The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*DAHL, LARRY G.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth
Class, U.S. Army, 359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army
Support Command. Place and date: An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam,
23 February 1971. Entered service at: Portland, Oreg. Born: 6 October
1949, Oregon City, Oreg.
Sp4c. Dahl distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as
a machine gunner on a gun truck near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. The gun truck in which
Sp4c. Dahl was riding was sent with 2 other gun trucks to assist in the defense of a
convoy that had been ambushed by an enemy force. The gun trucks entered the battle zone
and engaged the attacking enemy troops with a heavy volume of machinegun fire, causing a
large number of casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the attack subsided.
As the gun trucks were preparing to return to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand
grenade was thrown into the truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding. Instantly realizing the
great danger, Sp4c. Dahl called a warning to his companions and threw himself directly
onto the grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and
profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Sp4c. Dahl saved the lives of the other members
of the truck crew while sacrificing his own. Sp4c. Dahl's conspicuous gallantry,
extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call
of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect
great credit on himself, his unit and the U.S. Army.