McHugh, John James, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1542, Det B-22 (An Khe/Qui Nhon), Company B (II CTZ) Detachment C-2 (Pleiku)
Service Years
1964 - 1968


Special Forces
First Lieutenant

One Overseas Service Bar

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 31, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Oakland Cemetery - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
36E 027

 Official Badges 

Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page

 Tributes from Members  
NOT FORGOTTEN posted by IN Wetzel, Tom (20 ALPHA), SGT 3
From Bruce Meredith posted by CA Short, Diane 829 
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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Parachutist (Basic)
Machine Gun
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, 1st Battalion, 1st Training Regiment (Fort Jackson, SC), B/4
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne SchoolUS Continental Army Command (CONARC)US Army Marksmanship UnitOfficer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
U.S. Army5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1965-1965, 17D, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1965-1965, US Continental Army Command (CONARC)
  1965-1966, US Army Marksmanship Unit
  1966-1966, 6, Officer Candidate School (Infantry) Fort Benning, GA
  1966-1967, 1542, US Continental Army Command (CONARC)
  1966-1967, 1542, US Army Marksmanship Unit
  1967-1967, 1542, Special Forces Officer's Course
  1967-1968, 1542, Det B-22 (An Khe/Qui Nhon), Company B (II CTZ) Detachment C-2 (Pleiku)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of the Qui Nhon radio station complex1
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)1
 Colleges Attended 
Temple University
  1960-1964, Temple University
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  1LT John James McHugh19
  Army Times Hall of Valor for John J. McHugh
  Nov 17, 2013, General Photos5
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Not Specified
1LT JOHN J. McHUGH Citation: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to John J. McHugh (0-5331478), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Detachment B-22, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. First Lieutenant McHugh distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 30 January 1968 while serving with the Special Forces. A large force of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army soldiers had taken control of the Qui Nhon radio station complex, and he was making a reconnaissance of their activity. While moving to an advantageous position for observation, he was wounded by fragments from an enemy hand grenade. Refusing to seek medical treatment, he recruited a small force of Vietnamese soldiers from the streets and led an attack through a hail of bullets over a wall into the radio station compound and gained control of one of the buildings. Intense enemy fire wounded him again and, realizing that his troops could not hold their positions much longer, he withdrew to rally reinforcements. After gathering another small force, Lieutenant McHugh launched a second attack on the enemy-held complex. Despite being wounded a third time, he continued leading his gallant assault and seized the ground floor of the radio station. He then returned through savage hostile fire to the streets to solicit more assistance in routing the insurgents. While performing this task, he was intercepted by a medical recovery team and evacuated. First Lieutenant McHugh's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were 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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