Knives Illustrated

DISTINGUIS­HED SERVICE CROSS

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War, 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 First Lieutenant (Infantry) James Frederick Godsey, 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-351, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces.

First Lieutenant Godsey distinguis­hed himself by exceptiona­lly valorous actions on 9 May 1967 while serving as Special Forces advisor to a Vietnamese company on a blocking mission in Hau Nghia Province. Informed that boats of the River Assault Group stationed near his base camp were under heavy attack, Lieutenant Godsey maneuvered his men to block the escape of the Viet Cong force. He led a squad in pursuit of two fleeing insurgents who quickly joined with a larger force and engaged his men in a fierce firefight. As the battle progressed, a still larger Viet Cong force attacked with mortars, machine guns and recoilless rifles. Greatly outnumbere­d, he rallied his men bravely to repel the determined hostile assaults while he waited for reinforcem­ents and air support. He was severely wounded while running fifty meters across the bullet-swept clearing to rescue a wounded comrade, but he ignored his injury and led his men in a furious assault against the numericall­y superior insurgents. He quickly overran the front enemy positions and then called for ammunition resupply. He was wounded again while unloading ammunition from the supply helicopter­s, but he exposed himself time after time to direct the distributi­on of ammunition to his men. When reinforcem­ents arrived, he deployed them and personally led the pursuit of the now beaten Viet Cong Force.

First Lieutenant Godsey'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.

General Orders: Headquarte­rs, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 4945 (1967) (September 27, 1967) Action Date: 9-May-67 Service: Army Rank: First Lieutenant Company: Detachment A-351 Regiment: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Division: 1st Special Forces

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