and organization: Private
First Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 503d Infantry,
173d Airborne Brigade.
To, Republic of Vietnam, 20 November 1967.
New York, N.Y.
6 September 1946, Caguas,
For conspicuous gallantry
and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty. Pfc. Lozada, U.S. Army, distinguished himself
at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in the
battle of Dak To. While serving as a machine gunner with 1st platoon,
Company A, Pfc. Lozada was part of a 4-man early warning outpost,
located 35 meters from his company's lines. At 1400 hours a North
Vietnamese Army company rapidly approached the outpost along a well
defined trail. Pfc. Lozada alerted his comrades and commenced firing
enemy who were within 10 meters of the outpost.
His heavy and accurate machinegun fire killed at least 20 North
Vietnamese soldiers and completely disrupted their initial attack.
Pfc. Lozada remained in an exposed position and continued to pour
deadly fire upon the enemy despite the urgent pleas of his comrades
to withdraw. The enemy continued their assault, attempting to envelop
the outpost. At the same time enemy forces launched a heavy attack
on the forward west flank of Company A with the intent to cut them
off from their battalion. Company A was given the order to withdraw.
Pfc. Lozada apparently realized that if he abandoned his position
there would be nothing to hold back the surging North Vietnamese
soldiers and that the entire company withdrawal would be jeopardized.
He called for his comrades to move back and that he would stay and
provide cover for them. He made this decision realizing that the
enemy was converging on 3 sides of his position and only meters
away, and a delay in withdrawal meant almost certain death. Pfc.
Lozada continued to deliver a heavy, accurate volume of suppressive
fire against the enemy until he was mortally wounded and had to
be carried during the withdrawal. His heroic deed served as an example
and an inspiration to his comrades throughout the ensuing 4-day
battle. Pfc. Lozada's actions are in the highest traditions of the
U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the