1LT Roger Joseph Bachman

1LT Roger Joseph Bachman

Birth
USA
Death 19 Nov 1969 (aged 24)
Quảng Nam, Vietnam
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 46 Site 981-3
Memorial ID 14659877 View Source
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1Lt, US Army
KIA

D CO, 3RD BN, 21ST INFANTRY, 196TH INFANTRY BDE, AMERICAL DIV, USARV

Lt Bachman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. His name is located on the Wall at Panel W16, Line 94.


Silver Star Citation

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Roger Joseph Bachman, United States Army, for gallantry in action against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Bachman distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 18 November 1969 while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company D, 3d Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. On that date, the company's night defensive position near Thuan Long came under an intense enemy attack. Just prior to the attack, a friendly ambush patrol had been sent out and when the enemy fire was initiated, the small element was caught in a crossfire between the enemy and friendly forces. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Lieutenant Bachman, disregarding the danger involved, moved out to the edge of the perimeter and began directing his element's fire away from the friendly patrol. Despite the hostile fire impacting all around him, Lieutenant Bachman was able to guide the patrol from the hostile area back to the relative security of the night defensive position. As he continued to direct the fire of his element, Lieutenant Bachman was mortally wounded by an enemy round. His outstanding leadership and courageous actions were responsible for saving the lives of the patrol members and inspired his men to rally and defeat the enemy force. First Lieutenant Bachman's personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, Americal Division, General Orders No. 12404 (December 3, 1969

Action Date: November 18, 1969

Service: Army

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: Company D

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 21st Infantry Regiment, 196th Infantry Brigade

Division: Americal Division


Inscription


ROGER J BACHMAN
NEW JERSEY
1 LT CO D 21 INF
AMERICAL DIV
VIETNAM
MAY 30 1945
NOVEMBER 19 1969
SS - BSM & OLC
PH