Special Forces Listed Chronologically



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U.S. Army
Special Forces

Listed Chronologically








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Roger Hugh Charles Donlon
Captain, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:   Jan 30, 1934 at Saugerties, NY

Entered Service At:  Saugerties, NY

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Jul 6, 1964 - Nam Dong, Vietnam

Unit:  Det. A-726, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentaton:  Presented at the White House
      by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Dec 05, 1964

Currently Living At:   Kansas

Charles Quincy Williams
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Sep 17, 1933 at Charleston, SC

Entered Service:  Fort Jackson, SC

Date/Place of Action:  Jun 9 - 10, 1965 - Dong Xoai, Vietnam

Unit:  Det. A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:   Presented at the White House
      by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Jun 23, 1966

Date of Death:  Oct 15, 1982

Buried At:   Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

George Kenton Sisler
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:   Sep 19, 1937 at Dexter, MO

Entered Service At:  Dexter, MO

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Feb 7, 1967 – Vietnam

Unit:  HHQ Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

PresentationPresented to his family at the Pentagon
      by Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Reson on Jun 27, 1978


Date of Death:   Feb 7, 1967 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Dexter Cemetery, Dexter, MO

Charles Ernest Hosking, Jr.
Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  May 12, 1924 at Ramsey, NJ

Entered Service:  Fort Dix, NJ

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Mar 21, 1967 - Phuoc Long Province, Vietnam

Unit:  Det. A-302, Co. A, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:   Presented to his widow at the White House
      by President Richard M. Nixon on May 23, 1969


Date of Death:  Mar 21, 1967 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Valleau Cemetery, Ridgewood, NJ

Gordon Douglas Yntema
Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Jun 26, 1945 at Bethesda, MD

Entered Service At:  Detroit, MI

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Jan 16 - 18, 1968 - Thong Binh, Vietnam

Unit:  Det. A-431, Co. D, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:  Presented to his family at the White House
      by Vice President Spiro Agnew on Nov 18, 1969


Date Of Death:  Jan 18, 1968 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Pilgrim Home Cemetery, Holland, MI

Drew Dennis Dix
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:   Dec 14, 1944 at West Point, NY

Entered Service At:  Denver, CO

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Jan 31 & Feb 1, 1968 - Chau Doc Province, Vietnam

Unit:  Senior Advisor Group, IV Corps, Military Assistance Command

Presentaton:  Presented at the White House
     by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Jan 16, 1969


Currently Living At:  Colorado & Alaska

Eugene Ashley, Jr.
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Oct 12, 1931 at Wilmington, NC

Entered Service:  New York, NY

Unit:  Det. A-101, Co. C, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:   Presented to his family at the White House
      by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew on Dec 2, 1969


Date of Death:  Feb 7, 1968 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Rochfish Memorial Cemetery, Fayetteville, NC

Fred William Zabitosky
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Oct 27, 1942 at Trenton, NJ

Entered Service At:  Trenton, NJ

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Feb 19, 1968 – Laos

Unit:  5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:  Presented at the White House
      by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 7, 1969


Date Of Death:  Jan 8, 1996

Buried At:  Lumbee Memorial Gardens, Lumbee, NC

Roy Perez Benavidez
Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Special Forces






Born:   Aug 05, 1935 at Cuero, TX

Entered Service At:  Houston, TX

Date/Place of MOH Action:  May 02, 1968 - Loc Ninh, Cambodia

Unit:  Det B-56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentaton:  Presented at the Pentagon
      by President Ronald Reagan on Mar 16, 1981

Date of Death:   Nov 29, 1998

Buried At:   Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, TX

John James Kedenburg
Specialist Fifth Class, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Jul 31, 1946 at Brookyn, NY

Entered Service:  Brooklyn, NY

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Jun 13, 1968 – Vietnam

Unit:  C&C Det. N., FOB 2, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:   Presented to his family at the White House
      by President Richard M. Nixon on Apr 7, 1970

Date of Death:  Jun 14, 1968 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, NY

Robert Lewis Howard
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  
Jul 11, 1939 at Opelika, AL

Entered Service At:  Montgomery, AL

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Dec 30, 1968 – Vietnam

Unit:  5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:  Presented at the White House
      by President Richard M. Nixon on Mar 02, 1971

Currently Living At:  Texas

William Maud Bryant
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Special Forces









Born:   Feb 16, 1933 at Cochran, GA

Entered Service At:  Detroit, MI

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Mar 24, 1969 - Long Khanh Province, Vietnam

Unit:  Company A, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces

Presentaton:  Presented to his family at the White House
     by President Richard M. Nixon on February 16, 1971

Date of Death:   Mar 24, 1969 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Raleigh National Cemetery, Raleigh, NC

Franklin Douglas Miller
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Jan 27, 1945 at Elizabeth city, NC

Entered Service:  Albuquerque, NM

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Jan 5, 1970 - Kontum Province, Vietnam

Unit:  5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces

Presentation:   Presented at the White House
     by President Richard M. Nixon on Jun 15, 1971

Date of Death:  June 30, 2000
Cremated:  Ashes spread in New Mexico

Gary Burnell Beikirch
Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Aug 29, 1947 at Rochester, NY

Entered Service At:  Buffalo, NY

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Apr 1, 1970 - Dak Seang, Vietnam

Unit:  Det 8245, Co. B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentation:  Presented at the White House
     by President Richard M. Nixon on Oct 15, 1973

Currently Living In:  New York State  

Brian Leroy Buker
Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces









Born:   Nov 3, 1949 at Benton, ME

Entered Service At:  Bangor, ME

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Apr 5, 1970 - Chau Doc Province, Vietnam

