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Specialist 5
Ingo. J.R. Wiskow
Class of 2001

United States Army


For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Specialist Five Wiskow distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 April 1968 as assistant patrol commander of a Special Forces Platoon on a relief mission near Song Be. A small ambush patrol had been pinned down by a numerically superior enemy force in a heavy firefight. Responding to a request for reinforcements, Specialist Wiskow's unit moved to the battle area aboard helicopters. After landing, he led his men through the jungle and secured a hill to the rear of the beleaguered friendly troops. Although visibility was hampered by dense ground fog, he then maneuvered to link up with the ambush patrol. As he led his men down the hill, the enemy launched a devastating automatic weapons barrage on them. Ignoring his safety, Specialist Wiskow moved through a hail of bullets to rally his troops and prepare them for an assault. Firing withering bursts from his rifle, he led a fierce charge into the face of the enemy weapons. Bullets struck all around him as he moved up and down his advancing lines and encouraged his men to press their attack. He was mortally wounded while leading his men in close combat with the enemy. His fearless leadership inspired his men to continue their mission, beat back the enemy, and save the trapped patrol from total annihilation. Specialist Five Wiskow's gallantry in action, at the cost of his life, was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
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