John Robertson

Staff member
Tyrone J.
  • UNIT
6 SF Group (Company A)
  • RANK
Sergeant First Class
Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Army Commendation Medal
North Vietnam 1970 (Son Tay) (DSC), Vietnam 07.06.1966 (SS), Vietnam 11.05.1966 (ACM)
born 1943
1961 enlisted
after basic training joined 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
1965 deployed to Dominican Republic as a Fire Team Leader with 504th Infantry op.power pack
1966 deployed to Vietnam as Squad Leader with 502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne
wounded near Dak To, awarded Silver Star for valor
1968 graduated SF Weapons Course
deployed to Vietnam with 5th SFG
1969 returned Fort Bragg
volunteered for mission "Ivory Coast" to free American POWs in North Vietnam. awarded DSC during unsuccessful mission
served with 6th and 5th SFGs
promoted Master Sergeant
served Korea
promoted Sergeant Major
07.1988 retired from active duty
serves as guerrilla chief, mentor and advisor to today's soldiers


Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant First Class Tyrone J. Adderly, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism and risk of life on 21 November 1970 while serving as a member of a Joint United States Task Force with the mission of rescuing American military personnel held as prisoners of war at Son Tay, North Vietnam. While participating in the operation, Sergeant Adderly, a gunner and ground guide for one of the command elements, came under heavy fire as the element approached the enemy complex. With complete disregard for his own life, Sergeant Adderly advanced against the hostile position and neutralized the enemy with highly accurate M-79 grenade fire. As the force moved into the complex, Sergeant Adderly once again came under heavy automatic weapons fire. Unhesitatingly, he assaulted the enemy position and eliminated the threat to the force. His valorous actions contributed greatly to the successful conduct of the assigned mission without the loss of a single American life. Sergeant First Class Adderly's extraordinary heroism was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit on him and the United States Army.

Army Commendation Medal with "V" Device : For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Sergeant Adderly distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 11 May 1966, near Bu Gia Map, Republic of Vietnam. When his platoon sergeant was killed during an assault against a well-entrenched enemy, Sergeant Adderly, a squad leader, immediately assumed the responsibilities of platoon sergeant. Exposing himself to enemy fire, he maneuvered his men, encouraging them and pointing out targets. While under extremely heavy hostile fire, he was instrumental in the destruction of three machine gun positions and also directed the clearing of landing zones for evacuation of the wounded. Sergeant Adderly's devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Date of Action : 11 May 1966
Theater : Republic of Vietnam

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