Army Reporter information
for 11 ACR

For date 680905

11 ACR was a US Army unit
Primary service involved, US Army
South Vietnam
Location, Chan Luu
Description: The following is an edited version of an article titled "11th Cav CO awarded DSC" dated 27 Jan 1969. COL George S. Patton, commander of the 11th ACR, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross recently. GEN Creighton W. Abrams made the presentation. Patton was cited for his valorous actions Sep 5 near Chan Luu. The colonel was aboard the regiment's C&C helicopter when he observed a large force trying to evade advancing ground forces. He ordered the chopper to set down amidst the enemy. On the ground the helicopter came under fire from a camouflaged ravine, causing light damage to the aircraft. The enemy troops withdrew, leaving behind a three-man anti-tank team to cover their retreat. Patton took charge of a U.S. squad, part of a 1st Inf Div platoon that had made their way to the scene, and attacked the rocket team. Two enemy were killed, while the colonel was personally credited with capturing the third. Patton assumed command of the 11th ACR in July 1968, having previously served with HQ MACV as Special Forces operations officer and HQ USARV in the Chief Force Development Division. He has been awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Presidential Unit Citation which was awarded to the 140th Tank Bn. while under his command for combat actions in Korea.
Comments: COL Patton, George S.; CO 11 ACR; ;

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