Unit:  Det. B-55, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

Presentaton:  Presented to his family at the Old Executive Office Building,
     Washington, DC by Vice President Spiro Agnew

Date of Death:   Apr 5, 1970 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Brown Cemetery, Benton, ME

Jon Robert Cavaiani
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Aug 02, 1943 at Royston, England

Entered Service:  Fresno, CA

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Jun 4 & 5, 1971 - Hill 1050, Khe Sahn Airfield, Vietnam

Unit:  Vietnam Training Advisory Group

Presentation:   Presented at the White House
      by President Gerald R. Ford on Dec 12, 1974

Currently Living At:  California

Loren Douglas Hagen
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Special Forces






Born:  Feb 25, 1946 at Fargo, ND

Entered Service At:  Fargo, ND


Date/Place of MOH Action:  Aug 7, 1971 – Vietnam

Unit:  US Army Training Advisory Group

Presentation:  Presented to his family at Blair House, Washington, DC
     by Vice President Gerald Ford on Aug 8, 1974

Date Of Death:  Aug 7, 1971 (Killed In Action)

Buried At:   Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Laszlo Rabel
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Rangers






Born:   Sep 21, 1937 at Budapest, Hungary

Entered Service At:  Minneapolis, MN

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Nov 13, 1968 - Bin Dinh Province, Vietnam
Unit:  Team Delta, 74th Infantry Det. (LRRP), 173d Airborne Brigade

Presentaton:  Presented to his family at the White House
      by President Richard M. Nixon on Apr 7, 1970.

Date of Death:   Nov 13, 1968 (Killed In Action)
Buried At:   Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, VA

Robert David Law
Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army Rangers






Born:  Sep 15, 1944 at Fort Worth, TX

Entered Service:  Dallas, TX

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Feb 22, 1969 - Tinh Phuock Thanh Province, Vietnam
Unit:  Company I (Ranger), 75th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division

Presentation:   Presented to his family at the White House
     by President Richard M. Nixon on Aug 6, 1970

Date of Death:   Feb 22, 1969 (Killed In Action)
Buried At:   Mount Olivet Cemetery - Fort Worth, TX

Robert Joseph Pruden
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Rangers






Born:  Sep 9, 1949 at St. Paul, MN

Entered Service At:  Minneapolis, MN


Date/Place of MOH Action:  Nov 29, 1969 - Vietnam
Unit:  Company G, 75th Infantry, Americal Division

Presentation:  Presented to his family at the White House
      by President Richard M. Nixon on Apr 22, 1971

Date Of Death:  Nov 29, 1969 (Killed In Action)
Buried At:   Fort Snelling National Cemetery - Minneapolis, MN

On July 8, 2002 President George W. Bush presented the Medal of Honor to the family of Captain Humbert Roque Versace for his heroism as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. Captain Versace was a graduate of West Point, Class of 1959. Roger Donlon, the first Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam War was a classmate. Though Donlon was a non-graduating member of the Class of '59, he is still remembered as a member of that class, the only West Point class to have TWO recipients of the Medal of Honor.

Humbert Roque Versace
Captain, U.S. Army Special Forces







Born:  Jul 02, 1937 at Honolulu, HI

Entered Service:  Norfolk, VA

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Oct 29, 1963 to Sep 26, 1965 – An Xuyen Province, Vietnam

Unit:  Detachment A-23, 5th Special Forces Group

Presentation: Presented to his family at the White House by

President George W. Bush on July 8, 2002

Date Of Death: Sep 26, 1965 (Killed In Action as a POW)

Buried At: Executed in Captivity, his remains have not been recovered or returned








Gary Ivan Gordon
Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Special Operations







Born:  Aug 30, 1960 at Lincoln, ME

Entered Service:  Lincoln, ME

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Oct 3, 1993 - Mogadishu, Somalia

Unit:  Task Force Ranger, Special Operations Command

Presentation:   Presented to his Widow at the White House
     by President William J. Clinton on May 23, 1994

Date Of Death:  Oct 3, 1993  (Killed In Action)
Buried At:   Lincoln Cemetery, Lincoln, ME

Randall David Shughart
Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army Special Operations







Born:  Aug 13, 1958 at Lincoln, NE

Entered Service At:  Newville, PA

Date/Place of MOH Action:  Oct 3, 1993 - Mogadishu, Somalia

Unit:  Task Force Ranger, Special Operations Command

Presentation:   Presented to his Widow at the White House
      by President William J. Clinton on May 23, 1994

Date Of Death:  Oct 3, 1993  (Killed In Action)
Buried At:   Westminster Cemetery, Garden of Benediction, N. Middleton Township, PA





The Special Forces Creed
I am an American Special Forces soldier. A professional! I will do all that my nation requires of me. I am a volunteer, knowing well the hazards of my profession.
I serve with the memory of those who have gone before me: Roger's Rangers, Francis Marion, Mosby's Rangers, the first Special Service Forces and the Ranger Battalions of World War II, The Airborne Ranger Companies of Korea. I pledge to uphold the honor and integrity of all I am - in all I do.
I am a professional soldier. I will teach and fight wherever my nation requires. I will strive always to excel in every art and artifice of war.
I know that I will be called upon to perform tasks in isolation, far from familiar faces and voices, with the help and guidance of my God.
I will keep my mind and body clean, alert and strong, for this is my debt to those who depend upon me.
I will not fail those with whom I serve. I will not bring shame upon myself or the forces.
I will maintain myself, my arms, and my equipment in an immaculate state as befits a Special Forces soldier.
I will never surrender through I be the last. If I am taken, I pray that I may have the strength to spit upon my enemy.
My goal is to succeed in any mission - and live to succeed again.
I am a member of my nation's chosen soldiery. God grant that I may not be found wanting, that I will not fail in this sacred trust.

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