Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 2d Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division


Place and date: Giao Duc District, Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 29 December 1968


Entered service at: Louisville, Kentucky


Born: 3 November 1947, Whitesville, Kentucky




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Pfc. Nash distinguished himself while serving as a grenadier with Company B, in Giao Duc District. When an ambush patrol of which he was a member suddenly came under intense attack before reaching its destination, he was the first to return the enemy fire. Taking an exposed location, Pfc. Nash suppressed the hostile fusillade with a rapid series of rounds from his grenade launcher, enabling artillery fire to be adjusted on the enemy. After the foe had been routed, his small element continued to the ambush site where he established a position with 3 fellow soldiers on a narrow dike. Shortly past midnight, while Pfc. Nash and a comrade kept watch and the 2 other men took their turn sleeping, an enemy grenade wounded 2 soldiers in the adjacent position. Seconds later, Pfc. Nash saw another grenade land only a few feet from his own position. Although he could have escaped harm by rolling down the other side of the dike, he shouted a warning to his comrades and leaped upon the lethal explosive. Absorbing the blast with his body, he saved the lives of the 3 men in the area at the sacrifice of his life. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest traditions of the military service, Pfc. Nash has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Thanks to Ray Morrison for the following information:


A park has been named in David P. Nash's honor with a small monument in Whitesville, Kentucky.

My brother-in-law lives in Owensboro, Kentucky, near Whitesville; it turns out he works with the brother of David Nash. The brother was 5 yrs old when David died and he does not remember him.


--- General / Personal ---


Last name: NASH

First name: DAVID PAUL

Home of Record (official): WHITESVILLE

State (official): KY

Date of Birth: Wednesday, November 3, 1948

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---


Branch: Army

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 51948500

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B10


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Start of Tour: Thursday, October 24, 1968

Date of Casualty: Sunday, December 29, 1968

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Go Cong

The Wall: Panel 35W - Row 006


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