Drew D. Dix

5th Special Forces Group

Medal of Honor

Recipient

              

Staff Sergeant Drew Dennis Dix

31 January and 1 February 1968

U.S. Army

U.S. Senior Advisor Group

IV Corps

Military Assistance Command.

5th Special Forces Group

Chau Doc Province

Republic of Vietnam

Entered service at: Denver, Colo.

Born: 14 December 1944, West Point, N.Y.

Citation:

STAFF SERGEANT DREW D. DIX, UNITED STATES ARMY, Unit Advisor, Chau Doc Province, Republic of Vietnam, distinguished himself on 31 January and 1 February 1968. When two heavily armed Viet Cong battalions attacked the province capital on 31 January 1968, and defenses broke down, Sergeant Dix and a patrol of Vietnamese soldiers were recalled to assist in the defense of Chau Phu. Sergeant Dix successfully rescued a nurse trapped near the center of the city and returned her to the safety of Tactical Operations Center. He then led another force that rescued eight civilian employees trapped in a building under heavy mortal and small arms fire. He returned to the center of the city a third time and was subjected to intense automatic rifle and machine gun fire from a Viet Cong element. He assaulted the building, killing six Viet Cong and rescuing two Filipinos. The following day, Sergeant Dix, of his own volition and disregarding the danger to his life, assembled a 20-man force and under intense enemy fire cleared the Viet Cong out of the hotel, theater, and other buildings within the city. Republic of Vietnam soldiers, inspired by his heroism and success, rallied and began firing upon the assaulting Viet Cong force. Sergeant Dix captured 20 prisoners, including a high ranking Viet Cong official. Sergeant Dix continued his attack and successfully rescued the Deputy Province Chief’s wife and children. Sergeant Dix’s personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action, and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, and the rescue of 14 U.S. and Free World citizens.  

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