Methodist (Also Listed as Evangelical United Brethren)
Married - Joyce A. Umstot
Daughter - Elizabeth Ann Bussey
Son – Gregory Eugene; April 20, 1965 - January 6, 1982. Interment with father at The Arlington National Cemetery.
Parents: Mr. & Mrs. Samuel G. Umstot, Sr., Keyser, West Virginia
ROTC – Potomac State College of WVU and Shepherd University 1958 - 1962
Regular Army – Enlisted 1966
Vietnam Tour of Duty Started June 6, 1968.
Died During an ambush from Hostile Actions due to Serious Wounds Sustained From Small Arms Fire / Gun or RPG Round. Died in the Binh Long Province, U.S. Military Region 3 (III Corps). Killed near the Loc Ninh Special Forces Camp, during The Battle of LOC NINH IV (11 Sept – 15 Sept 1968).
Award Of The Silver Star
General Orders Number 10480
3 October 1968
TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously. UMSTOT, SAMUEL G JR OFFICER CAPTAIN MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS United States Army. Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 28th Infantry.
Awarded: Silver Star.
Date of Action: 12 September 1968.
Theater: Republic of Vietnam.
Reason: For Gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: On this date, Captain Umstot was serving as the battalion medical operations assistant on a reconnaissance in force operation. As the friendly force proceeded through the treacherous area, it was suddenly subjected to intense rocket propelled grenade, machinegun, and automatic weapons fire from well concealed enemy positions which caused numerous casualties. Exposing himself to the enemy barrage raking the area, Captain Umstot began treating the more seriously wounded and directed their immediate evacuation to more secure locations. When the battle intensified, he continued to supervise the medical aid teams removing the injured soldiers. While moving about the area, he observed several casualties lying near the advancing Viet Cong position. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Captain Umstot maneuvered through the hail of hostile rounds and was mortally wounded while administering first aid to a companion. The exemplary courage, outstanding professional leadership, and selfless concern for his comrades demonstrated by Captain Umstot were instrumental in saving numerous lives, and significantly contributed to the success of the mission. Captain Umstot's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President, as established by the Act of Congress, 9 July 1918, and USARV Message 16695, dated 1 July 1966.
FOR THE COMMANDER:
ARCHIE R. HYLE
Chief of Staff
TC 320 The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
UMSTOT, SAMUEL G JR O116595 CAPTAIN MEDICAL SERVICE CORPS United States Army Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Battalion 28th Infantry
Awarded: Bronze Star Medal
Date of Action: June 1968 to September 1968
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For Meritorious Service. For distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam during the period June 1968 to September 1968. Through his untiring efforts and professional ability, he consistently obtained outstanding results. He was quick to grasp the implications of new problems with which he was faced as a result of the ever changing situations inherent in a cunterinsurgency operation and to find ways and means to solve those problems. The energetic applications of his extensive knowledge has materially contributed to the efforts of the United States mission to the Republic of Vietnam to assist that country in ridding itself of the communist threat to its freedom. His initiative, zeal, sound judgment and devotion to duty have been in the highest tradition of The United States Army and reflect great credit on him and on the military service.
Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962.
FOR THE COMANDER:
ARCHIE R. HYLE
Chief of Staff
Larry L. Warren
Assistant Adjutant General"
[Notation: The above three Award / Citation General Orders were received from:
Andrew E. Woods
Colonel Robert R. McCormick Research Center
First Division Museum at Cantigny
1 S 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189-3353
Sent to Gary McJimsey, ATWS member, via email.
"Home of The Free Because of The Brave"
Twelve men seriously wounded and died from an NVA ambush
on the dreadful day of September 12, 1968
Vincit Amor Patriae
Love of Country Conquers
28th Infantry Regiment
First Infantry Division
America’s First Infantry Division
Baldwin, Michael Richard, SGT, A Company (Infantry)
Boyce, Eugene Russell, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
Jenkins, Wayne Daniel, SP4, E Company (Infantry)
Martin, Kenneth Leroy, PFC, HHC (Medic)
Oxner, Marion Luther, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
Palm, Dale Arden, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
Ponath, Kurt Francis, PFC, A Company (Infantry)
Shark, Earl Eric, SGT-SFC, A Company (Infantry) POW / MIA
Williams, J.C., Jr, SP4, A Company (Infantry)
Wittman, William, PFC, E Company (Infantry)
Umstot, Samuel Gilmore, Jr., CPT, HHC (Field Medical Assistant)
Ambush site: The Squad of soldiers was on a reconnaissance-in-force mission about 5 kilometers northeast of Loc Ninh village and near the Loc Ninh Special Forces Camp, south side of
Highway 14A just below Hill 222, Binh Long Province, RVN.
This ambush / fire-fight with the NVA
was part of The Battle of Loc Ninh IV during
The Vietnam Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign
1 July 1968 to 1 November 1968
The Vietnam Memorial Fund web site:
My father was career military, though it was short lived. He loved what he did and always put forth his best effort. He volunteered for his tour, leaving behind a wife and two small children...but felt compelled to serve his country in any way he could. During his service as a physician's assistant in the "Big Red One" I am certain he touched many lives. Not only those of his fellow service men, but also of many civilian children and villagers in Vietnam, as I have letters and photos which attest to this fact. Momentos which now are among the few I have of the father I never truly got to know, but carry with the greatest of pride in my heart. He gave all for his country and with that I lost the opportunity to know the father who gave me life. I could not see his face in the crowd when I graduated high school or recieved my college diploma. He was not there to walk me down the aisle or relish the moment that his first born grandchild came into this world, but he is not forgotten. He will live on in the lives of his grandchildren as I teach them all I can of a man I bearly knew. Do not forget our veterans, regardless of your views on war. Look beyond the names on this wall and invision the individuals just like you and I. Through them hundreds, if not thousands of lives have been touched and changed forever. "I love you daddy, God willing, we will meet again and have eternity to catch up."
Posted by: Libby
Daddy, we were at the wall last week. Little Samantha traced the letters of your name with her finger and spelled the name "just like hers." It was such a sight! She's too young to understand right now, but one day she will.
Posted by: Libby
Taken From The Vietnam Memorial Wall - The Wall USA, web site:
CPT Samuel Gilmore Umstot, Jr
KIA Sept 12, 1968, RVN
Panel 44W - Line 42
By SGT Ken Brown, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
"Captain Samuel Umstot was a Physician Assistant and was not required to be in the field. He died ministering medical aid to a new guy we nicknamed "Horse". A medic, Kenneth L. Martin, died at this same position, North of Loc Ninh, south side of Highway 14A, just below Hill 222."