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PFC Jerry Lee Ewing
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Birth: May 24, 1948, USA
Death: Mar. 21, 1969, Vietnam

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PFC, Company E, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, Vietnam

Distinguished Service Cross
Bronze Star
Air Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Purple Heart

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Jerry Lee Ewing (RA67154815), Private, 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 E, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Private Ewing distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions in the early hours of 21 March 1969 while serving as a perimeter guard at Landing Zone White in Tay Ninh Province. The base came under rocket and mortar fire, followed by attacks by North Vietnamese Army sappers. A rocket exploded against the side of Private Ewing's bunker, collapsing it and forcing him and another guard to seek shelter from the communists' barrage. As they made their way to a trench, Private Ewing noticed one of the enemy throwing a grenade at his companion. Yelling a warning, he pushed his comrade into the trench, jumped on top of him, and used his own body to shield him from the explosion. By absorbing the full impact of the grenade, he saved his fellow soldier from injury. Private Ewing'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.
Headquarters, US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 1941 (June 3, 1969)
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan
 
 
Burial:
Westlawn Cemetery
Wayne
Wayne County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Robert Fowler
Record added: Sep 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58244610
PFC Jerry Lee Ewing
Added by: Thomas Gregg
 
 
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Private First Class Jerry Lee Ewing has Honoree Record 245952, with biography, at MilitaryHallofHonor.com.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Jun. 3, 2016
Cousin Jerry, I chose these forget me nots because I know you only by picture,but I think of you often.Your picture hangs in dad and mom's den. Your Uncle Lon, has a son that is your twin. His name is David Thank your for your service. RIP Cousin.
- George Anna Yarbro
 Added: Sep. 12, 2015
Jerry, your sacrifice and heroism will not be forgotten, Thanks
- Sue Seeterlin Rice
 Added: Jun. 19, 2015
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