173rd Airborne Brigade

EDWARD HAMILTON

Sergeant
United States Army
05 December 1941 - 17 May 1966
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Combat Infantry
Bronze Star for heroism

Database page for Edward Hamilton, SGT, AUS

DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
HEADQUARTERS 173D AIRBORNE BRIGADE
APO SAN FRANCISCO CA 96250

27 November 1966

AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL FOR HEROISM
(POSTHUMOUSLY)



Awarded: Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device (Posthumously)
Date Action: 17 May 1966
Theater: Republic of Vietnam

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force:

Sgt. Hamilton distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 May 1966 while serving as the Artillery Reconnaissance Sergeant accompanying the reconnaissance elements of Company B, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry when contact was made with a Viet Cong sniper consisting of small arms and mortar fire. The company proceeded to sweep up Hill 72. Half way up the hill the company came under intense automatic weapons fire from three sides. The Artillery Forward Observer attached to the company immediately initiated a fire mission and Sergeant Hamilton remained with the observer under intense enemy fire to adjust artillery fire on the enemy machine gun emplacements and while in this exposed position Sergeant Hamilton was fatally wounded. Sergeant Hamilton's outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Authority:

By direction of the President
under the provisions of Executive order 11046, 24 August 1962 and USARV I6695, AVA-S, 1 July 1966

A memorial from
His sister, Cindy

02 March 1998

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With all respect - K. J. Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)