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Emmett A. Hollis


Distinguished Service Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Specialist Fourth Class Emmett A. Hollis (ASN: RA-15932695), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 27th Infantry, 2d Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. Specialist Four Hollis distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 16 May 1967 while serving as radio operator of an infantry company on a night assault mission near Ap Rach Gau. While attempting to relieve a unit surrounded by a numerically superior hostile force, his company was pinned down by heavy Viet Cong machine gun and automatic weapons fire. All attempts to maneuver out of the danger zone were futile under the withering barrage of fire from the well-entrenched enemy force. Quickly evaluating the situation, Specialist Hollis stood up and rallied his men for an attack on the enemy bunkers. Ignoring the hail of bullets striking around him, he led a furious charge that destroyed the forward line of trenches. Exposing himself to the mounting volume of fire, he regrouped his men and overran the second series of Viet Cong trenches inflicting heavy casualties on the insurgents. A deadly volley of machine gun fire from the flank raked his unit, but he single-handedly attacked the bunker complex and destroyed it with grenades. Throughout the battle he stood in the open shouting orders and rallying his men until the enemy was defeated. Specialist Four Hollis' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 5050 (October 3, 1967)

Action Date: 16-May-67

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 27th Infantry Regiment, 2d Brigade

Division: 25th Infantry Division