VIETNAM - NORRID, HOLLIS RONNEY

Norrid, Hollis Ronney

VIETNAM - NORRID, HOLLIS RONNEY
NORRID, HOLLIS RONNEY

Rank: Sergeant

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

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 21-Jan-1944

Hometown: La Grange, Georgia

Marital status: Married to June Norrid, one daughter

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 1-Feb-1961

Start of tour: 27-Aug-1967

Incident date: 1-Jul-1968

Date of casualty: 1-Jul-1968

Age at death: 24

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Explosive Device. Other explosive device.
Hollis Ronney Norrid died from wound received while commander of military vehicle on combat operation when mine detonated.

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Huguley, Alabama, USA

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BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

SERGEANT HOLLIS RONNEY NORRID
1 JULY 1968
B TROOP, 1st SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Sergeant Norrid distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 1 July 1968 while serving with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Sergeant Norrid’s unit was conducting a reconnaissance in force mission southeast of Dau Tieng when it came upon a clearing suspected of being mined by an enemy force. Immediately, a dismounted mine-sweeping team moved out in front of the column in order to clear the area of enemy mines and possible hostile elements. Sergeant Norrid, totally disregarding his own personal safety, unhesitatingly moved the armored cavalry assault vehicle he was commanding into a vulnerable position to provide security for the mine-sweeping team. An instant after reaching his desired position, a command detonated mine exploded, mortally wounding him. Sergeant Norrid’s unwavering devotion to duty and deep concern for the welfare of his comrades 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. 967 (17 August 1968)

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