|MEDAL OF HONOR
|LANG, GEORGE C.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army , Company A, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry, 9th Infantry
Division. Place and date: Kien Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam, 22 February 1969. Entered service at: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Born: 20 April 1947, Flushing, N.Y .
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Lang,
Company A, was serving as a squad leader when his unit, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission, encountered intense fire
from a well fortified enemy bunker complex. Sp4c. Lang observed an emplacement from which heavy fire was coming.
Unhesitatingly, he assaulted the position and destroyed it with hand grenades and rifle fire. Observing another
emplacement approximately 15 meters to his front, Sp4c. Lang jumped across a canal, moved through heavy enemy fire to
within a few feet of the position, and eliminated it, again using hand grenades and rifle fire. Nearby, he discovered a large
cache of enemy ammunition. As he maneuvered his squad forward to secure the cache, they came under fire from yet a
third bunker. Sp4c. Lang immediately reacted, assaulted his position, and destroyed it with the remainder of his grenades.
After returning to the area of the arms cache, his squad again came under heavy enemy rocket and automatic weapons
fire from 3 sides and suffered 6 casualties. Sp4c. Lang was 1 of those seriously wounded. Although immobilized and in
great pain, he continued to direct his men until his evacuation was ordered over his protests. The sustained extraordinary
courage and selflessness exhibited by this soldier over an extended period of time were an inspiration to his comrades and
are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.
|*NASH, DAVID P
. Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army,
Company B, 2d Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Giao Duc District, Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 29 December 1968.
Entered service at: Louisville, Ky.
Born: 3 November 1947, Whitesville, Ky.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Nash
distinguished himself while serving as a grenadier with Company B, in Giao Duc District. When an ambush patrol of
which he was a member suddenly came under intense attack before reaching its destination, he was the first to return the
enemy fire. Taking an exposed location, Pfc. Nash suppressed the hostile fusillade with a rapid series of rounds from his
grenade launcher, enabling artillery fire to be adjusted on the enemy. After the foe had been routed, his small element
continued to the ambush site where he established a position with 3 fellow soldiers on a narrow dike. Shortly past
midnight, while Pfc. Nash and a comrade kept watch and the 2 other men took their turn sleeping, an enemy grenade
wounded 2 soldiers in the adjacent position. Seconds later, Pfc. Nash saw another grenade land only a few feet from his
own position. Although he could have escaped harm by rolling down the other side of the dike, he shouted a warning to
his comrades and leaped upon the lethal explosive. Absorbing the blast with his body, he saved the lives of the 3 men in
the area at the sacrifice of his life. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military
service, Pfc. Nash has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
|*DEVORE, EDWARD A., Jr.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry
Division. Place and date: Near Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, 17 March 1968 . Entered service at: Harbor City, Calif.
Born: 15 June 1947, Torrance, Calif.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. DeVore,
distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the afternoon of 17 March 1968, while serving as a machine
gunner with Company B, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission approximately 5 kilometers south of Saigon. Sp4c.
DeVore's platoon, the company's lead element, abruptly came under intense fire from automatic weapons, Claymore
mines, rockets and grenades from well-concealed bunkers in a nipa palm swamp. One man was killed and 3 wounded
about 20 meters from the bunker complex. Sp4c. DeVore raced through a hail of fire to provide a base of fire with his
machine gun, enabling the point element to move the wounded back to friendly lines. After supporting artillery, gunships
and air strikes had been employed on the enemy positions, a squad was sent forward to retrieve their fallen comrades.
Intense enemy frontal and enfilading automatic weapons fire pinned down this element in the kill zone. With complete
disregard for his personal safety, Sp4c. DeVore assaulted the enemy positions. Hit in the shoulder and knocked down
about 35 meters short of his objectives, Sp4c. DeVore, ignoring his pain and the warnings of his fellow soldiers, jumped to
his feet and continued his assault under intense hostile fire. Although mortally wounded during this advance, he
continued to place highly accurate suppressive fire upon the entrenched insurgents. By drawing the enemy fire upon
himself, Sp4c. DeVore enabled the trapped squad to rejoin the platoon in safety. Sp4c. DeVore's extraordinary heroism
and devotion to duty in close combat were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great
credit upon himself, the 39th Infantry, and the U.S. Army.