De Vore, Edward Allen, Jr., SP 4

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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division
Service Years
1966 - 1968
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate

Specialist 4



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1947
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Torrance

Casualty Date
Mar 18, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Multiple Fragmentation Wounds
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple Heart
  1968, Military Order of the Purple Heart [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Rifle
Machine Gun

 
 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Leonard Wood, MO)
 Unit Assignments
4th Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division
  1967-1968, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment
  1967-1968, 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1955-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity





Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class,
U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
Place and date: Near Saigon, Republic of Vietnam, 17 March 1968 

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SP4 DeVore, distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the afternoon of 17 March 1968, while serving as a machine gunner with Company B, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission approximately 5 kilometers south of Saigon. SP4 DeVore's platoon, the company's lead element, abruptly came under intense fire from automatic weapons, Claymore mines, rockets and grenades from well-concealed bunkers in a nipa palm swamp. One man was killed and 3 wounded about 20 meters from the bunker complex. SP4 DeVore raced through a hail of fire to provide a base of fire with his machinegun, enabling the point element to move the wounded back to friendly lines. After supporting artillery, gunships and air strikes had been employed on the enemy positions, a squad was sent forward to retrieve their fallen comrades. Intense enemy frontal and enfilading automatic weapons fire pinned down this element in the kill zone. With complete disregard for his personal safety, SP4 DeVore assaulted the enemy positions. Hit in the shoulder and knocked down about 35 meters short of his objectives, SP4 DeVore, ignoring his pain and the warnings of his fellow soldiers, jumped to his feet and continued his assault under intense hostile fire. Although mortally wounded during this advance, he continued to place highly accurate suppressive fire upon the entrenched insurgents. By drawing the enemy fire upon himself, SP4 DeVore enabled the trapped squad to rejoin the platoon in safety. SP4 DeVore's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in close combat were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 39th Infantry, and the U.S. Army. 


   
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