The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
FOLEY, ROBERT F.
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Army,
Company A, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place and date:
Near Quan Dau Tieng, Republic of Vietnam, 5 November 1966. Entered service at:
Newton, Mass. Born: 30 May 1941, Newton, Mass.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Capt. Foley's company was ordered to extricate another company of
the battalion. Moving through the dense jungle to aid the besieged unit, Company A
encountered a strong enemy force occupying well concealed, defensive positions, and the
company's leading element quickly sustained several casualties. Capt. Foley immediately
ran forward to the scene of the most intense action to direct the company's efforts.
Deploying 1 platoon on the flank, he led the other 2 platoons in an attack on the enemy in
the face of intense fire. During this action both radio operators accompanying him were
wounded. At grave risk to himself he defied the enemy's murderous fire, and helped the
wounded operators to a position where they could receive medical care. As he moved forward
again 1 of his machinegun crews was wounded. Seizing the weapon, he charged forward firing
the machinegun, shouting orders and rallying his men, thus maintaining the momentum of the
attack. Under increasingly heavy enemy fire he ordered his assistant to take cover and,
alone, Capt. Foley continued to advance firing the machinegun until the wounded had been
evacuated and the attack in this area could be resumed. When movement on the other flank
was halted by the enemy's fanatical defense, Capt. Foley moved to personally direct this
critical phase of the battle. Leading the renewed effort he was blown off his feet and
wounded by an enemy grenade. Despite his painful wounds he refused medical aid and
persevered in the forefront of the attack on the enemy redoubt. He led the assault on
several enemy gun emplacements and, single-handedly, destroyed 3 such positions. His
outstanding personal leadership under intense enemy fire during the fierce battle which
lasted for several hours, inspired his men to heroic efforts and was instrumental in the
ultimate success of the operation. Capt. Foley's magnificent courage, selfless concern for
his men and professional skill reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.