Danny John Petersen

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Danny John Petersen

Birthdate: (20)
Birthplace: Horton, Kansas, USA
Death: January 9, 1970 (20) (KIA)
Place of Burial: Netawaka, Jackson, Kansas, USA
Managed by: Shirley Marie Caulk
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About Danny John Petersen

The President of the United States of America, in the name of Congress, takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Danny John Petersen (ASN: 515548546), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the 4th Battalion, 23d Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, in action against enemy aggressor forces at Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 9 January 1970. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen distinguished himself while serving as an armored personnel carrier commander with Company B during a combat operation against a North Vietnamese Army Force estimated to be of battalion size. During the initial contact with the enemy, an armored personnel carrier was disabled and the crewmen were pinned down by the heavy onslaught of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen immediately maneuvered his armored personnel carrier to a position between the disabled vehicle and the enemy. He placed suppressive fire on the enemy's well-fortified position, thereby enabling the crewmembers of the disabled personnel carrier to repair their vehicle. He then maneuvered his vehicle, while still under heavy hostile fire to within ten feet of the enemy's defensive emplacement. After a period of intense fighting, his vehicle received a direct hit and the driver was wounded. With extraordinary courage and selfless disregard for his own safety, Specialist Fourth Class Petersen carried his wounded comrade 45 meters across the bullet-swept field to a secure area. He then voluntarily returned to his disabled armored personnel carrier to provide covering fire for both the other vehicles and the dismounted personnel of his platoon as they withdrew. Despite heavy fire from three sides, he remained with his disabled vehicle, alone and completely exposed. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen was standing on top of his vehicle, firing his weapon, when he was mortally wounded. His heroic and selfless actions prevented further loss of life in his platoon. Specialist Fourth Class Petersen's conspicuous gallantry and extraordinary heroism are in the highest traditions of the service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 44 (September 12, 1974)

Action Date: 9-Jan-70

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

Company: Company B

Battalion: 4th Battalion

Regiment: 23d Infantry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division

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Danny John Petersen's Timeline

March 11, 1949
Horton, Kansas, USA
January 9, 1970
Age 20
Netawaka, Jackson, Kansas, USA