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PFC Dan Lee Neely
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Birth: Apr. 27, 1948
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1968
Hue, Vietnam

The President of the United States
takes pride in presenting the
posthumously to
Private First Class
United States Army
for service as set forth in the following

For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: Private First Class Neely distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 1 March 1968 as radio-telephone operator of an airmobile infantry company on a search and destroy mission northwest of Hue. One of the company's platoons made contact with an estimated company of North Vietnamese Army regulars and immediately suffered several casualties. A reinforcement platoon moved up to assist and became pinned down behind a small bush line. Several medics attempted to crawl forward to give aid to the wounded who were lying in exposed positions, and they were hit by the enemy fire as they advanced. Private Neely began to move from position to position, exposing himself to the fusillade to collect hand grenades. Discarding his equipment and carrying only grenades and medical bandages, he then crawled forward toward the casualties. He maneuvered to within a few meters of a Viet Cong bunker and threw grenades at it in an attempt to silence its weapons. The attempt failed and he was driven back by a fierce enemy barrage. While the reinforcement platoon concentrated covering fire on the enemy position, Private Neely again moved forward, this time succeeding in reaching one of the wounded medics. After applying first aid to the man, he dragged him back to the relative safety of the friendly force's perimeter. Private Neely secured a further supply of grenades and attempted to return to the remaining wounded. While crawling forward in the face of withering fire, throwing hand grenades at the enemy, he was mortally wounded. Private Neely's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

PFC - E3 - Army - Regular
1st Cav Division (AMBL)

Length of service 0 years
His tour began on Oct 8, 1967
Casualty was on Mar 1, 1968
Body was recovered

Dan was a Baptist. 
Family links: 
  J. D. Neely (1921 - 1999)
  Roy James Neely (1947 - 1991)*
  Dan Lee Neely (1948 - 1968)
  Warren Eugene Neely (1952 - 1974)*
  Deborah Jean Neely (1954 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Morris Cemetery
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Plot: Clifton Hill Addition SW Section Part 1 Lot 54
Created by: Karen Hopkins
Record added: Mar 01, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 66341442
PFC Dan Lee Neely
Added by: Karen Hopkins
PFC Dan Lee Neely
Added by: Karen Hopkins
PFC Dan Lee Neely
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I heard your story on National Public Radio today. Not only did you save your comrades' lives, you continued to save them after your death -- your body shielded your friend Larry and kept him safe. Your mother is a brave and impressive woman; I am sure ...(Read more)
 Added: Oct. 5, 2013

- Joe Leong
 Added: Sep. 7, 2013
Thank you for your valor and great sacrifice in preserving our country's freedoms. I will honor you in the only way that I can . . . by remembering you always. May you rest in peace.
- Charles A. Lewis
 Added: Mar. 4, 2013
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