H Bty (SLT), 29th Field Artillery (RVN)

Awarded the Silver Star
May 13, 1968

Silver Star

His Citation Reads:

For gallantry in action in conjunction with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force: Specialist Four Malone distinguished himself while serving as chief of a searchlight crew at the compound at Rach Kien, when it came under enemy mortar attack. Specialist Four Malone directed the placement of a light beam on the mortar tube flashes, thereby marking targets for the M42A1 twin 40mm weapon positioned nearby. At the same time, he adjusted indirect artillery fire on the suspected mortar locations. When his searchlight malfunctioned, he led his crew in resupplying the M42A1 with ammunition, making repeated trips from the ammunition point to the weapon under incoming mortar barrages. In the relative quiet which followed, Specialist Four Malone heard hysterical cries coming from a nearby bunker and ran to investigate. He found a young Vietnamese girl who screamed that she had seen Viet Cong advancing on the perimeter. Leaving the safety of the bunker, he immediately placed accurate machine gun fire on the enemy locations. The crew of the M42A1 had succeeded in repairing both their guns and, by following the path of his tracers, had begun placing fire on the advancing enemy. Suddenly, an enemy mortar round impacted extremely close to Specialist Four Malone's exposed position, and he was severely wounded in the back, arm and legs. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Note: SP4 Patrick M. Malone was later promoted to the rank of Sergeant !




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