Medal of Honor

 

 

WINDER, DAVID F.*

 

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.

 

Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 13 May 1970.

 

Entered service at: Columbus, Ohio.

 

Born: 10 August 1946, Edinboro, Pa.

 

Citation:

 

Pfc. Winder distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam as a senior medical aidman with Company A. After moving through freshly cut rice paddies in search of a suspected company-size enemy force, the unit started a thorough search of the area. Suddenly they were engaged with intense automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenade fire by a well entrenched enemy force. Several friendly soldiers fell wounded in the initial contact and the unit was pinned down. Responding instantly to the cries of his wounded comrades, Pfc. Winder began maneuvering across approximately 100 meters of open, bullet swept terrain toward the nearest casualty. Unarmed and crawling most of the distance, he was wounded by enemy fire before reaching his comrades. Despite his wounds and with great effort, Pfc. Winder reached the first casualty and administered medical aid. As he continued to crawl across the open terrain toward a second wounded soldier he was forced to stop when wounded a second time. Aroused by the cries of an injured comrade for aid, Pfc. Winder's great determination and sense of duty impelled him to move forward once again, despite his wounds, in a courageous attempt to reach and assist the injured man. After struggling to within 10 meters of the man, Pfc. Winder was mortally wounded. His dedication and sacrifice inspired his unit to initiate an aggressive counterassault which led to the defeat of the enemy. Pfc. Winder's conspicuous gallantry 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 on him, his unit and the U.S. Army.


 

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: WINDER

First name: DAVID FRANCIS

Home of Record (official): MANSFIELD

State (official): OH

Date of Birth: Saturday, August 10, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Army

Rank: PFC

Serial Number: 292444402

Component: Selective Service

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 91A10

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Saturday, November 22, 1969

Date of Casualty: Wednesday, May 13, 1970

Age at time of loss: 23

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Ngai

The Wall: Panel 10W - Row 037

 


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