The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*McDONALD, PHILL G.
Rank and organization: Private First
Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division. Place
and Date: Near Kontum City, Republic of Vietnam, 7 June 1968. Entered service at:
Beckley, W . Va. Born: 13 September 1941. Avondale, W. Va.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. Pfc. McDonald distinguished himself while serving as a team
leader with the 1st platoon of Company A. While on a combat mission his platoon came under
heavy barrage of automatic weapons fire from a well concealed company-size enemy force.
Volunteering to escort 2 wounded comrades to an evacuation point, Pfc. McDonald crawled
through intense fire to destroy with a grenade an enemy automatic weapon threatening the
safety of the evacuation. Returning to his platoon, he again volunteered to provide
covering fire for the maneuver of the platoon from its exposed position. Realizing the
threat he posed, enemy gunners concentrated their fire on Pfc. McDonald's position,
seriously wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, Pfc. McDonald recovered the weapon of
a wounded machine gunner to provide accurate covering fire for the gunner's evacuation.
When other soldiers were pinned down by a heavy volume of fire from a hostile machinegun
to his front, Pfc. McDonald crawled toward the enemy position to destroy it with grenades.
He was mortally wounded in this intrepid action. Pfc. McDonald's gallantry at the risk of
his life which resulted in the saving of the lives of his comrades, is in keeping with the
highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his
unit, and the U.S. Army.