GREEN BERETS Villarosa, Paul Herman

John Robertson

Staff member
Paul Herman
  • UNIT
5 SF Group (MACV- SOG - CCN) (FOB 4) (RT Intruder)
  • RANK
Sergeant First Class
Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star
Laos 1967-68
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 Sergeant First Class Paul Herman Villarosa (ASN: RA-19707581), 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 Command and Control (North), FOB 4 (Marble Mountain), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Sergeant First Class Villarosa distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 4 January 1968 while leading a Special Forces long range reconnaissance patrol on a mission in enemy-controlled territory. As his team moved through the jungle, it became apparent to him that an enemy force was attempting to flank his unit. Sergeant First Class Villarosa halted his team and was preparing to establish communications with his headquarters when the hidden hostile force ordered his men to throw down their weapons and surrender. Acting quickly, he directed his men to withdraw to more defensible positions while he remained behind to cover their movement. The enemy launched a vicious assault using automatic weapons, grenades and a flamethrower, but Sergeant First Class Villarosa stood his ground despite the savage fusillade and delivered withering fire on the advancing insurgents which slowed their progress and allowed his men to set up a secure defensive perimeter. He was mortally wounded while gallantly and selflessly defending his fellow soldiers in the heat of battle. Sergeant First Class Villarosa's 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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