Lieut Harold Dale Meyerkord

Lieut Harold Dale Meyerkord

Birth
Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Death 16 Mar 1965 (aged 27)
Tuyên Quang, Vietnam
Burial Bellefontaine Neighbors, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 99637947 · View Source
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Lt Meyeerkord was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. His name is located on the Wall at Panel 01E, Line 96.



Navy Cross Citation

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Harold Dale Meyerkord (NSN: 0-639933), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Naval Advisory Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Republic of Vietnam, and assigned as Naval Advisor to the River Force of the Vietnamese Navy. Directly involved in more than thirty combat operations against enemy aggressor forces, Lieutenant Meyerkord at all times served to inspire all who observed him by his superb leadership and cool courage while under enemy fire. On 30 November 1964, he was instrumental in turning defeat into victory when, under fire, he reconnoitered ahead of friendly forces and discovered that river craft could proceed no farther because of a Viet Cong canal block. He immediately proceeded to set up a shore command post, direct artillery fire, call for medical evacuation helicopters, and call for and direct air strikes. On 13 January 1965, he transferred from a command boat to a small boat, proceeded to a boat grounded in Viet Cong territory, administered first aid to the wounded, and returned to the command boat, all of which took place while he was exposed to constant enemy fire. On 24 January 1965, he assumed direction of a Vietnamese River Force flotilla when the Vietnamese Commander was wounded in an ambush. Later in the action, although wounded himself and facing heavy fire, he continued the fight for almost an hour, until victory was assured. In his final action, on 16 March 1965, Lieutenant Meyerkord lost his life while leading a river sortie into insurgent territory after he had again positioned himself in the leading boat in order to direct operations and set an example for the Vietnamese Naval personnel. Caught in a heavy ambush in which he was wounded by the first fusillade from the Viet Cong, he was reported to have returned their fire at pointblank range until he was again wounded, this time mortally. By his sustained leadership, initiative, and courage throughout these operations, Lieutenant Meyerkord contributed greatly to the United States effort in Vietnam and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: November 30, 1964, January 13, 24 & March 16, 1965

Service: Navy

Rank: Lieutenant

Company: Advisor (Attached)

Battalion: Naval Advisory Group

Regiment: Vietnamese River Assault Group 23

Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam


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HAROLD D MEYERKORD
MISSOURI
LIEUTENANT USNR
VIETNAM NC - PH & 2 GS
OCT 9 1937 - MARCH 16 1965


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