Versace, Humbert Roque, CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
1210-Armored Combat Command Commander
Last MOS Group
Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1962-1965, 1210, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
Service Years
1959 - 1965
Foreign Language(s)
Vietnamese

Armor


Special Forces

Ranger
Captain


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Home State
Hawaii
Hawaii
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Honolulu, HI
Last Address
Honolulu, HI

Casualty Date
Sep 26, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
1E,33/MG 108 IMO

 Official Badges 

President of the United States


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne Combat Advisor Ranger Hall Of Fame


 Military Association Memberships
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorCongressional Medal Of Honor SocietyVietnam Veterans MemorialMedal of Honor
The National Gold Star Family Registry
  1965, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor [Verified]
  2002, Congressional Medal Of Honor Society
  2012, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2015, Medal of Honor [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2019, The National Gold Star Family Registry

 Photo Album   (More...


 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
Army Ranger School3rd Battalion, 40th Armored Regiment3rd Infantry Division(35F)  Intelligence Analyst Course
(DLI South-West) Vietnamese Language CourseSpecial Forces UnitsPOW/MIA
  1959-1959, 1203, Army Ranger School
  1960-1961, 1203, 3rd Battalion, 40th Armored Regiment
  1961-1962, 1203, 3rd Infantry Division
  1962-1962, 1203, (35F) Intelligence Analyst Course
  1962-1962, 1203, (DLI South-West) Vietnamese Language Course
  1962-1965, 1210, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1963-1965, POW/MIA
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1955-1959, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

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WITH CIDG COMPANY 4 KM NORTH OF TAN PHU 19631029


Capt. Humbert Roque Versace was taken prisoner on 29 October 1963, during an operation near U Minh Forest, while accompanying a Vietnamese unit.

Over the next two years as a POW at Hiep Hoa, Versace defied his captors' attempts to indoctrinate him, so infuriating them that they executed him in 1965.


Medal of Honor

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Captain Humbert Roque Versace, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.

Captain Humbert R. Versace distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism during the period of 29 October 1963 to 26 September 1965, while serving as S-2 Advisor, Military Assistance Advisory Group, Detachment 52, Ca Mau, Republic of Vietnam.

While accompanying a Civilian Irregular Defense Group patrol engaged in combat operations in Thoi Binh District, An Xuyen Province, Captain Versace and the patrol came under sudden and intense mortar, automatic weapons, and small arms fire from elements of a heavily armed enemy battalion. As the battle raged, Captain Versace, although severely wounded in the knee and back by hostile fire, fought valiantly and continued to engage enemy targets. Weakened by his wounds and fatigued by the fierce firefight, Captain Versace stubbornly resisted capture by the over-powering Viet Cong force with the last full measure of his strength and ammunition.

Taken prisoner by the Viet Cong, he exemplified the tenets of the Code of Conduct from the time he entered into Prisoner of War status. Captain Versace assumed command of his fellow American soldiers, scorned the enemy's exhaustive interrogation and indoctrination efforts, and made three unsuccessful attempts to escape, despite his weakened condition which was brought about by his wounds and the extreme privation and hardships he was forced to endure.

During his captivity, Captain Versace was segregated in an isolated prisoner of war cage, manacled in irons for prolonged periods of time, and placed on extremely reduced ration. The enemy was unable to break his indomitable will, his faith in God, and his trust in the United States of America.

Captain Versace, an American fighting man who epitomized the principles of his country and the Code of Conduct, was executed by the Viet Cong on 26 September 1965.

Captain Versace's gallant actions in close contact with an enemy force and unyielding courage and bravery while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the United States Army.

Action Date: October 29, 1963 - September 26, 1965
Service: Army
Rank: Captain
Company: Detachment A-23
Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Division: 1st Special Forces
   
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K.  Rue
kbar275@gmail.com
USMA Alumnus & FoRV
Alexandria, VA U.S.A.
Memorial Day 2008 - Remembering Rocky

Classmates and Friends came to the CPT Rocky Versace Plaza and Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Alexandria, VA on Memorial Day, 26 May 2008 to keep the memory of the posthumous Medal of Honor recipient alive. In a remark by John Gurr, Rocky is “Gone, but NOT forgotten.” During the Ceremony to honor all 67 men on Alexandria’s Vietnam War Memorial, John read Rocky’s name. Following the Ceremony, his Classmates and Friends gathered for a group photo. Pictured here next to the statue of Rocky at the Plaza are (from left to right): (1) Mr Rex Rhein (USMA 1959) (2) COL Powell Hutton (USMA 1959) (3) Mr John Gurr (USMA 1959) (4) COL Bruce Williams (USMA 1959) (5) LTC Tom Boyle (USMA 1959) (6) LTC Don Morgan (USMA 1959) (7) LTC Art Griffin (USMA 1959) (8) COL Lou Beard (USMA 1959) (9) Mr Joe Flynn (Friends of Rocky Versace) (10) LTC Frank Besson (USMA 1959) and (11) Mr Mike Faber (Honorary USMA 1959 & Friends of Rocky Versace).
Aug 27, 2009

   
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