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Louis Richard Rocco



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery

Born:  November 19, 1938 at Albuquerque, NM

Entered Service in the US Army from Los Angeles, CA

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism May 24, 1970 at Katum, Vietnam

Died:  October 31, 2002 at the age of 63

Warrant Officer Rocco volunteered to accompany a medical evacuation team on an urgent mission to rescue eight critically wounded Army of the Republic of Vietnam personnel. As the helicopter approached the landing zone, it became the target for intense enemy automatic weapons fire. Disregarding his own safety, Rocco placed accurate suppressive fire on the enemy positions as the aircraft descended toward the landing zone. Sustaining major damage from the enemy fire, the aircraft was forced to crash land, causing him a fractured wrist and hip. Ignoring his injuries, he extracted the survivors from the burning wreckage, sustaining burns to his own body. He then carried each unconscious man across approximately 20 meters of exposed terrain to the friendly perimeter. Once inside the friendly position, Warrant Officer Rocco helped administer first aid to his wounded comrades until his wounds and burns caused him to collapse and lose consciousness. His bravery under fire and intense devotion to duty were directly responsible for saving three of his fellow soldiers from certain death.



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