Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, 75th Infantry, Americal Division


Place and date: Quang Ngai Province, Republic of Vietnam, 29 November 1969


Entered service at: Minneapolis, Minnesota


Born: 9 September 1949, St. Paul, Minnesota




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Pruden, Company G, distinguished himself while serving as a reconnaissance team leader during an ambush mission. The 6-man team was inserted by helicopter into enemy controlled territory to establish an ambush position and to obtain information concerning enemy movements. As the team moved into the preplanned area, S/Sgt. Pruden deployed his men into 2 groups on the opposite sides of a well used trail. As the groups were establishing their defensive positions, 1 member of the team was trapped in the open by the heavy fire from an enemy squad. Realizing that the ambush position had been compromised, S/Sgt. Pruden directed his team to open fire on the enemy force. Immediately, the team came under heavy fire from a second enemy element. S/Sgt. Pruden, with full knowledge of the extreme danger involved, left his concealed position and, firing as he ran, advanced toward the enemy to draw the hostile fire. He was seriously wounded twice but continued his attack until he fell for a third time, in front of the enemy positions. S/Sgt. Pruden's actions resulted in several enemy casualties and withdrawal of the remaining enemy force. Although grievously wounded, he directed his men into defensive positions and called for evacuation helicopters, which safety withdrew the members of the team. S/Sgt. Pruden's outstanding courage, selfless concern for the welfare of his men, and intrepidity in action at the cost of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.





--- General / Personal ---

Last name: PRUDEN


Home of Record (official): ST PAUL

State (official): MN

Date of Birth: Friday, September 9, 1949

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single


--- Military ---

Branch: Army

Rank: SSG

Serial Number: 473567349

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E6

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 11F4B


--- Action ---

Start of Tour: Wednesday, March 26, 1969

Date of Casualty: Thursday, November 20, 1969

Age at time of loss: 20

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Ngai

The Wall: Panel 16W - Row 102


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