Able, David Floyd, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
11H10-Infantry Direct Fire Crewman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11H10, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/C Company
Service Years
1964 - 1967

Staff Sergeant


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One Overseas Service Bar


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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1945
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Ft Worth, TX
Last Address
Ft Worth, TX

Casualty Date
Aug 25, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Mount Olivet Cemetery - Fort Worth, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25E 041 / Rose Garden

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord


 Unofficial Badges 




 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 
 Unit Assignments
1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment4th Infantry Division
  1966-1967, 11H10, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment/C Company
  1966-1967, 11H10, 4th Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  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

Casualty Ocurrence: Hostile meeting engagement 9km SW of Tam Ky Airfield
   
Comments/Citation
  


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 Staff Sergeant David Floyd Able (ASN: RA-18655584), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25 May 1967, Staff Sergeant Able distinguished himself while serving as a Platoon Sergeant in Company C, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, on a search and destroy mission near Tam Ky. His platoon was taken under fire by enemy forces using automatic weapons and one member of the point element was wounded. Disregarding his personal safety, Staff Sergeant Able rushed forward through the intense fire, recovered his fallen comrade and returned him to a protected place in a wooded area where the platoon medic rendered first aid. As the platoon placed retaliatory fire on the enemy positions, he started to radio a report of the situation to his platoon leader, but was wounded by a burst of enemy fire. Ignoring his wound, Staff Sergeant Able personally directed the fire of his men and began calling in artillery on the enemy positions. At the same time, he coordinated a sweep of the area by another platoon. He then established an area for the evacuation of the wounded and secured it against attack. As the evacuation helicopter approached the landing zone, Staff Sergeant Able guided it down and then supervised the loading of the wounded, boarding the aircraft himself only after he was sure that the rest of the wounded were already on. His courage and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.


   
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