C Bty, 6th Bn, 29th Field Artillery (RVN)

Awarded the Silver Star
March 26, 1968

Silver Star

His Citation Reads:

For gallantry in action while engaged in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Richard C. Scanio distinguished himself while serving as a section chief with Battery C, 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. On 26 March 1968, a predawn attack was launched on SGT Scanio's battery position by 2 battalions pf enemy infantry supported by mortars and rockets. During initial contact a mortar round ignited an ammunition bunker in the howitzer section. Disregarding his own personal safety, SGT Scanio led several members of his section through a heavy barrage to extinguish the fire. SGT Scanio then devoted his efforts to evacuating several critically wounded men from his howitzer position to safety. He then directed his section to turn it's howitzer toward the advancing enemy, who had breached the perimeter and were now inside. For 2 hours, SGT Scanio's howitzer fired directly into the enemy forces with such devastating intensity that the enemy attack was soon broken. His brave actions prevented the enemy from over running the entire battery, thus contributing immensely to the fire base defense.




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