Saffell, Ronald Cory, SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Specialist 4

One Overseas Service Bar

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by 1SG Thomas M. Hackler, Sr. (Hack-Attack)-Deceased to remember Saffell, Ronald Cory, SP 4.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Dec 16, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Phuoc Long (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Gardens - Odessa, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36W 031

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]2 - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Auto Rifle
Machine Gun

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
  1968-1968, 11B10, B Company, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Ronald Cory Saffell, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Fourth Class Saffell distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 16 December 1968, while serving as a rifleman with Company B, 1st Battalion (Airborne) (Airmobile, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), during a search and clear mission near Song Be, Republic of Vietnam. When his unit became heavily engaged with a large enemy force and a fellow soldier was wounded a short distance from his position, Specialist Saffell exposed himself to the intense hostile fire as he made two unsuccessful attempts to reach the injured man. During each attempt, Specialist Saffell placed a heavy volume of fire upon the insurgents' positions. While trying a third time to reach his comrade, Specialist Saffell was mortally wounded by the searing enemy fire. His gallant action was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), General Orders No. 15510 (December 30, 1968)
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