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Specialist Four Patrick R. Hewit Class of 2011

United States Army

Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device

For heroism not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: On 20 July 1969, Specialist Hewit was serving as a squad leader with his unit on a counter-insurgency operation along Highway 13. At approximately 1300 hours, the friendly force was suddenly subjected to an intense automatic weapons, small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fusillade from an undetermined sized insurgent unit. Observing two friendly casualties, Specialist Hewit immediately placed a devastating barrage of suppressive fire on the aggressor emplacements and secured a landing zone for the rapid evacuation of the injured men. His courageous initiative and exemplary professionalism significantly contributed to the successful outcome of the engagement. Specialist Four Hewit's outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty and personal bravery is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division and the United States Army.

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