VIETNAM - SCHMIDT, DANNY RAY

Schmidt, Danny Ray

VIETNAM - SCHMIDT, DANNY RAY
SCHMIDT, DANNY RAY

Rank: Specialist 4

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

MOS: 11B – Infantryman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, 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: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Selected Service

Date of birth: 8-Jul-1949

Hometown: Evansville, Indiana

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 8-Apr-1969

Start of tour: 17-Nov-1969

Incident date: 12-Jun-1970

Date of casualty: 12-Jun-1970

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died. Small Arms Fire. Gun or small arms fire.
Danny Ray Schmidt was killed while drier of a military vehicle on a combat operation when the area came under attack by a hostile force. / Driver on Armored Cavalry Assault Vehicle (ACAV) on reconnaissance mission.  Engaged hostile force in firefight.

Location of fatality: Cambodia, XU 423 075

Place of interment: Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Indiana, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 09W 048 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)

 

ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL

ARMY COMMENDATIN MEDAL
WITH VALOR DEVICE

PRIVATE FIRST CLASS DANNY RAY SCHMIDT
15 JANUARY 1970
A TROOP, 1st SQUADRON

11TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT

Private First Class Schmidt distinguished himself by heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force on 15 January 1970 while serving as a gunner with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in the Republic of Vietnam. On this date Private Schmidt’s troop came in contact with a well-trained and organized platoon of enemy sappers firing small arms and rocket propelled grenade launchers. Private Schmidt picked out the most dangerous concentrations of enemy troops and began placing devastating volleys of suppressive fire upon them. Noticing a nearby vehicle about to be engulfed by the advancing enemy, Private Schmidt directed his comrades’ attention toward the vehicle, and through the use of hand and arm signals directed the destruction of the assaulting force. Private Schmidt exposed himself to the intense enemy fire in order to better direct the fire of his vehicle upon the enemy positions. Private First Class Schmidt’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. 1047 (23 March 1970)

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