John Robertson

Staff member
Lloyd Francis
  • UNIT
5 SF Group (MACV-SOG) (Det B-56,Project Sigma)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
Distinguished Service Cross,Silver Star,Soldier's Medal,Bronze Star with V device
South Vietnam 1968
KIA - see Roll of Honour



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 pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Lloyd Francis Mousseau (ASN: RA-19712162), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Detachment B-56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Staff Sergeant Mousseau distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 May 1968 as assistant team leader of a twelve-man Special Forces/Vietnamese reconnaissance patrol operating in enemy territory. The patrol was heavily attacked by enemy forces firing grenades, small arms and automatic weapons. Although Sergeant Mousseau was seriously wounded in the initial barrage, he ignored his injuries and braved the devastating fire time after time to deploy his men in a tight defensive perimeter. While fighting furiously to repel the determined attackers, a cartridge ruptured in his rifle, wounding him again and rendering the weapon inoperative. He quickly secured another rifle from a fallen comrade in time to engage and kill three enemy troops who had reached his defensive lines. The patrol leader was killed and Sergeant Mousseau immediately assumed command. Using a radio, he directed gunship strikes on the insurgents which forced them back. As an extraction helicopter attempted to land, it was hit by a renewed enemy fusillade and crashed. Sergeant Mousseau continued to direct close air support. Despite grenade wounds to his legs, he maneuvered under a curtain of fire to locate enemy positions and strong points. He then adjusted napalm and bombs to within thirty meters of his perimeter, forcing the enemy to withdraw. When a rescue helicopter arrived, he directed his men aboard before mounting the craft himself. As he entered the ship, he was killed by an enemy sniper. His fearless and selfless leadership in the heat of battle prevented his unit from being overrun. Staff Sergeant Mousseau'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.

Soldier's Medal : The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Soldier's Medal to Private First Class Lloyd Francis Mousseau (ASN: RA-19712162), United States Army, for heroism at the risk of life not involving conflict with an armed enemy as a member of Company A, 2d Airborne Battle Group, 501st Infantry, on 22 April 1962, while on maneuvers near Rowlesburg, West Virginia. When Private Mousseau was informed that a girl was clinging to a canoe which capsized near the far shore of the icy, treacherous Cheat River, he unhesitatingly volunteered his services in the rescue effort. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, he plunged into the swollen river, and while he fought the swift current and cold waters to reach the girl, she lost her hold on the canoe and disappeared. Upon reaching the far shore, he learned that one of his comrades who also participated in the rescue effort was swept into the nearby rapids and disappeared. With unfaltering perseverance and courage, he spent several hours in diving and searching the banks of the dangerous river trying to locate the bodies of the two victims. Private Mousseau's heroic action is in the highest tradition of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

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