United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
APO San Francisco 96222
25 February 1968
AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR (POSTHUMOUSLY)
1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
TIMBOE, ARTHUR R. OF108972 1LT INF US ARMY
||Silver Star (Posthumously)|
||01 February 1968|
||Republic of Vietnam|
For gallantry in action: First Lieutenant Timboe distinguished himself by gallantry in action on 1 February 1968 while serving as Assistant Battalion Advisor, 1st Battalion, 7th Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam. On this date, Lieutenant Timboe was accompanying the 1st Battalion and other elements of the 5th Infantry Division on a search and destroy operation near the city of Phu Cuong. As the 1st Battalion approached the south side of the city along Highway 13, it came under intense mortar, rocket, automatic and small arms weapons fire. When the Vietnamese soldiers moved out of the heavy vegetation in order to move into firing position, the enemy took them under direct fire. The Vietnamese Company Commander dispatched a light machinegun team to establish a base of fire but before the team could reach the highway, a burst of automatic fire wounded the gunner. Lieutenant Timboe unhesitatingly left his position of safety and, ignoring the extreme danger, ran to the aid of the wounded man. He dashed across 10 meters of open terrain, physically picked up the wounded soldier and started back to a protected area. At this time he was subject to enemy automatic weapons fire and was mortally wounded. First Lieutenant Timboe's conspicuous gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflected great credit upon himself and the military service.
By direction of the President under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1918.|
FOR THE COMMANDER:
WALTER T. KERWIN, JR.
Major General, US Army
Chief of Staff
NEIL N. SNYDER, JR
Colonel, US Army
Arthur Richard Timboe,
First Lieutenant, United States Army,
Advisor, 5th Infantry Division (ARVN),
was buried on 16 February 1968 in Plot WS 636-B,
San Francisco National Cemetery,
San Francisco, California,
among other men of honor and integrity.