Roger Allen PedersonSpecialist Four
HHT, 3RD SQDN, 5TH CAV RGT, 5 INF DIV
Army of the United States
02 May 1951 - 29 March 1971
Elk Mound, Wisconsin
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On 29 March 1971 we were ambushed by enemy forces in the Quang Tri province of South Vietnam. Our convoy of armored personnel carriers sustained heavy damage from RPG's and small arms fire. A number of our men were killed or wounded including myself. I had shrapnel wounds in my chest and side and a bullet wound in my lower back. The attack had split our company in half and the medic was in the track behind us approximately 30 yards or so. Our track was exploding and we had no defense as all our weapons were on the burning APC. I was lying on my stomach in the dirt screaming for a medic when I looked to my right and saw one running toward us. He slid on his knees beside me and said something like "Hang in there buddy. I got you". Then in a hail of small arms fire, he fell beside me.
I didn't know him. I asked someone on the dustoff who he was. They thought his name was "Peterson". All these years I couldn't find anything about him. Then with the help of the Wall, I found SP4 Roger Allen Pederson. I read the account of his death. I was the casualty he raced to save after he dragged two others to saftey. "Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another." Thank You, Sir. I have enjoyed a good life because of your unselfish bravery.
Always in your debt,
I served with Roger Pederson, in fact I was his senior medic. I had been wounded three weeks earlier and Roger was riding in my place. It took me many years to come to grips with that. One of the people he tried to save was my best friend Gayle Cox. We were to meet up that day to say goodby as he was leaving Vietnam in just a day or two. I had just linked up with the convoy, but didnt get a chance to see either of them before the ambush that killed them both. I was at the end of the convoy and had several wounded men to take care of during the ambush. By the time I made it forward both of them were killed. I was the one who had to put their bodies on the chopper, and I was told of Roger's brave effort to save his men. I never left my people again until my DEROS date later that year.
From a fellow medic.
A Note from The Virtual WallOnly two men from the 3rd Sqdn, 5th Cavalry can be associated with the convoy ambush: SGT William Gayle Cox of Louisville, Kentucky, in "C" Troop, and SP4 Roger A. Pederson. Six other soldiers died in Quang Tri Province on 29 March 1971 and it may be that one or more of them were on the convoy.
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