Farmer, Neil Philip, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Armor
Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
Service Years
1950 - 1969

Sergeant First Class


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Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1931
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Guilford
Last Address
Guilford, Indiana

Casualty Date
Apr 11, 1969
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27W 055

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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 
 Unit Assignments
24th Infantry Division1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
  1950-1951, 3795, 24th Infantry Division
  1968-1969, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Operation Killer
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
At one point in Dover native Neil Farmer’s Army career, he decided it was time to leave the military and he did - for 89 days. He had 90 days to re-enlist so he could return to the same rank. Jobs were scarce and he liked the military," said brother George Farmer, Guilford. “He just liked the military. He felt it was something he could make a career out of,”  said George Farmer.

After graduating from Guilford High School, Farmer initially entered the Army during the Korean War. He decided enlisting was better than being drafted. While in Korea, he was wounded twice by hand grenades," said his brother.  He was first wounded on 9 February 1951 while serving as a tank crewman in South Korea (Rank of Pvt E-2). He was wounded again in North Korea on 9 October 1951. Serving with the 24th Infantry Division at that time

Though he talked about his experiences sometimes, he loved to talk about tanks.

During the Vietnam War, Farmer was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for bravery for his actions as a platoon sergeant during a search and clear mission near the village of Bao Binh Ha. While he was destroying an unoccupied enemy bunker, his platoon came under heavy fire from automatic weapons.

“Although wounded he directed three tracks in an assault which overran communists’ strong holds. ... Sgt. Farmer crossed the bullet-swept rice paddies to assist the injured in another vehicle,” according to a citation from the Department of the Army. He then was killed by a grenade made to blow up tanks," said George Farmer.

Farmer left behind a wife and two sons who were living in Germany at the time of his
death.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Cross, he received two Silver Stars, four Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts among others.

In the mid-1970s, commanding officer,  Philip L. BolteÌ, who was on the same operation as Farmer when he was killed, had the chance to propose the name of a tank park in Fort Knox, Ky. Family members of the Guilford High School grad were on hand to witness the dedication of Farmer Tank Park. His commanding officer felt he had distinguished himself," said George Farmer. Neil Philip Farmer


SFC Neil Farmer was interred in Community Cemetery, Schraudenbach, Germany.
   
Comments/Citation
Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class Neil Philip Farmer, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Americal Division.

Sergeant First Class Farmer distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 11 April, 1969 as a platoon sergeant during a search and clear mission near the village of Bao Binh Ha.

While he was destroying an unoccupied enemy bunker, his platoon came under heavy automatic weapons fire from a well fortified ambush position. Sergeant Farmer immediately returned to his vehicle, crawling seventy five meters through open rice paddies, receiving wounds in his right arm from the hostile fusillade. Although wounded he directed three tracks in an assault which over ran the communists' strongholds. Enemy fire however, soon erupted from a second location and the lead vehicle sustained several direct hits from antitank and recoilless rifle rounds, wounding or killing the entire crew.

Leaving the safety of his own vehicle, Sergeant Farmer crossed the bullet-swept rice paddies to assist the injured in the other vehicle. As the communists intensified their barrage, he mounted the disabled track and was beginning to place suppressive fire on the foe when a rocket-propelled grenade struck the gun shield of his weapon, wounding him fatally.

Sergeant First Class Farmer's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were 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: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1951 (June 3, 1969)
Action Date: 11-Apr-69
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Company: Troop B, 1st Squadron
Regiment: 1st Cavalry Regiment
Division: Americal Division
   
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