SEALS Albrecht, Joseph Alfred

John Robertson

Staff member
Joseph Alfred
  • UNIT
U.S.N. Seal Team 2
  • RANK
Machinists Mate First Class
Bronze Star with V device
South Vietnam 1968
KIA - see Roll of Honour
His Bronze Star Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in armed conflict against Communist insurgent forces in the Mekong Delta, Republic of Vietnam from 20 April to 2 August 1968. As grenadier for SEAL Team Detachment ALFA, 8th and 9th Platoons, Petty Officer ALBRECHT performed with daring and professionalism. While participating in 40 clandestine patrols, his accurate grenade and rifle fire proved invaluable to the platoon's success. Typical of his performance was on 28 June, during a canal ambush, when he effectively utilized his grenade fire power in suppressing enemy fire. Five heavily armed Viet Cong had advanced on the platoon while others were firing grenades and automatic weapons from hidden positions. In this tenuous situation, Petty Officer ALBRECHT employed a pre-positioned claymore mine in countering the advancing enemy. He then laid down a barrage of grenades to cover his platoon's withdrawal to the hastily arranged extraction point. Petty Officer ALBRECHT's combat initiative, devotion to duty and valor under fire were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

The Combat "V" is authorized.
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