GREEN BERETS Stevens, Forestal Alonzo

John Robertson

Staff member
Forestal Alonzo
  • UNIT
5 SF Group (Company B,Det A-551) (5 M.S.F.C.) (522 MSF Company)
  • RANK
Specialist Fifth Class
Distinguished Service Cross
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 Specialist Fifth Class Forestal Alonzo Stevens (ASN: RA-11667415), 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 A-551, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Specialist Five Stevens distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 25 August 1968 as the platoon leader of a Mobile Strike Force company which was on a reinforcing mission at Camp Duc Lap. During an assault to drive elements of a North Vietnamese Army battalion from the hilltop camp, his unit came under heavy automatic weapons fire. Specialist Stevens moved to the front of his troops and led a fierce attack on the enemy positions, successfully overrunning them. Finding that a sister company was pinned down by fire from a North Vietnamese bunker, he next single-handedly assaulted the hostile emplacement and destroyed it and its occupants with grenades and rifle fire. Specialist Stevens continued to advance, directing his men's maneuver and helping remove the wounded from the battlefield while under a withering enemy fusillade. When his platoon reached the top of the hill it came under fire from another enemy bunker. Ordering his men to remain in position, Specialist Stevens fearlessly charged the fortification, killing two North Vietnamese inside it and wounding the third occupant. As he regrouped his unit for another assault, he was fatally wounded by enemy machine gun fire. Specialist Five Stevens' extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
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