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James Michael Sprayberry

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U.S. Army
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Captain Sprayberry's company commander and a great number of the men were wounded and separated from the main body of the company. A daylight attempt to rescue them was driven back, so Captain Sprayberry organized and led a night patrol to relieve the surrounded element. The patrol soon began receiving enemy machinegun fire and he quickly moved the men to protective cover, then crawled within close range of the bunker from which the fire was coming. He silenced it with a grenade and then attacked several more positions he had located. He crawled back for more grenades when two grenades were thrown at his men from a position to the front. He charged the enemy-held bunker, killing its occupants. With two men to cover his advance, he crawled forward and neutralized three more bunkers with grenades. When surprised by an enemy soldier who charged from a concealed position, he killed him with his pistol and moved on to neutralized another enemy emplacement. This rescue operation, which lasted approximately 7 1/2 hours, saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. Captain Sprayberry personally killed 12 enemy soldiers, eliminated two machineguns, and destroyed numerous enemy bunkers.

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