DORSEY, GEORGE HARRY JR

Dorsey, George Harry Jr

DORSEY, GEORGE HARRY JR
DORSEY, GEORGE HARRY JR

Rank: Corporal

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

MOS: 11D – Armor Reconnaissance Specialist

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

Badges: Combat Infantryman Badge

Unit awards: Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 7-Feb-1947

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 9-May-1966

Start of tour: 21-Oct-1966

Incident date: 24-Feb-1967

Date of casualty: 24-Feb-1967

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, Died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
George Harry Dorsey Jr was on combat operation when hit by hostile sniper fire.

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Lincoln Memorial Park, Clinton Township, Michigan, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 15E 083 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL

ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS GEORGE HARRY DORSEY JR
24 FEBRUARY 1967
B TROOP, 1st SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Dorsey distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force on 24 February 1967 while serving with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Private Dorsey was point man of a dismounted patrol on a search and destroy mission during Operation JUNCTION CITY in Tay Ninh province. Upon discovering a bicycle in the dense jungle, Private Dorsey quickly realized the possibility of ambush and although exposing himself to the possibility of enemy fire, warned the patrol. At that instant, the patrol received heavy automatic weapons fire from an estimated Viet Cong squad well concealed by the thick vegetation. The patrol returned the fire and began to maneuver in an attempt to overrun the Viet Cong position. During the ensuing firefight, Private Dorsey was mortally wounded, His appraisal of the situation and timely warning undoubtedly contributed to the defeat of the Viet Cong and was directly responsible for minimizing American casualties. Private First Class Dorsey’s outstanding display of courage and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great cred upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 404 (20 March 1967)

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