Litzinger, Duane Edward, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11D40- Armor Reconnaissance Senior NCO
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 11D40, A Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Service Years
1951 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

Five Service Stripes

Seven Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waite Park
Last Address
Waite Park, MN

Casualty Date
Feb 06, 1968
Hostile, Died while Missing
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Kontum (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E 060/Section 33, Site 8070

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award

 Unit Assignments
8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Infantry) 1st Cavalry Division8th Infantry Division7th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
  1951-1952, 4733, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade (Infantry) 1st Cavalry Division
  1962-1964, 4733, 8th Infantry Division
  1964-1965, 11D20, 7th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 11D40, A Company, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
  1967-1968, 11D40, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
The President of the United States of America, under the provisions of the Act of Congress approved July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private First Class Duane E. Litzinger, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as a Squad Leader with Company K, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Private First Class Litzinger distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism in action against enemy aggressor forces in the vicinity of Mago-ri, Korea, on 11 and 12 October 1951. On that date, Private Litzinger's company was engaged in an assault against well-fortified enemy emplacements. In the opening phases of the attack, Private Litzinger was assigned to provide overhead machine-gun fire to support the attacking infantry. The heavy enemy counter-fire soon disabled his weapon and wounded two of his comrades. Exposing himself to the direct observation of the enemy, he fearlessly moved to the two men and evacuated them to safety. Upon returning to the battle Private Litzinger, armed only with his carbine, single-handedly advanced against a hostile automatic-weapon emplacement and killed the crew manning the machine gun. Later, when another attack was launched by the friendly troops, Private Litzinger, observing that his comrades were pinned down by intense enemy automatic-weapons fire, organized five men and led them against the hostile bunkers. Working their way to within a few yards of the enemy positions, the men assaulted the emplacements with grenades under the direction of Private Litzinger and destroyed three of them. With the enemy automatic-weapons silenced, the friendly troops were able to renew their assault and secure their objective. The platoon was immediately arranged in a defense perimeter, with Private Litzinger and two comrades in a forward position. When the fanatical enemy counterattack came, Private Litzinger's emplacement bore the brunt of the assault. Fighting fiercely and with great determination, he held his ground, repulsing the enemy with extremely heavy casualties.

Headquarters, Eighth U.S. Army, Korea: General Orders No. 1003 (December 20, 1951)
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