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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

Platoon Sgt. Grover Wolford

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DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Headquarters, United States Army Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96375

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 247

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

TC 320. The following AWARD is announced.

WOLFORD, GROVER. PLATOON SERGEANT United States Army Company C 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry, 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), APO 96383.
Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date of action: 4 April 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Platoon Sergeant Wolford distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 4 April 1968 during a reconnaissance-in-force mission near Bien Hoa. While moving through dense jungle undergrowth, his company encountered a reinforced Viet Cong company armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. Sergeant Wolford unhesitatingly exposed himself to the enemy barrage to direct the fires of his men and organize the evacuation of casualties. Spotting a wounded man lying at the base of a machine gun emplacement, he fearlessly destroyed the hostile position and rescued the soldier. After carrying two other injured men to safety, he was informed that the third platoon had suffered many casualties, including the platoon leader. Rushing to the beleaguered element, he extracted the platoon leader and two other wounded comrades from the killing zone. He then withdrew his men so that air strikes could be called in. When he discovered that three soldiers were missing, he returned to the bullet-swept area and, locating the men, brought them back to his unit's position. Platoon Sergeant Wolford's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.

FOR THE COMMANDER: