MOH Recipient Clarence Sasser

Mr. Sasser is 1 of 3 Living Recipients here Texas.

Through extraordinary efforts, Specialist Fifth Class Clarence Sasser heroically treated his wounded comrades for five hours. Sasser and his unit came under heavy attack resulting in more than 30 soldiers killed or wounded in a few short minutes. Sasser ran through heavy fire multiple times to reach the injured. Even after sustaining injuries that left him unable to walk, Sasser refused to cease looking for those in need of aid. He crawled over 100 yards to reach a wounded soldier and then helped another group crawl over 200 yards to a safer position.

 

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the Medal of Honor to:

 

Clarence Eugene Sasser

 

Rank and Organization: Specialist Fifth Class, U.S. Army, Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division

Place and date: Ding Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam, 10 January 1968

Entered service at: Houston, TX

Born: 12 September 1947, Chenango, TX

 

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp5c. Sasser distinguished himself while assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3d Battalion. He was serving as a medical aid man with Company A, 3d Battalion, on a reconnaissance in force operation. His company was making an air assault when suddenly it was taken under heavy small arms, recoilless rifle, machinegun and rocket fire from well-fortified enemy positions on three sides of the landing zone. During the first few minutes, over thirty casualties were sustained. Without hesitation, Sp5c. Sasser ran across an open rice paddy through a hail of fire to assist the wounded. After helping one man to safety, was painfully wounded in the left shoulder by fragments of an exploding rocket. Refusing medical attention, he ran through a barrage of rocket and automatic weapons fire to aid casualties of the initial attack and, after giving them urgently needed treatment, continued to search for other wounded. Despite two additional wounds immobilizing his legs he dragged himself through the mud toward another soldier one-hundred meters away. Although in agonizing pain and faint from loss of blood, Sp5c. Sasser reached the man, treated him, and proceeded on to encourage another group of soldiers to crawl two-hundred meters to relative safety. There he attended their wounds for five hours until they were evacuated. Sp5c. Sasser’s extraordinary heroism is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

 

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