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Veterans' Memorial

SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Dave Robertson (Class of 1968) and Stan Mercer (Class of 1963) and for their research assistance.
We have an additional list of local soldiers who were killed in VietNam and believe that many of them are Verdugo alumni also, but, we've been unable to confirm that. If you are a Verdugo alumnus, please review the attached list to see if you can confirm the status of any person on the list as a Verdugo alumnus. Thanks.

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UNITED STATES ARMY VIETNAM

APO San Francisco 96307

3 October 1966

GENERAL ORDERS

NUMBER 5894

AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS

1, TC 320 The Distinguished Service Cross is AWARDED posthumously to:

STURDIVANT, JASPER D 05326494 SECOND LIEUTENANT INFANTRY United States Army, Co B, 1st Bn, 35th Infantry, 3d Bde, 25th Inf Div, APO 96355

DATE ACTION: 3 July 1966

THEATER: Republic of Vietnam

REASON: For extraordinary heroism in connection with the military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 3 July 1966, Second Lieutenant Sturdivant was leading a two squad patrol during a search and destroy near Thang Duc. When his unit received intense hostile fire from a reinforced Viet Cong company, Second Lieutenant Sturdivant and many of his men were seriously wounded. As the insurgent onslaught continued, a portion of his hasty defense was overrun and the remainder of his force was surrounded. Despite the severity of his wounds and repeated attacks by the fanatical Viet Cong, Second Lieutenant Sturdivant rallied his isolated force, radioed for reinforcements, and continued to direct and encourage his comrades. Realizing that his force was about to be overrun, Second Lieutenant Sturdivant, with complete disregard for his own safety, called artillery onto his own position in an effort to break the encirclement. He continued to operate the radio and fire his weapon until his ammunition was expended. Fully aware that he was critically wounded, Second Lieutenant Sturdivant disassembled his weapon, placed the bolt under his body, and died. Second Lieutenant Sturdivant's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

AUTHORITY: By direction of the President, under the provisions of Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963, and Department of the Army message 782774, dated 19 September 1966

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