John Robertson

Staff member
Jackie L.
  • UNIT
5 SF Group (Company B,Det A-218) (2 M.S.F.C.)
  • RANK
Distinguished Service Cross,Bronze Star with V device,Army Commendation Medal
South Vietnam 1966-67
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 Jackie L. Waymire (ASN: 15688393), 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 Company B, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Sergeant Waymire distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 January 1967 while advising a Vietnamese Mike force on a combat reconnaissance patrol. After successfully destroying a hostile village complex, the unit was returning to its base camp. As the lead element entered the perimeter, the entire camp came under fierce automatic weapons fire from a reinforced Viet Cong platoon. Sergeant Waymire dauntlessly exposed himself to the savage barrage and maneuvered his platoon into two defensive positions. However, the intense hail of hostile fire threatened to inflict heavy casualties on the besieged camp if aggressive action was not immediately taken. Without hesitation, Sergeant Waymire called for covering fire as he led an assault against the insurgent flank. Shouting encouragement and orders, he stormed up the hill ahead of his men. Completely disregarding his safety, Sergeant Waymire charged a Viet Cong automatic weapons emplacement and killed three insurgents before being fatally wounded. With the last effort of his strength, he continued to encourage his men as he vainly struggled forward himself. His unimpeachable valor saved many lives and contributed immeasurably to the defeat of the Viet Cong force. Sergeant Waymire'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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