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 Edward Allen Devore, Jr

Edward Allen Devore, Jr

Birth
Torrance, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death 17 Mar 1968 (aged 20)
Vietnam
Burial Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Ocean View, 513, H
Memorial ID 19488 · View Source
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Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Army during the War in Vietnam as a Specialist Fourth Class in Company B, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Saigon, in the Republic of Vietnam on March 17, 1968. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. DeVore, distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the afternoon of 17 March 1968, while serving as a machine gunner with Company B, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission approximately 5 kilometers south of Saigon. Sp4c. DeVore's platoon, the company's lead element, abruptly came under intense fire from automatic weapons, Claymore mines, rockets and grenades from well-concealed bunkers in a nipa palm swamp. One man was killed and 3 wounded about 20 meters from the bunker complex. Sp4c. DeVore raced through a hail of fire to provide a base of fire with his machinegun, enabling the point element to move the wounded back to friendly lines. After supporting artillery, gunships and air strikes had been employed on the enemy positions, a squad was sent forward to retrieve their fallen comrades. Intense enemy frontal and enfilading automatic weapons fire pinned down this element in the kill zone. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sp4c. DeVore assaulted the enemy positions. Hit in the shoulder and knocked down about 35 meters short of his objectives, Sp4c. DeVore, ignoring his pain and the warnings of his fellow soldiers, jumped to his feet and continued his assault under intense hostile fire. Although mortally wounded during this advance, he continued to place highly accurate suppressive fire upon the entrenched insurgents. By drawing the enemy fire upon himself, Sp4c. DeVore enabled the trapped squad to rejoin the platoon in safety. Sp4c. DeVore's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in close combat were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 39th Infantry, and the U.S. Army". His Medal was posthumously presented to his family at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon on April 7, 1970.

Bio by: Russ Dodge


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Allen Devore, Jr (15 Jun 1947–17 Mar 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19488, citing Green Hills Memorial Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .