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David Herbert McNerney
Birth: Jun. 2, 1931
Lowell
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Oct. 10, 2010
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA

Vietnam War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. McNerney served in Vietnam as a First Sergeant with Company A of the First Battalion, Eighth Infantry, Fourth Infantry Division. On March 21, 1967, McNerney and his company were dropped into an area near Polei Doc in South Vietnam to search for a missing reconnaissance team. The next day, his unit was attacked by an enemy battalion that was three times the size of his company. McNerney ran through enemy fire to the front, where the fighting was at its most intense, to assist in organizing a defensive perimeter. He attacked several enemy soldiers who had crept close to his position and killed them, but was knocked to the ground and wounded by a grenade in the process. Despite being injured by the explosion, he assaulted an enemy machine gun emplacement which had pinned down five soldiers beyond the defenses. When McNerney learned that the unit commander and artillery observer were dead he took on both roles, calling in artillery fire to within 20 meters of his unit in an attempt to repulse the enemy. McNerney called for a helicopter extraction for the wounded but found his unit was out of smoke canisters used to mark landing areas. After locating a landing zone, he climbed a tree to tie an identification panel to its top branches to mark his unit's position. McNerney returned to his unit's position and continued to organize and motivate the defenses while checking on the wounded and clearing the landing zone of trees. McNerney found that demolition material lay beyond the defenses, so he left the safety of his unit to locate some abandoned explosives. McNerney blew up the trees which could have blocked the helicopters and oversaw his unit's evacuation when the helicopters arrived. Despite his injuries, McNerney remained with his unit until the next day when a new commander arrived. For his leadership of his unit that day, McNerney was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor By President Lyndon B. Johnson on September 19, 1968.  (bio by: Rick Kauffman) 
 
Burial:
Houston National Cemetery
Houston
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section H-A Site 4
GPS (lat/lon): 29.93097, -95.45109
 
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Originally Created by: Rick Kauffman
Record added: Oct 12, 2010
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David Herbert McNerney
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