Wagner, Dan, Jr., SFC

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Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Last Service Branch
Branch Immaterial
Last Primary MOS
11C20-Mortar Squad Leader
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1967, Reconnaissance Team Ohio, Command & Control Central (CCC)
Service Years
1955 - 1967


Special Forces
Sergeant First Class


Four Service Stripes



Three Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1936
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Pineville
Last Address
Pineville

Casualty Date
Dec 15, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam, South (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Lafayette Memorial Park - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
32E 007

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Basic Parachutist (5 Combat Jumps)
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 
 Unit Assignments
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)5th Special Forces Group (A)
Reconnaissance Team Ohio, Command & Control Central (CCC)
  1961-1965, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1965-1967, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1967-1967, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1967-1967, 5th Special Forces Group (A)
  1967-1967, Reconnaissance Team Ohio, Command & Control Central (CCC)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1962-1963 Multiple JUSMAAGV Operations 1959-1963
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Silver Star
 
The Silver Star Medal
Dan Wagner, Jr.
   
Comments/Citation
For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Sergeant First Class Wagner distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 15 December 1967 while serving as patrol leader of a long range reconnaissance team operating in enemy controlled territory. His team was infiltrated into an area containing major enemy troop concentrations and installations, with the mission of locating them and destroying them with tactical air strikes. Although the patrol was discovered and pursued, Sergeant Wagner declined to call for evacuation and expertly maneuvered his team to evade the enemy. During this movement, he pinpointed several large troop concentrations. He then led the patrol to high ground and requested fighter aircraft. As he directed devastating air strikes on the hostile forces and equipment, the team suddenly began receiving intense fire from an enemy unit which had followed the patrol's maneuver. Sergeant Wagner alertly diverted the air strikes to the attackers. Exposed to a savage hail of bullets, he continued to direct the fighter aircraft until the insurgents fled in disorder. Sergeant Wagner was mortally wounded by sniper fire while skillfully adjusting lethal air strikes on the routed enemy. His courageous actions saved the lives of his comrades and enabled them to complete the mission. Sergeant First Class Wagner's gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

   
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