Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, 359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army Support Command


Place and date: An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 23 February 1971


Entered service at: Portland, Oregon


Born: 6 October 1949, Oregon City, Oregon




Sp4c. Dahl distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a machine gunner on a gun truck near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. The gun truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding was sent with 2 other gun trucks to assist in the defense of a convoy that had been ambushed by an enemy force. The gun trucks entered the battle zone and engaged the attacking enemy troops with a heavy volume of machine gun fire, causing a large number of casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the attack subsided. As the gun trucks were preparing to return to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding. Instantly realizing the great danger, Sp4c. Dahl called a warning to his companions and threw himself directly onto the grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Sp4c. Dahl saved the lives of the other members of the truck crew while sacrificing his own. Sp4c.Dahl's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit and the U.S. Army.


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Last name: DAHL


Home of Record (official): PORTLAND

State (official): OR

Date of Birth: Friday, June 10, 1949

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married


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Branch: Army

Rank: SP4

Serial Number: 532506079

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 64B20


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Start of Tour: Thursday, June 18, 1970

Date of Casualty: Tuesday, February 23, 1971

Age at time of loss: 21

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Binh Dinh

The Wall: Panel 05W - Row 132

BRUTUS: The gun truck that Sp4c Dahl was on when he received the Medal of Honor.


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