Medal of Honor
Bennett, Thomas W.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at
the risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty. Cpl. Bennett distinguished himself while serving as a
platoon medical aidman
with the 2d Platoon, Company B, during a reconnaissance-in-force
mission. On 9 February the
platoon was moving to assist the 1st Platoon of Company D which had run
into a North
Vietnamese ambush when it became heavily engaged by the intense small
weapons, mortar and rocket fire from a well fortified and numerically
superior enemy unit.
In the initial barrage of fire, 3 of the point members of the platoon
fell wounded. Cpl. Bennett,
with complete disregard for his safety, ran through the heavy fire to
his fallen comrades,
administered life-saving first aid under fire and then made
repeated trips carrying the
wounded men to positions of relative safety from which they would be
from the battle position. Cpl. Bennett repeatedly braved the intense
moving across open areas to give aid and comfort to his
wounded comrades. He valiantly
exposed himself to the heavy fire in order to retrieve the bodies of
several fallen personnel.
Throughout the night and following day, Cpl. Bennett moved from
position to position
treating and comforting the severalpersonnel who had suffered shrapnel
and gunshot wounds.
On 11 February, Company Bagain moved in an assault on the well fortified
and became heavily engaged with the numerically superior enemy force.
Five members of
the company fell wounded in the initial assault. Cpl. Bennett ran to
their aid without
regard to the heavy fire. He treated 1 wounded
comrade and began running toward
another seriously wounded man. Although the wounded man was located
forward of the
company position covered by heavy enemy grazing fire and Cpl. Bennett
was warned that it
was impossible to reach the position, he leaped forward with complete
disregard for his
safety to save his comrade's life. In attempting to save his fellow
soldier, he was mortally
wounded. Cpl. Bennett's undaunted concern for his comrades at the cost
life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest
traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and
the U.S. Army.