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ABOUT THE AMEDD REGIMENT

AMEDD HERALDIC ITEMS

ARMY AWARDS FOR VALOR AND THEIR CRITERIA

AMEDD MEDAL OF HONOR

CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

AMEDD DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

AMEDD SILVER STAR

DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS

SOLDIER'S MEDAL

BRONZE STAR WITH "V" DEVICE

AMEDD NCO/ENLISTED HISTORY

COMMAND SERGEANTS MAJOR OF HSC/MEDCOM

AMEDD REGIMENTAL MUSIC

COMBAT MEDIC PRAYER

AMEDD POSTERS

ORDER OF MILITARY MEDICAL MERIT (02M3)

Specialist Four Alfred V. Rascon

AMEDD Medal of Honor Awardees

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty the Medal of Honor was awarded to SPECIALIST FOUR ALFRED V. RASCON United States Army

Specialist Four Alfred V. Rascon

Specialist Four Alfred V. Rascon, distinguished himself by a series of extraordinarily courageous acts on 16 March 1966, while assigned as a medic to the Reconnaissance Platoon, Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate).  While moving to reinforce its sister battalion under intense enemy attack, the reconnaissance platoon came under heavy fire from a numerically superior enemy force.  The intense fire from crew-served weapons and grenades severely wounded several point squad soldiers. Specialist Four Rascon, ignoring directions to stay behind shelter until covering fire could be provided, made his way forward.  He repeatedly tried to reach the severely wounded point machine-gunner lying on an open enemy trail, but was driven back each time by the withering fire.  Disregarding his personal safety, he jumped to his feet, ignoring flying bullets and exploding grenades to reach his comrade.  To protect him from further wounds, he then intentionally placed his body between the soldier and enemy machine guns, sustaining numerous shrapnel injuries and a serious wound to the hip.  Disregarding his serious wounds he dragged the larger soldier from the fire-raked trail.  Hearing the second machine-gunner yell that he was running out of ammunition, Specialist Four Rascon, under heavy enemy fire crawled back to the wounded machine-gunner stripping him of his bandoleers of ammunition, and giving them to the machine-gunner who continued his suppressive fire.  Specialist Four Rascon fearing the abandoned machine gun, its ammunition and spare barrel could  fall into enemy hands made his way to retrieve them.  On the way, he was wounded in the face and torso by grenade fragments, but disregarded these wounds to recover the abandoned machine gun, ammunition and spare barrel items, enabling another soldier to provide added suppressive fire to the pinned-downed squad.  In searching for the wounded, he saw the point grenadier being wounded by small arms fire and grenades being thrown at him.  Disregarding his own life and his numerous wounds, Specialist Four Rascon reached and covered him with his body absorbing the blasts from the exploding grenades, and saving the soldier’s life, but sustaining additional wounds to his body.  While making his way to the wounded point squad leader, grenades were hurled at the sergeant. Again, in complete disregard for his own life, he reached and covered the sergeant with his body, absorbing the full force of the grenade explosions. Once more Specialist Four Rascon was critically wounded by shrapnel, but disregarded his own wounds to continue to search and aid the wounded.  Severely wounded, he remained on the battlefield, inspiring his fellow soldiers to continue the battle.  After the enemy broke contact, he disregarded aid for himself, instead treating the wounded and directing their evacuation.  Only after being placed on the evacuation helicopter did he allow aid to be given to him. Specialist Rascon's extraordinary valor in the face of deadly enemy fire, his heroism in rescuing the wounded, and his gallantry by repeatedly risking his own life for his fellow soldiers are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army. Read his oral history interview.

Note: Specialist Four Alfred Rascon was given a Silver Star Medal for his valor that day in 1966, but the request for his Medal of Honor somehow got lost in a thicket of red tape. Not until a reunion of the 173rd, did his comrades discover that he never received his intended award. They renewed their efforts and he was finally presented the Medal of Honor by President Bill Clinton on 8 February 2000.
(Department of Defense News Article February 9, 2000 and conversations between Major Rascon and Regimental personnel)