Private First Class Gary A. Rood. For conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company
F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines in action against insurgent
communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam.
On 4 March 1966, during Operation Utah in Quang Ngai Province,
Company F was subjected to intense enemy fire from a well
entrenched enemy with Private First Class Rood’s platoon
taken under particularly vicious Viet Cong machine gun fire.
With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First
Class Rood unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hostile
fire in an attempt to employ his M-72 Light Antitank Assault
Weapon. After three misfires, he abandoned the malfunctioning
weapon and hurried across a fire swept rice paddy to obtain
grenades. Retracing his steps through the embattled field,
he courageously charged through increasingly intense and
accurate Viet Cong fire to within thirty feet of an enemy
fifty caliber machine gun position. Savagely attacking with
hand grenades, he destroyed the enemy gun position, eliminating
a serious threat which had prevented the advance of his
unit. By his intrepid fighting spirit, uncommon fortitude
in the face of extreme danger and selfless dedication to
duty, Private First Class Rood upheld the highest traditions
of the United States Naval Service.