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Richard Allen Penry

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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As Sergeant Penry's platoon was preparing an ambush it came under an intense attack which wounded the company commander and most of the platoon members. Penry worked his way through enemy fire to the command post where he administered first aid and then moved the command post to a position with greater protection. The radio was damaged and recognizing the need to reestablish communications with headquarters, he ran outside the perimeter through a fusillade of hostile fire to get a radio. Finding it inoperable, he returned through heavy fire to get two more. Crawling to the edge of the perimeter, he retrieved ammunition and weapons and re-supplied the wounded men. During an assault by over 30 enemy he occupied the most vulnerable forward position and succeeded single-handedly in stopping the attack. Learning that none of the radios were operable, he again crawled outside the perimeter, retrieved a fourth and established communications. He then continued to administer first aid to the wounded and leaving the perimeter, moved within a few feet of enemy positions, located five wounded soldiers, and led them to safety. When evacuation helicopters approached he carried 18 wounded men to the extraction site.

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