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Jerry Lee Ewing

Date of birth: 24-May-48
Date of death: Killed in Action
Home of record: Detroit Michigan
Status: KIA


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 pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Private Jerry Lee Ewing (ASN: RA-67154815), 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 E, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. Private Ewing distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions in the early hours of 21 March 1969 while serving as a perimeter guard at Landing Zone White in Tay Ninh Province. The base came under rocket and mortar fire, followed by attacks by North Vietnamese Army sappers. A rocket exploded against the side of Private Ewing's bunker, collapsing it and forcing him and another guard to seek shelter from the communists' barrage. As they made their way to a trench, Private Ewing noticed one of the enemy throwing a grenade at his companion. Yelling a warning, he pushed his comrade into the trench, jumped on top of him, and used his own body to shield him from the explosion. By absorbing the full impact of the grenade, he saved his fellow soldier from injury. Private Ewing's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, 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. 1941 (June 3, 1969)

Action Date: 21-Mar-69

Service: Army

Rank: Private

Company: Company E

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Cavalry Division