Seventh Son interviews MOH Recipient SFC Gary Littrell

 
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Littrell Rank: Sergeant First Class Organization: U.S. Army Company: Advisory Team 21 Division: U.S. Army Support Command Born: 26 October 1944, Henderson, Ky. Entered Service At: Los Angeles, Calif. Place / Date: Kontum province, Republic of Vietnam, 4-8 April 1970 On Sept. 15th, Past National Commander David K. Rehbein (Seventh Son) attended the National Medal of Honor Convention at Soldier Field in Chicago. There, he interviewed four recipients of our nation's highest military award. Our first featured interview is with Army veteran Gary Littrell, who received the Medal of Honor for combat actions during the Vietnam War in Kontum Province, April 4-8, 1970. His Citation is below the video. Why do we not have a living OEF or OIF Medal of Honor recipient? SFC Littrell's Citation reads:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sfc. Littrell, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, Advisory Team 21, distinguished himself while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the 23d Battalion, 2d Ranger Group, Republic of Vietnam Army, near Dak Seang. After establishing a defensive perimeter on a hill on April 4, the battalion was subjected to an intense enemy mortar attack which killed the Vietnamese commander, 1 advisor, and seriously wounded all the advisors except Sfc. Littrell. During the ensuing 4 days, Sfc Littrell exhibited near superhuman endurance as he single-handedly bolstered the besieged battalion. Repeatedly abandoning positions of relative safety, he directed artillery and air support by day and marked the unit's location by night, despite the heavy, concentrated enemy fire. His dauntless will instilled in the men of the 23d Battalion a deep desire to resist. Assault after assault was repulsed as the battalion responded to the extraordinary leadership and personal example exhibited by Sfc. Littrell as he continuously moved to those points most seriously threatened by the enemy, redistributed ammunition, strengthened faltering defenses, cared for the wounded and shouted encouragement to the Vietnamese in their own language. When the beleaguered battalion was finally ordered to withdraw, numerous ambushes were encountered. Sfc. Littrell repeatedly prevented widespread disorder by directing air strikes to within 50 meters of their position. Through his indomitable courage and complete disregard for his safety, he averted excessive loss of life and injury to the members of the battalion. The sustained extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sfc. Littrell over an extended period of time were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him and the U.S. Army.
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