George Ajdukovich

George Ajdukovich

Michigan, USA
Death 18 Dec 1985 (aged 57)
San Diego County, California, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot 69-5207
Memorial ID 32468465 View Source
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Master Chief Boatswains Mate, U.S. Navy. Awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in Vietnam. His citation reads as follows:

"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to George Ajdukovich, Chief Boatswain's Mate, U.S. Navy, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force while serving as Patrol Officer of two river patrol boats of River Patrol Flotilla FIVE, Task Force ONE HUNDRED SIXTEEN (TF-116), River Assault Division, in a night waterborne guard post on the Muo Hai Canal, Republic of Vietnam, on 7 October 1969. When an enemy grenade was thrown from the bank of the canal and landed on the craft in which Chief Petty Officer Ajdukovich was embarked, he immediately seized the grenade and clasped it to his body in an attempt to protect the lives of his fellow crewmen. Seconds later, when the deadly missile failed to explode, he hurled it into the canal where it detonated underwater almost instantly. With his two patrol boats now under a heavy concentration of automatic-weapons fire from four enemy positions on the river bank, Chief Petty Officer Ajdukovich requested air support and immediately directed a devastating barrage of suppressive fire while leading his units clear of the kill zone. Unable to make any further firing runs on the entrenched enemy force when one of the patrol boats became disabled, Chief Petty Officer Ajdukovich's patrol illuminated and mortared the hostile area until air cover arrived on the scene, and then continued illumination of the target area to help maximize the effects of the air strike. By his valiant fighting spirit, inspiring leadership, and selfless devotion to duty, Chief Petty Officer Ajdukovich was greatly instrumental in leading his patrol to safety without sustaining a single personnel casualty. His heroic initiative was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."