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DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

SFC Jesse A. Isaac

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

GENERAL ORDERS
NUMBER 5005

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

TC 439. The following AWARD is announced.

ISAAC, JESSE A. SERGEANT FIRST CLASS United States Army Company B, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, 3d Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), APO 96383.
Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Date of action: 25 April 1970
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.

Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam; Sergeant First Class Isaac distinguished himself on 25 April 1970 while leading a platoon during combat operations near an allied fire support base. As Sergeant Isaac's company moved through the mountainous jungle terrain, they came under a heavy barrage of small arms and automatic weapons fire from an undetermined size enemy force. The sergeant immediately deployed his men into strategic defensive positions and directed their fire toward the hostile element. Realizing that other action must be initiated to relieve the pressure on his company, Sergeant Isaac assaulted the enemy, spraying their positions with intense rifle fire as he advanced. Although wounded during his assault, the sergeant secured a position within a few meters of an enemy bunker and destroyed it with an accurately thrown hand grenade. He then directed his attention to an enemy sniper placing accurate suppressive fire on the allied troops. Ignoring the accurate fire directed toward him, he engaged the sniper and eliminated him with a well aimed burst of rifle fire. After returning to his men, he led an aggressive assault against the remaining enemy positions that drove the hostile force from the area. Sergeant First Class Isaac'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.

FOR THE COMMANDER:

CHARLES M. GETTYS
Major General, USA
Chief of Staff

PAUL T. SMITH
Colonel, AGC
Adjutant General