Main John J. Duffy | Medal of Honor Recipient

fifth Special Forces Group

Maj. John J. Duffy distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and past the decision of obligation, whereas assigned to the fifth Special Forces Group and serving as a senior advisor to the eleventh Airborne Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Airborne Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam within the Republic of Vietnam, on April 14-15, 1972.

Two days earlier, the commander of the eleventh Airborne Battalion was killed, the battalion command put up was destroyed, and Duffy was twice wounded however refused to be evacuated. Then on April 14, Duffy directed the protection of Fireplace Help Base Charlie, which was surrounded by a battalion-sized enemy factor.

Within the morning hours, after a failed effort to ascertain a touchdown zone for resupply plane, he moved near enemy anti-aircraft positions to name in airstrikes. Right now, Duffy was once more wounded by fragments from a recoilless rifle spherical and once more refused evacuation.

Shortly after, the enemy started an artillery bombardment on the bottom and he remained in an uncovered place to direct gunships onto the enemy positions, which ultimately silenced the enemy fireplace.

Following the bombardment, Duffy assessed the circumstances on the bottom and personally ensured that wounded pleasant overseas forces had been moved to positions of relative security and the remaining ammunition was appropriately distributed to the remaining defenders.

The enemy resumed oblique fireplace on the bottom, expending an estimated 300 rounds. Nonetheless, Duffy remained in an uncovered place to direct gunship fireplace on the enemy positions.

Within the late afternoon hours, the enemy started a floor assault from all sides of the firebase, and Duffy moved from place to place to regulate fireplace, spot targets for artillery observers and, finally, to direct gunship fireplace on a pleasant place which had been compromised.

Through the early morning hours of April 15, the enemy ambushed the battalion, inflicting extra casualties and scattering a few of the able-bodied service members. After withstanding the ambush, Duffy led the evacuees – lots of whom had been considerably wounded – to a longtime evacuation space, regardless of being regularly pursued by the enemy.

Upon reaching the exfiltration web site, Duffy directed gunship fireplace on enemy positions and marked a touchdown zone for the helicopters. Solely after guaranteeing the entire evacuees had been aboard, did Duffy board whereas additionally helping a wounded pleasant overseas service member. As soon as on board, he administered help to a helicopter door gunner who had been wounded in the course of the evacuation.

Duffy’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness past the decision of obligation had been in step with the best traditions of navy service and mirror nice credit score upon himself, his unit and the US Army.