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Captain Roscoe E. Cartwright Jr. Class of 2009

Bronze Star




United States Army

Bronze Star Medal with V Device
Citation

For heroism in connection with ground operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain Cartwright distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 20 February 1970 while commanding Troop F, 17th Cavalry. On that date, the troop was conducting a search and clear operation in the vicinity of Vinh Huy when it was assaulted by an unknown size North Vietnamese Army force". During the ensuing battle, a tank was hit by an enemy Rocket Propelled Grenade round, severely wounding the crew. Reacting immediately to the urgency of the situation, Captain Cartwright directed his command track to the crippled vehicle's position. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he dismounted and began removing the wounded crewmen from the heavily damaged tank. When an intense volume of hostile sniper fire wounded two more men, Captain Cartwright unhesitatingly exposed himself to the enemy fusillade in order to carry his comrades to safety. Returning to the wrecked tank, he suffered severe wounds as the burning . vehicle exploded. Ignoring his painful wounds, Captain Cartwright skillfully reorganized his unit and led it in an assault on the hostile emplacements. Denying himself medical attention, Captain Cartwright skillfully directed his unit's maneuvers until he succeeded in overrunning the enemy positions. Through his timely "and courageous actions, he was instrumental in thwarting the hostile assault and served as an inspiration to his men. Captain Cartwright's personal heroism, professional competence, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, the Americal Division, and the United States Army.

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