The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*BUKER, BRIAN L.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S.
Army, Detachment B-55, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces. Place and date:
Chau Doc Province, Republic of Vietnam, 5 April 1970. Entered service at: Bangor,
Maine. Born: 3 November 1949, Benton, Maine.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of life above and beyond
the call of duty. Sgt. Buker, Detachment B-55, distinguished himself while serving as a
platoon adviser of a Vietnamese mobile strike force company during an offensive mission.
Sgt. Buker personally led the platoon, cleared a strategically located well-guarded pass,
and established the first foothold at the top of what had been an impenetrable mountain
fortress. When the platoon came under the intense fire from a determined enemy located in
2 heavily fortified bunkers, and realizing that withdrawal would result in heavy
casualties, Sgt. Buker unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his personal
safety, charged through the hail of enemy fire and destroyed the first bunker with hand
grenades. While reorganizing his men for the attack on the second bunker, Sgt. Buker was
seriously wounded. Despite his wounds and the deadly enemy fire, he crawled forward and
destroyed the second bunker. Sgt. Buker refused medical attention and was reorganizing his
men to continue the attack when he was mortally wounded. As a direct result of his heroic
actions, many casualties were averted, and the assault of the enemy position was
successful. Sgt. Buker's extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life are in the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S.