VIETNAM - BEST, HUGH VICTOR

Best, Hugh Victor

VIETNAM - BEST, HUGH VICTOR
BEST, HUGH VICTOR

Rank: Specialist 4

Unit: A Troop, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 6-May-1945

Hometown: Waco, Texas

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Start of tour: 20-Aug-1966

Incident date: 14-Mar-1967

Date of casualty: 14-Mar-1967

Age at death: 21

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds. Indiv was on combat operation when hit by fragments from hostile grenade.

Location of fatality: Phuoc Long, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 16E 076 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SPECIALIST FOUR HUGH VICTOR BEST
14 MARCH 1967
A TROOP, 1st SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Specialist Four Best distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 14 March 1967 while assigned to Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date while serving as a member of a combat patrol, Specialist Best was moving with his comrades into a densely wooded area in an attempt to locate two Viet Cong soldiers who had been observed by an outpost. As the patrol advanced, Specialist Best was instructed to cover the left flank. As it approached a mall stream, the patrol came under heavy small arms and rifle fire from an enemy force entrenched on the far side of the stream. Specialist Best, with complete disregard for his own safety, immediately began to place return fire on the enemy position which allowed the remainder of his patrol to seek cover. Remaining exposed to the Viet Cong, Specialist Best continued to fire until he was struck by fragments from enemy rifle grenades and killed. As a result of his sacrifice and outstanding display of courage, his patrol was able to gain fire superiority over the Viet Cong and force them to retreat. His personal bravery during the encounter with the enemy is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 449 (24 March 1967)

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