VIETNAM - SCARBOROUGH, GEORGE THOMAS

Scarborough, George Thomas

VIETNAM - SCARBOROUGH, GEORGE THOMAS
SCARBOROUGH, GEORGE THOMAS

Rank: Private First Class

Unit: L Troop, 3rd 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: 31-Aug-1949

Hometown: Augusta, Georgia

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 16-Dec-1969

Start of tour: 11-Jan-1970

Incident date: 10-Mar-1970

Date of casualty: 10-Mar-1970

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
George Thomas Scarborough was killed while gunner on a military vehicle on a combat operation when a hostile force was encountered. / Gunner on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Four Blackhorse troopers died in this incident:
SGT John Patrick Henry
SP4 Don Robert Riley
PFC George Thomas Scarborough
PFC Kenneth Edwin Wedlow

Location of fatality: Binh Long, South Vietnam, XU 625 075

Place of interment: Walker Memorial Park, Augusta, Georgia, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 13W 107 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

BRONZE STAR MEDAL

BRONZE STAR MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE
POSTHUMOUS

PRIVATE GEORGE THOMAS SCARBOROUGH
10 MARCH 1970
L TROOP, 3rd SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private Scarborough distinguished himself by heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force on 10 March 1970 while serving as a gunner with Troop L, 3d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date his platoon came under intense enemy fire from a force of North Vietnamese soldiers. He immediately commenced fire with his machine gun, directing suppressive volleys toward the enemy positions. When his tank was struck by three rocket-propelled grenades, Private Scarborough dismounted and proceeded to attack the entrenched force. Despite the hail of fire directed toward him he continued his assault but was fatally wounded in his attempt. His actions aided greatly in routing the enemy. Private Scarborough’s 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. 1419 (5 April 1970)

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