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Maximo Yabes

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Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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First Sergeant Yabes company came under intense automatic weapons and mortar fire followed by a battalion sized assault from three sides. Penetrating the defensive perimeter the enemy advanced on the command post bunker which was in danger of being overwhelmed. When several enemy grenades landed inside it, First Sergeant Yabes shouted a warning and used his body as a shield to protect others. Although painfully wounded, and despite the vicious enemy fire on the bunker, he remained to provide covering fire and enable the others in the command group to relocate. When they had reached a new position, First Sergeant Yabes moved through a hail of enemy fire to another bunker 50 meters away. He secured a grenade launcher from a fallen comrade and fired point blank into the attacking Viet Cong stopping further penetration of the perimeter. Noting two wounded men in the fire swept area, he moved them to a safer position for medical treatment. As the battle continued, he saw an enemy machinegun within the perimeter and assaulted it, killed the crew, destroyed the weapon, and fell mortally wounded. His valiant actions saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers and inspired his comrades to effectively repel the enemy assault.

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