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Pfc. Daniel Shea

Date of Award: Unknown
Conflict: Vietnam War
Branch: U.S. Army

Pfc. Daniel Shea portraitBorn on January 29, 1947, Private Daniel John Shea gave the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War. At 22 years of age, Shea, a 3rd Battalion medical aidman who had only begun his tour two months prior, showed bravery and valor above and beyond the call of duty. With many of his fellow soldiers downed by enemy fire, Shea left relative safety to assist the wounded in an open rice paddy in the Quang Tri province. He was killed in action on May 14, 1969, and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

Citation: “With complete disregard for his safety and braving the intense hostile fire sweeping the open rice paddy, Pfc. Shea made four trips to tend wounded soldiers and to carry them to the safety of the platoon position.”

Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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