Specialist 4th Class La Monte Hayden. For heroism
not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection
with military operations against a hostile force in the
Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Four Hayden distinguished
himself by exceptionally valorous action on 12 May 1968,
while serving with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry
during a search mission near Ky Lam, Republic of Vietnam.
When his unit became heavily engaged with a large enemy
force and sustained several casualties, Specialist Hayden
exposed himself to the hostile fire as he crossed an open
area numerous times in order to evacuate several of his
wounded comrades to safety. His display of personal bravery
and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions
of the military service and reflects great credit on himself,
his unit and the United States Army.