|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1946|
|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1967|
Kon Tum, Vietnam
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Date of Action: February 15 - 17, 1967
The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to John Delane Volner, Private First Class, 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 B, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Private First Class Volner distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions during the period 15 February 1967 to 17 February 1967 while serving as radio-telephone operator with an infantry unit during combat operations in Kontum Province. After learning that lead elements of his force were pinned down by intense cross fire from hostile emplacements, Private Volner unhesitatingly volunteered to move to their position to keep the company commander informed of developments in that sector. When these men were able to withdraw to higher ground, Private Volner received notice that another platoon was about to be overrun. Unflinching under the hail of fire that raked the area, he threaded his way into the pinned platoon. With a clearheaded account of enemy movements, he enabled the company commander to effectively maneuver his forces. On the evening of 17 February, Private Volner detected movement outside his unit's perimeter. His alertness prompted the company commander to call for artillery fire. While he was radioing information to the command post, Private Volner heard artillery rounds coming in on his own position. Heedless of his own safety, he grabbed a comrade moments before a round struck, pulled him to the bottom of the foxhole, and threw his own body on top of him to shield him from the blast. Private Volner was fatally wounded in this selfless and courageous sacrifice to save his comrade. Private First Class Volner's 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.
HQ US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1730 (April 15, 1967)
Home Town: Lexington, Tennessee
JOHN DELANE VOLNER is honored on Panel 15E, Row 55 of
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington D.C.
To see a wonderful photo of John, that was posted by Frank Markase, copy and paste this address in your browser ~ http://www.vvmf.org/thewall/Wall_Id_No=53856
Scotts Hill Methodist Cemetery
Created by: fonda flamingo
Record added: Aug 24, 2005
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