Faircloth, Johnnie William, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1957 - 1965


Honor Guard
Staff Sergeant


Two Service Stripes


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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1939
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Cordele, GA
Last Address
Cordele, GA

Casualty Date
Sep 18, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunnyside Cemetery - Cordele, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
02E 087

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)101st Airborne Division 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
  1960-1963, 111.10, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard)/HHC
  1960-1963, 11B40, 1st Battalion, 3rd Infantry (The Old Guard)/HHC
  1964-1965, 11B10, 101st Airborne Division
  1965-1965, 11B10, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation

Silver Star

FAIRCLOTH, JOHNNIE W.
RA14608232 STAFF SERGEANT United States Army


For gallantry in action: Staff Sergeant Faircloth distinguished himself by heroic action on 18 September 1965 while serving as a rifle squad leader in an airborne infantry battalion on 2 heliborne search and destroy operations in the Republic of Vietnam. Almost immediately after landing, Sergeant Faircloth's element was pinned down by enemy small arms fire. The unit received instructions to move forth to link up with the main force approximately 800 meters away. With enemy sniper fire coming from the west, and knowing the small unit was completely surrounded by enemy forces, Sergeant Faircloth, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, led the first element of the unit north. After moving approximately 20 meters, the element came under a heavy volume of small arms and machine gun fire. Sergeant Faircloth was wounded and fell to the ground, signaling the other members of the element to return to the unit's positions. He refused to accept medical aid for himself knowing that it might result in another casualty. Sergeant Faircloth was wounded several more times by enemy machine gun fire and died on the battle field. His fearlessness and genuine concern for his subordinates in the face of his own peril was an inspiration to the entire unit. Staff Sergeant Faircloth's unimpeachable valor in close combat against numerically superior forces was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


GENERAL ORDERS  1537 9 Nov 65

   
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