Dan Wagner, Jr
Sergeant First Class
FOB 2, C&C DET, MACV SOG, 5TH SFG, SPECIAL FORCES
Army Of The United States
30 March 1936 - 15 December 1967
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I do not fear an army of lions, if they are led by a lamb.
I do fear an army of sheep, if they are led by a lion.
-- Alexander the Great --
Remembered by his children,
Dana Lynn Wagner Fouse
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY|
HEADQUARTERS, UNITED STATES ARMY, VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96375
28 December 1967
AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
WAGNER, DANIEL JR, RA 15546691, SERGEANT FIRST CLASS, United States Army
Awarded: Silver Star
Forward Operational Base Number Two, Command and Control Detachment,
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, APO 96240
Date action: 15 December 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the
Republic of Vietnam:
Sergeant First Class Wagner distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 15 December 1967 while serving as patrol leader of a long range reconnaissance team operating in enemy controlled territory. His team was infiltrated into an area containing major enemy troop concentrations and installations, with the mission of locating them and destroying them with tactical air strikes. Although the patrol was discovered and pursued, Sergeant Wagner declined to call for evacuation and expertly maneuvered his team to evade the enemy. During this movement, he pinpointed several large troop concentrations. He then led the patrol to high ground and requested fighter aircraft. As he directed devastating air strikes on the hostile forces and equipment, the team suddenly began receiving intense fire from an enemy unit which had followed the patrol's maneuver. Sergeant Wagner alertly diverted the air strikes to the attackers. Exposed to a savage hail of bullets, he continued to direct the fighter aircraft until the insurgents fled in disorder. Sergeant Wagner was mortally wounded by sniper fire while skillfully adjusting lethal air strikes on the routed enemy. His courageous actions saved the lives of his comrades and enabled them to complete the mission. Sergeant First Class Wagner's gallantry in action, 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 the Act of Congress, approved 9 July 1913.
With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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