BLUNT, STANLEY A 522-36-8579
CAPTAIN INFANTRY United States Army
Company D, 1st Battalion, 11th Infantry
1st Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized), APO 96477
Awarded: Distinguished Service Cross
Dates of action: 11 November to 13 November 1969
Theater: Republic of Vietnam
Authority: By direction of the President, under the provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.
Reason: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations
involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam:
Captain Blunt distinguished himself while leading his company during a search and clear operation through enemy controlled territory several kilometers south of the Demilitarized Zone in the northern area of I Corps Tactical Zone. On 11 November, his company was participating in a coordinated battalion attack on elements of the 27th North Vietnamese Army Regiment defending heavily fortified bunker positions. When his company's advance was halted by intense' Suppressive fire, Captain Blunt single handedly charged a heavily fortified machine gun emplacement and completely destroyed the position. In this same assault, he killed four other enemy soldiers at close range by hurling hand grenades into their positions. In the early morning hours of l3 November, in a continuation of the same operation, Captain Blunt infiltrated a seven-man patrol through some twelve hundred meters of closely defended enemy terrain under cover of darkness in order to reinforce and extract besieged friendly elements. He conducted this perilous mission without incident and undoubtedly saved the lives of the twenty-two trapped American soldiers. Captain Blunt's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
U. S. ARMY VIETNAM
FOR THE COMMANDER
GEORGE L. MABRY, JR.
Major General, US Army
Chief of Staff
JOHN A. O’BRIEN