VIETNAM - MEDINA, CARLOS

Medina, Carlos

VIETNAM - MEDINA, CARLOS
MEDINA, CARLOS

Rank: Private, Pv-2 (Army), Pvt (Airforce, Marine Corps)

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

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Purple Heart Medal, 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: Regular

Date of birth: 29-May-1944

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

Marital status: Married to Dotty L. Medina

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: Apr-1962

Start of tour: 3-Dec-1966

Incident date: 26-Feb-1967

Date of casualty: 26-Feb-1967

Age at death: 22

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Carlos Medina was on combat operation when hit by hostile small arms fire.

Five Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident
SP4 Jesse L. Brandon
SGT Johnny Edward Brumley
SP4 Rodger Dale Lewis
SP4 Harry Mathis Jr
PVT Carlos Medina

Location of fatality: Tay Ninh, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Baltimore National Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 15E 097 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS CARLOS MEDINA
26 FEBRUARY 1967
A TROOP, 1st
SQUADRON
11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private Medina distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 26 February 1967 while serving as a member of the 3d Platoon, Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment near Tay Ninh in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, while participating in a search and destroy operation, his armored unit arrived near a suspected Viet Cong base camp. Elements of each platoon dismounted and cautiously followed a trail in an attempt to locate the enemy, Private Medina aggressively led the patrol which found the Viet Cong camp. As the dismounted element entered the camp, they received a heavy volume of Viet Cong automatic weapons fire. Private Medina, reacting without hesitation, bravely returned fire in order to protect his comrades while they sought covered positions. It was while performing this courageous act that he was fatally wounded. Private Medina’s personal courage, complete disregard for his own personal safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, prevented the loss of many lives. Private Medina’s heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, II Field Force Vietnam General Orders No. 426 (22 March 1967)

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