The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division.
Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 1 December 1966. Entered service at:
Seattle, Wash. Born: 27 April 1946, Venice, Italy. G.O. No.: 12, 3 April
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life and beyond the
call of duty. Pfc. Albanese's platoon, while advancing through densely covered terrain to
establish a blocking position, received intense automatic weapons fire from close range.
As other members maneuvered to assault the enemy position, Pfc. Albanese was ordered to
provide security for the left flank of the platoon. Suddenly, the left flank received fire
from enemy located in a well-concealed ditch. Realizing the imminent danger to his
comrades from this fire, Pfc. Albanese fixed his bayonet and moved aggressively into the
ditch. His action silenced the sniper fire, enabling the platoon to resume movement toward
the main enemy position. As the platoon continued to advance, the sound of heavy firing
emanated from the left flank from a pitched battle that ensued in the ditch which Pfc.
Albanese had entered. The ditch was actually a well-organized complex of enemy defenses
designed to bring devastating flanking fire on the forces attacking the main position.
Pfc. Albanese, disregarding the danger to himself, advanced 100 meters along the trench
and killed 6 of the snipers, who were armed with automatic weapons. Having exhausted his
ammunition, Pfc. Albanese was mortally wounded when he engaged and killed 2 more enemy
soldiers in fierce hand-to-hand combat. His unparalleled actions saved the lives of many
members of his platoon who otherwise would have fallen to the sniper fire from the ditch,
and enabled his platoon to successfully advance against an enemy force of overwhelming
numerical superiority. Pfc. Albanese's extraordinary heroism and supreme dedication to his
comrades were commensurate with the finest traditions of the military service and remain a
tribute to himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.