VIETNAM - MOAK, CLIFTON PEARCE

Moak, Clifton Pearce

VIETNAM - MOAK, CLIFTON PEARCE
MOAK, CLIFTON PEARCE

Rank: First Lieutenant

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

MOS: 1203 – Tank Unit Commander

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

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 9-Dec-1943

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: Jun-1966

Start of tour: 27-Jul-1967

Incident date: 23-May-1968

Date of casualty: 23-May-1968

Age at death: 24

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Grenade. Multiple fragmentation wounds.
Clifton Pearce Moak died from wounds received while on combat operation when engaged hostile force in firefight.

Location of fatality: Hua Nghia, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Greenoaks Memorial Park, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 66E 011 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

FIRST LIEUTENANT CLIFTON PEARCE MOAK, ARMOR
23 MAY 1968
C TROOP, 1st SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

First Lieutenant Moak distinguished himself by valorous actions on 23 May 1969, while serving as Patrol Leader of an ambush patrol with Troop C, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the vicinity of Cu Chi, Vietnam. During a heated engagement with a determined Viet Cong force, Lieutenant Moak repeatedly exposed himself to a heavy volume of hostile fire in order to direct the fire of his men. His courageous actions prevented the insurgents from gaining the advantage of maneuvering between his ambush patrol and an advancing reaction force. In the process, Lieutenant Moak was suddenly struck and mortally wounded by enemy small arms fire. First Lieutenant Moak’s personal bravery and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division General Orders No. 4932 (22 June 1968)

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