Joe Amos Silver Star Citation

Joe Amos Date of birth: April 21, 1931 Date of death: October 30, 1967 Home of record: Philadelphia Pennsylvania Status: KIA AWARDS AND CITATIONS Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Platoon Sergeant Joe Amos (ASN: RA-15297019), United States Army, for gallantry in action against a hostile force while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 30 October 1967. On this date, Sergeant Amos was serving as a squad leader during a search and destroy operation near Loc Ninh. As his unit moved through a dense rubber plantation, they were engaged by a well-entrenched, numerically superior Viet Cong force. Sergeant Amos immediately moved among his men, organizing them into a defensive perimeter and directing their fire onto the insurgents. Ignoring intensive hostile automatic weapons and small arms fire, he maneuvered from position to position distributing ammunition. He further exposed himself to the barrage of enemy fire as he organized and directed the evacuation of the wounded. As the battle intensified, he was mortally wounded by small arms fire. Sergeant Amos' courageous example inspired his men to fight with renewed determination and repel each Viet Cong assault. Sergeant First Class Amos' unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior forces is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army. General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8383 (November 20, 1967) Action Date: October 30, 1967 Service: Army Rank: Platoon Sergeant Company: Company A Battalion: 1st Battalion Regiment: 18th Infantry Regiment: 1st Infantry Division


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