I FIELD FORCE VIETNAM
APO San Francisco 96350
11 March 1967
AWARD OF THE SILVER STAR
1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced.
YATES, CHARLES M US 54437147 PRIVATE FIRST CLASS E3 United States Army
Co A, 1st Bn, 35th Inf, 3d Bde Task Force, 25th Inf Div
Awarded: Silver Star (Posthumously)
Date of Action: 22 January 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Reason: Gallantry in action:
Private First Class Yates was serving as a rifleman of the Third Platoon of Company A, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry while on a search and destroy mission. The unit was brought under fire by a sizable enemy force armed with automatic weapons. Private Yates was wounded in the initial contact but refused to be evacuated, choosing instead to help the other wounded personnel. Moving through the heavy fire fight in order to reach the other wounded personnel and render medical aid, Private Yates successfully treated one of the wounded men and assisted him to safety, he returned to aid the other wounded personnel. But as he moved through the embattled area, his movements were detected by the enemy and he was fatally wounded. Private Yates' actions undoubtedly saved the lives of several of his wounded comrades. His outstanding aggressiveness, devotion to duty and personal bravery are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Authority: By direction of the President under the provisions of USARV Message 16695, 1 July 1966 and paragraph 27, AR 672-5-1.
FOR THE COMMANDER:
LINTON S. BOATWRIGHT
Chief of Staff
WILLIAM H. JAMES