Lehew, Donald Lee, SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11F40-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, 11F40, Det A-430 (DON PHUC), Company D (IV CTZ) Detachment C-4 (Can Tho)
Service Years
1953 - 1966

Sergeant First Class

Four Service Stripes

Nine Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fort Bragg, NC

Casualty Date
Aug 26, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Phu Quoc Island (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Johns Episcopal Churchyard - Salem, Salem Co., New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 048

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
The National Purple Heart Hall of HonorVietnam Veterans MemorialNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1966, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1988, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Special Forces
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1953, Basic Training (Fort Dix, NJ)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Det A-430 (DON PHUC), Company D (IV CTZ) Detachment C-4 (Can Tho) Special Forces Units
  1965-1966, 11F40, Det A-430 (DON PHUC), Company D (IV CTZ) Detachment C-4 (Can Tho)
  1965-1966, 11F40, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Donald is buried at Saint Johns Episcopal Churchyard, Salem, Salem County, New Jersey. He also has been inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame.
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 Donald Lee Lehew, 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 Detachment A-430, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces.

Sergeant First Class Lehew distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 26 August 1966 as intelligence sergeant of a Special Forces unit conducting a mission on Phu Quoc Island. Following a sweeping action on a fortified hill, Sergeant Lehew skillfully deployed his troops to break up an enemy ambush.

Under intense small arms fire, he helped move a wounded comrade to a safe position where he administered first aid to the man. While helping his detachment commander evacuate the dead and wounded from the battlefield after the engagement, he detected a hidden enemy bunker. A Viet Cong soldier began firing from the position, and Sergeant Lehew pushed his commander to the ground, saving the officer's life. As his unit maneuvered to join a relief force, he placed himself among the force's leading elements.

After moving a short distance, two Viet Cong companies opened fire from entrenched positions, momentarily disorganizing his troops. Sergeant Lehew, by exemplary leadership, was able to rally his men and direct a tremendous volume of fire into the attackers. Refusing to pull back to a less exposed position, he instead charged alone into the enemy fusillade, deliberately assaulting the main insurgent position. He was mortally wounded while fearlessly and unselfishly placing the welfare of his men above his own in the heat of battle. His quick action threw the Viet Cong off balance long enough for air support to arrive and prevent the friendly force from being overwhelmed.

Sergeant First Class Lehew's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, where 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. 3683 (August 1, 1968) Action Date: 26-Aug-66
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Company: Detachment A-430
Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Division: 1st Special Forces
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