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Delbert Owen Jennings


U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Staff Sergeant Jennings' company was defending an artillery position when it was attacked by a North Vietnamese Army regiment supported by mortar, recoilless-rifle, and machinegun fire. Sergeant Jennings sprang to his bunker, astride the main attack route, and slowed the enemy wave with machinegun fire. Despite a tenacious defense in which he killed at least 12 enemy, his squad was forced to the rear. After covering the withdrawal he rejoined his men, destroyed an enemy demolition crew about to blow up a howitzer, and killed three enemy soldiers. Ordering his men to a secondary position, he again covered their withdrawal, killing one enemy with the butt of his weapon. Seeing that some defenders were unaware of an enemy force in their rear, he raced through a fire-swept area to warn the men, turn their fire on the enemy, and lead them into the secondary perimeter. He aided the air-landing of reinforcements by throwing white phosphorous grenades on the landing zone despite dangerously silhouetting himself with the light. After helping to repulse the final enemy assaults, he led a group of volunteers well beyond friendly lines to an area where they recovered the eight men who would have perished without medical treatment.

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