The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization:
Sergeant First Class [then Staff Sergeant], U.S. Army, Detachment A-403, Company D, 5th Special Forces
Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Place and date: Chi Lang, Republic of Vietnam,
17 September 1969. Entered service at: Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Born: 7
January 1942, Okmulgee, Oklahoma..
For acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as Commander of a Strike Force drawn from Company D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, during combat operations against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Chi Lang, Republic of Vietnam on 17 September 1969. On that afternoon, Staff Sergeant Morrisís affiliated companies encountered an extensive enemy mine field and were subsequently engaged by a hostile force. Staff Sergeant Morris learned by radio that a fellow team commander had been killed near an enemy bunker and he immediately reorganized his men into an effective assault posture before advancing forward and splitting off with two men to recover the team commanderís body. Observing the maneuver, the hostile force concentrated its fire on Staff Sergeant Morrisís three-man element and successfully wounded both men accompanying him. After assisting the two wounded men back to his
forces' lines, Staff Sergeant Morris charged forward into withering enemy fire with only his menís suppressive fire as cover. While enemy machine gun emplacements continuously directed strafing fusillades against him, Staff Sergeant Morris destroyed the positions with hand grenades and continued his assault, ultimately eliminating four bunkers. Upon reaching the bunker nearest the fallen team commander, Staff Sergeant Morris repulsed the enemy, retrieved his comrade and began the arduous trek back to friendly lines. He was wounded three times as he struggled forward, but ultimately succeeded in returning his fallen comrade to a friendly position. Staff Sergeant Morrisís extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.