|MEDAL OF HONOR
|DAVIS, SAMMY L.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Battery C, 2d Battalion, 4th Artillery, 9th Infantry Division.
Place and date: West of Cai Lay, Republic of Vietnam, 18 November 1967
Entered service at: Indianapolis, Ind.
Born: 1 November 1946, Dayton, Ohio.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Davis (then Pfc.)
distinguished himself during the early morning hours while serving as a cannoneer with Battery C, at a remote fire
support base. At approximately 0200 hours, the fire support base was under heavy enemy mortar attack. Simultaneously,
an estimated reinforced Viet Cong battalion launched a fierce ground assault upon the fire support base. The attacking
enemy drove to within 25 meters of the friendly positions. Only a river separated the Viet Cong from the fire support base.
Detecting a nearby enemy position, Sgt. Davis seized a machine gun and provided covering fire for his guncrew, as they
attempted to bring direct artillery fire on the enemy. Despite his efforts, an enemy recoilless rifle round scored a direct hit
upon the artillery piece. The resultant blast hurled the guncrew from their weapon and blew Sgt. Davis into a foxhole. He
struggled to his feet and returned to the howitzer, which was burning furiously. Ignoring repeated warnings to seek cover,
Sgt. Davis rammed a shell into the gun. Disregarding a withering hail of enemy fire directed against his position, he
aimed and fired the howitzer which rolled backward, knocking Sgt. Davis violently to the ground. Undaunted, he returned
to the weapon to fire again when an enemy mortar round exploded within 20 meters of his position, injuring him
painfully. Nevertheless, Sgt. Davis loaded the artillery piece, aimed and fired. Again he was knocked down by the recoil. In
complete disregard for his safety, Sgt. Davis loaded and fired 3 more shells into the enemy. Disregarding his extensive
injuries and his inability to swim, Sgt. Davis picked up an air mattress and struck out across the deep river to rescue 3
wounded comrades on the far side. Upon reaching the 3 wounded men, he stood upright and fired into the dense vegetation
to prevent the Viet Cong from advancing. While the most seriously wounded soldier was helped across the river, Sgt. Davis
protected the 2 remaining casualties until he could pull them across the river to the fire support base. Though suffering
from painful wounds, he refused medical attention, joining another howitzer crew which fired at the large Viet Cong force
until it broke contact and fled. Sgt. Davis' extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life, are in keeping with the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army
|*FOUS, JAMES W.
Rank and organization: Private First Class,
U.S. Army, Company E, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Kien Hoa Province, Republic of Vietnam, 14 May 1968.
Entered service at: Omaha, Nebr.
Born: 14 October 1946, Omaha, Nebr.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Fous
distinguished himself at the risk of his life while serving as a rifleman with Company E. Pfc. Fous was participating in a
reconnaissance-in-force mission when his unit formed its perimeter defense for the night. Pfc. Fous, together with 3 other
American soldiers, occupied a position in a thickly vegetated area facing a woodline. Pfc. Fous detected 3 Viet Cong
maneuvering toward his position and, after alerting the other men, directed accurate fire upon the enemy soldiers,
silencing 2 of them. The third Viet Cong soldier managed to escape in the thick vegetation after throwing a hand grenade
into Pfc. Fous' position. Without hesitation, Pfc. Fous shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon the lethal
explosive, absorbing the blast with his body to save the lives of the 3 men in the area at the sacrifice of his life. Pfc. Fous'
extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect
great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.