The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*HARVEY, CARMEL BERNON, JR.
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth
Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).
Place and date: Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 21 June 1967. Entered
service at: Chicago, Ill. Born: 6 October 1946, Montgomery, W. Va.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Harvey distinguished himself as a fire team leader with
Company B, during combat operations. Ordered to secure a downed helicopter, his platoon
established a defensive perimeter around the aircraft, but shortly thereafter a large
enemy force attacked the position from 3 sides. Sp4c. Harvey and 2 members of his squad
were in a position directly in the path of the enemy onslaught, and their location
received the brunt of the fire from an enemy machinegun. In short order, both of his
companions were wounded, but Sp4c. Harvey covered this loss by increasing his deliberate
rifle fire at the foe. The enemy machinegun seemed to concentrate on him and the bullets
struck the ground all around his position. One round hit and armed a grenade attached to
his belt. Quickly, he tried to remove the grenade but was unsuccessful. Realizing the
danger to his comrades if he remained and despite the hail of enemy fire, he jumped to his
feet, shouted a challenge at the enemy, and raced toward the deadly machinegun. He nearly
reached the enemy position when the grenade on his belt exploded, mortally wounding Sp4c.
Harvey, and stunning the enemy machinegun crew. His final act caused a pause in the enemy
fire, and the wounded men were moved from the danger area. Sp4c. Harvey's dedication to
duty, high sense of responsibility, and heroic actions inspired the others in his platoon
to decisively beat back the enemy attack. His acts are in keeping with the highest
traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S.