Medal of Honor

 

 

PETERSEN, DANNY J. *

 

Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry, 25th Infantry Division

 

Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 9 January 1970

 

Entered service at: Kansas City, Missouri

 

Born: 11 March 1949, Horton, Kansas

 

Citation:

 

Sp4 Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Sp4 Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crew members of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within 10 feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Sp4 Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from 3 sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Sp4 Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Sp4 Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


 

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: PETERSEN

First name: DANNY JOHN

Home of Record (official): ATCHISON

State (official): KS

Date of Birth: Friday, March 11, 1949

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: SP4

Serial Number: 515548546

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E4

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11B20

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Monday, August 4, 1969

Date of Casualty: Friday, January 9, 1970

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Multiple fragmentation wounds (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Tay Ninh

The Wall: Panel 14W - Row 020

 


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