|Birth: ||Apr. 24, 1943, USA|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1968, Vietnam|
KIA, received many commendations for the actions that resulted in his death, but saved several men.
"AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
JONES, Gary C. O5328782 1st Lieutenant Infantry
Company D, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
Distinguished Service Cross
Republic of Vietnam
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Gary C. Jones, 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 Company D, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. First Lieutenant Jones distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 February 1968 as commander of an infantry company conducting a combat mission near Lan Trung. His unit made contact with an estimated battalion of Viet Cong occupying an entrenched and heavily fortified bunker complex in a woodline. Following artillery strikes on the enemy, Lieutenant Jones deployed his troops and led a fierce assault across an open field, which was the only avenue of approach. Nearing the woodline, the company was subjected to withering automatic weapons, small arms and rocket fire from the concealed insurgents. Lieutenant Jones fearlessly exposed himself to the savage fusillade as he directed his men to return fires and move to the sparse protection of a nearby berm. He quickly regrouped his troops, positioned them on line and led a second assault on the Viet Cong. Heedless of a hail of bullets striking all around him, he gallantly pressed the attack. Lieutenant Jones was mortally wounded while shouting words of encouragement and directing devastating fire on the insurgent fortifications. His dauntless and inspiring leadership in close combat contributed immeasurably to the subsequent defeat of the numerically superior enemy force. First Lieutenant Jones' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President."
Ann C. Cunningham (1944 - 2007)*
Holly Hill Memorial Park
Created by: Jane Strickland
Record added: Feb 07, 2008
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