H CO, 2ND SQDN, 11TH ARMORED CAV, USARV
Army of the United States
23 August 1936 - 17 January 1968
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The database page for John Ortiz
01 Jan 2000
I am trying to research the casualty circumstances behind two men who were killed in Vietnam.
and John Ortiz were both very close friends to my parents.
If anyone knows more details about their deaths, please contact me.
23 Feb 2006
by a crewman on John Ortiz's M48 tank.,
E-mail address is not available.
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY|
HEADQUARTERS 9TH INFANTRY DIVISION
APO San Francisco 96370
9 April 1968
AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
ORTIZ, JOHN RA16460144 STAFF SERGEANT E6
Company H, 2d Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
||17 January 1968|
||Republic of Vietnam|
For gallantry in action involving close combat against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. STAFF SERGEANT ORTIZ distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 17 January 1968, while serving as a Tank Commander with Company H, 2d Squadron, llth Armored Cavalry Regiment, on a reconnaissance in force mission during Operation Fargo in Loc Ninh Province. Sergeant Ortiz's tank, in the lead position, came under heavy recoilless rifle and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior Viet Cong force. An anti-tank round struck his vehicle, causing it to burst into flames. Directing his men to abandon the flaming tank, Sergeant Ortiz covered their exit with highly accurate suppressive fire from his .50 caliber machine gun. When his men were safely evacuated, Sergeant Ortiz turned his main gun on the enemy fortification, destroying at least one of the recoilless rifle teams. While still firing devastating rounds into the insurgent pnpitions, Sergeant Ortiz was mortally wounded by an exploding antitank round. Sergeant Ortiz's extraordinary heroism in close combat against a numerically superior Viet Cong force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1918, and USARV message 16695, dated 1 July 1966.
FOR THE COMMANDER:
Chief of Staff
With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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