The President of the United States of America, authorized
by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863 has awarded in the name of
the Congress the Medal of Honor posthumously to:
SPECIALIST FOUR LARRY G. DAHL
UNITED STATES ARMY
for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the
risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty in An Khe,
Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam,23 February, 1971:
Rank and organization: Specialist Four, U.S. Army,
359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion,
U.S. Army Support Command.
Place and date: An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of
Vietnam, 23 February 1971.
Entered service at: Portland, Oreg.
Born: 6 October 1949, Oregon City, Oreg.
Citation: Spc4. Dahl distinguished himself by conspicuous
gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a machine gunner
on a gun truck near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. The gun truck
in which Spc4. Dahl was riding was sent with 2 other gun
trucks to assist in the defense of a convoy that had been
ambushed by an enemy force. The gun trucks entered the battle
zone and engaged the attacking enemy troops with a heavy
volume of machinegun fire, causing a large number of
casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the
attack subsided. As the gun trucks were preparing to return
to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand grenade was
thrown into the truck in which Spc4. Dahl was riding.
Instantly realizing the great danger, Spc4. Dahl called a
warning to his companions and threw himself directly onto the
grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard
for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers,
Spc4. Dahl saved the lives of the other members of the truck
crew while sacrificing his own. Spc4. Dahl's conspicuous
gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost
of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in
keeping with the highest traditions of the military service
and reflect great credit on himself, his unit and the U.S.