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First Name: Edward

Last Name: DeVore

Birthplace: Torrance, CA, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Harbor City, CA
Middle Name: Allen

Date of Birth: 15 June 1947

Date of Death: 18 March 1968

Rank: Specialist 4

Years Served: 1966 - 1968
Edward Allen DeVore, Jr.

•  Vietnam War (1960 - 1973)


Edward Allen DeVore, Jr.
Specialist Four, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
Vietnam War

Edward Allen DeVore, Jr. (15 June 1947 - 18 March 1968) was a U.S. Army Specialist Four. He was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions in the Vietnam War.

DeVore was born on 15 June 1947 at Torrance, CA. He joined the Army from Harbor City, CA, and on 17 March 1968 was serving as a Specialist Four in Company B, 4th Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. During a firefight on that day, near Saigon in the Republic of Vietnam, he single-handedly attacked an enemy position which had pinned down his squad, drawing fire to himself and allowing his comrades to retreat to safety. DeVore was mortally wounded in the assault and died the next day. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions.

Medal of Honor

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4. DeVore distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on the afternoon of 17 March 1968, while serving as a machine gunner with Company B, on a reconnaissance-in-force mission approximately 5 kilometers south of Saigon. Sp4. DeVore's platoon, the company's lead element, abruptly came under intense fire from automatic weapons, Claymore mines, rockets and grenades from well-concealed bunkers in a nipa palm swamp. One man was killed and 3 wounded about 20 meters from the bunker complex. Sp4. DeVore raced through a hail of fire to provide a base of fire with his machine gun, enabling the point element to move the wounded back to friendly lines. After supporting artillery, gunships and air strikes had been employed on the enemy positions, a squad was sent forward to retrieve their fallen comrades. Intense enemy frontal and enfilading automatic weapons fire pinned down this element in the kill zone. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sp4. DeVore assaulted the enemy positions. Hit in the shoulder and knocked down about 35 meters short of his objectives, Sp4. DeVore, ignoring his pain and the warnings of his fellow soldiers, jumped to his feet and continued his assault under intense hostile fire. Although mortally wounded during this advance, he continued to place highly accurate suppressive fire upon the entrenched insurgents. By drawing the enemy fire upon himself, Sp4. DeVore enabled the trapped squad to rejoin the platoon in safety. Sp4. DeVore's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty in close combat were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 39th Infantry, and the U.S. Army.

His Medal of Honor was presented to his family at the White House by President Richard M. Nixon on 7 April 1970.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The name Edward Allen DeVore, Jr. is inscribed on Panel 45E - Line 20.

Death and Burial

Edward Allen DeVore, Jr. was killed in action on 18 March 1968. He is buried at Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

Honoree ID: 926   Created by: MHOH




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