Petersen, Danny John, SP 4 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1969-1970, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
Service Years
1968 - 1970
Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate



Specialist 4



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Home State
Kansas
Kansas
Year of Birth
1949
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Atchison
Last Address
Atchison

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Tay Ninh
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
14W 020

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord 25th Infantry Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award


 
 Unit Assignments
23rd Infantry Regiment/4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
  1969-1970, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment/B Company
  1969-1970, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning Division)
 Combat and Operations History
  1968-1970 Cold War (1945-1989)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign 23 February to 8 June 1969 VSM Streamer
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign 9 June to 31 October 1969 VSM Streamer
  1969-1970 Vietnam War
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970 VSM Steamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 9 January 1970. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crewmembers of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within ten feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Specialist Fourth Class Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from three sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army. DAGO 44 September 12, 1974



   
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