Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division|
Place and Date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 2 June 1969
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1LT
Poxon, Armor, Troop B, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader on a reconnaissance mission.
Landing by helicopter in an area suspected of being occupied by the enemy, the platoon came under intense fire
from enemy soldiers in concealed positions and fortifications around the landing zone. A soldier fell, hit by the first
burst of fire. 1LT Poxon dashed to his aid, drawing the majority of the enemy fire as he crossed 20 meters of
open ground. The fallen soldier was beyond help and 1LT Poxon was seriously and painfully wounded. 1LT
Poxon, with indomitable courage, refused medical aid and evacuation and turned his attention to seizing the
initiative from the enemy. With sure instinct he marked a central enemy bunker as the key to success. Quickly
instructing his men to concentrate their fire on the bunker, and in spite of his wound, 1LT Poxon crawled toward
the bunker, readied a hand grenade and charged. He was hit again but continued his assault. After succeeding in
silencing the enemy guns in the bunker he was struck once again by enemy fire and fell, mortally wounded. 1LT
Poxon's comrades followed their leader, pressed the attack and drove the enemy from their positions. 1LT
Poxon's gallantry, indomitable will, and courage are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service
and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.