Ference, Edward Paul, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11B40-Infantry Platoon Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 11B40, 1st Infantry Division
Service Years
1951 - 1965


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Three Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ayer, PA
Last Address
Ayer, PA

Casualty Date
Nov 12, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Stanislaus Cemetery - Plains, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
03E 043

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2014, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment1st Infantry Division
  1965-1965, 11B40, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Infantry Regiment
  1965-1965, 11B40, 1st Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)
  1952-1952 Second Korean Winter (1951-52)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Takes Pride in Presenting



The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Edward Paul Ference (RA33941719), Sergeant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Ference was serving as assistant patrol leader of a thirteen-man patrol operating in the vicinity of Ap Bau Bang, Republic of Vietnam, forward of the 2d Battalion, 2d Infantry, 1st Infantry Division's defensive perimeter. In the early morning hours of 12 November 1965 the patrol was surrounded by approximately sixty well-armed Viet Cong. Rather than be ambushed, the patrol leader, using the element of surprise, immediately engaged the vastly superior force in a fierce firefight. During the ensuing battle, Sergeant Ference, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, exposed himself to the murderous insurgent automatic weapons and mortar fire to move among the members of his patrol and direct deadly fire upon the advancing Viet Cong, which resulted in the annihilation of at least twenty insurgents. When the patrol was ordered to withdraw, Sergeant Ference disregarding his own safety, again exposed himself to the murderous hail of hostile fire and covered the withdrawal to the 2d Battalion's defensive perimeter. Sergeant Ference, without personal regard, again rushed through the intense insurgent fire to aid two fallen patrol members, only to find the men mortally wounded and on the verge of death. Upon reaching the defensive perimeter, Sergeant Ference noticed that another comrade was wounded and lying in the midst of the advancing hostile horde. Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, Sergeant Ference left the relative safety of his position, and went to the aid of his stricken comrade. During this heroic and valorous attempt, he was mortally wounded. Sergeant Ference'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.
HQ, USAPAC, General Orders 42
Feb 28, 66

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