VALOROUS UNIT AWARD
Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division
Troop C, 3rd squadron, 5th cavalry, 9th infantry division distinguished itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in military operations on 2 and 3 February 1968 in defense of Xuan Loc, the provincial capital on Long Khanh province in the Republic of Vietnam. When the enemy launched a three pronged attacked against the city of Xuan Loc during the joint North Vietnamese/Viet Cong Tet Offensive, the troop was deployed to the police station which was bearing the brunt of the assault. While traveling along the city’s streets, lethal volleys of enemy fire rained upon the entire armored column. Unable to utilize their mounted weapons because of the narrowness of the roads, the undaunted members of Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th infantry Division, fought tenaciously with their personal weapons and reached their objective without losing a single vehicle. They demonstrated exemplary courage and steadfast determination in driving the enemy force from the station before the communists could inflict many casualties upon the army of the Republic of Vietnam soldiers. The cavalrymen regrouped and set up three strong points at the north and south gates and in the center of the city. When the assailants attacked again, the fearless troopers saturated the area with a devastating volume of suppressive fire, driving the foe from the battlefield and wreaking death and destruction among the enemy’s ranks. Through their relentless perseverance, singular bravery, and tactical proficiency, the troop’s members were instrumental in the successful defense of the city of Xuan Loc. The men of Troop C, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division displayed extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty which are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect distinct credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States.
Leo B. Jones
Brigadier General, U.S. Army
Chief of Staff
General Order 5496, 29 November 1968