Distinguished Service Cross

Paul J. Rock


Specialist Four

Company B, 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)

26 October 1967

Republic of Vietnam


For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: 

Specialist Four Rock distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 26 October 1967 as grenadier of a seven-man killer team on a combat mission near My Binh.  The team had left its company perimeter late at night and was moving toward a small village when Specialist Rock heard the handle of a grenade pop.  Realizing that he and his fellow soldiers were walking into an ambush, he immediately turned and fired on the North Vietnamese soldier holding the grenade, thus setting off the ambush before the patrol had entered its killing zone.  The enemy grenade exploded and severely wounded Specialist Rock and several comrades.  Ignoring his painful wounds, he got to his feet and dauntlessly charged the enemy position through a curtain of hostile fire.  Although wounded four more times by savage automatic weapons fire, he pressed his personal assault, killing one North Vietnamese soldier and wounding several others with fierce rifle fire. Specialist Rock continued to expose himself to a relentless hail of bullets as he rendered first aid to a wounded team member and then gallantly remained behind to cover the teamís withdrawal.  His fearless and determined actions in close combat saved the lives of all the patrol members.  Specialist Four Rockís 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.

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