|MEDAL OF HONOR
|JENKINS, DON J.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army,
Company A, 2d Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division.
Place and date: Kien Phong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 6 January 1969.
Entered service at: Nashville, Tenn.
Born: 18 April 1948, Quality, Ky.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Jenkins
(then Pfc.), Company A, distinguished himself while serving as a machine gunner on a reconnaissance mission. When his
company came under heavy crossfire from an enemy complex, S/Sgt. Jenkins unhesitatingly maneuvered forward to a
perilously exposed position and began placing suppressive fire on the enemy. When his own machine gun jammed, he
immediately obtained a rifle and continued to fire into the enemy bunkers until his machine gun was made operative by
his assistant. He exposed himself to extremely heavy fire when he repeatedly both ran and crawled across open terrain to
obtain resupplies of ammunition until he had exhausted all that was available for his machine gun. Displaying
tremendous presence of mind, he then armed himself with 2 antitank weapons and, by himself, maneuvered through the
hostile fusillade to within 20 meters of an enemy bunker to destroy that position. After moving back to the friendly
defensive perimeter long enough to secure yet another weapon, a grenade launcher, S/Sgt. Jenkins moved forward to a
position providing no protection and resumed placing accurate fire on the enemy until his ammunition was again
exhausted. During this time he was seriously wounded by shrapnel. Undaunted and displaying great courage, he moved
forward 100 meters to aid a friendly element that was pinned down only a few meters from the enemy. This he did with
complete disregard for his own wound and despite having been advised that several previous rescue attempts had failed at
the cost of the life of 1 and the wounding of others. Ignoring the continuing intense fire and his painful wounds, and
hindered by darkness, he made 3 trips to the beleaguered unit, each time pulling a wounded comrade back to safety.
S/Sgt. Jenkins' extraordinary valor, dedication, and indomitable spirit inspired his fellow soldiers to repulse the
determined enemy attack and ultimately to defeat the larger force. S/Sgt. Jenkins risk of his life reflect great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
|KINSMAN, THOMAS JAMES
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry
Division. Place and date: Near Vinh Long, Republic of Vietnam, 6 February 1968. Entered service at: Seattle, Wash.
Born: 4 March 1945, Renton, Wash.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty Sp4c. Kinsman
(then Pfc.) distinguished himself in action in the afternoon while serving as a rifleman with Company B, on a
reconnaissance-in-force mission. As his company was proceeding up a narrow canal in armored troops carriers, it came
under sudden and intense rocket, automatic weapons and small-arms fire from a well entrenched Viet Cong force. The
company immediately beached and began assaulting the enemy bunker complex. Hampered by exceedingly dense
undergrowth which limited visibility to 10 meters, a group of 8 men became cut off from the main body of the company. As
they were moving through heavy enemy fire to effect a link-up, an enemy soldier in a concealed position hurled a grenade
into their midst. Sp4c. Kinsman immediately alerted his comrades of the danger, then unhesitatingly threw himself on
the grenade and blocked the explosion with his body. As a result of his courageous action, he received severe head and
chest wounds. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his personal safety and profound concern for his
fellow soldiers, Sp4c. Kinsman averted loss of life and injury to the other 7 men of his element. Sp4c. Kinsman's
extraordinary heroism at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions
of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.