims noticed that a brick
structure in which ammunition was stocked was on fire. Realizing
the danger, S/Sgt. Sims took immediate action to move his squad
from this position. Though in the process of leaving the area 2
members of his squad were injured by the subsequent explosion of
the ammunition, S/Sgt. Sims' prompt actions undoubtedly prevented
more serious casualties from occurring.
While continuing through the dense woods amidst heavy enemy fire,
S/Sgt. Sims and his squad were approaching a bunker when they heard
the unmistakable noise of a concealed booby trap being triggered
immediately to their front. S/Sgt. Sims warned his comrades of the
danger and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device as it exploded,
taking the full impact of the blast.
In so protecting his fellow soldiers, he willingly sacrificed his
life. S/Sgt. Sims' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life
is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service
and reflects great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
JOHN E., JR. Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Company C, 2d Battalion, (Mechanized), 22d Infantry,
25th Infantry Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic
of Vietnam, 14 January 1969. Entered service at: New York, N.Y .
Born: 16 November 1946, Brooklyn, N.Y. Citation: For conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above
and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Warren, distinguished himself
at the cost of his life while serving as a platoon leader with Company
C. While moving through a rubber plantation to reinforce another
friendly unit, Company C came under intense fire from a well-fortified
Disregarding his safety, 1st Lt. Warren with several of his men
began maneuvering through the hail of enemy fire toward the hostile
positions.When he had come to within 6 feet of one of the enemy
bunkers and was preparing to toss a hand grenade into it, an enemy
grenade was suddenly thrown into the middle of his small group.
Thinking only of his men, 1st Lt. Warren fell in the direction of
the grenade, thus shielding those around him from the blast. His
action, performed at the cost of his life, saved 3 men from serious
or mortal injury. First Lt. Warren's ultimate action of sacrifice
to save the lives of his men was in keeping with the highest traditions
of the military service and reflects great credit on him, his unit,
and the U.S. Army.