Rory Antonio Madden

Lieutenant Rory A. Madden, 4th Platoon, 51st Company Infantry OCS, Fort Benning, GeorgiaRank: 1st Lieutenant

Branch: Infantry

Born: August 8, 1942

Deceased: Age 25, October 10, 1967, KIA, Small Arms Fire, 9th Infantry Division,  Bien Hoa Province, RVN

Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge

Summary of Assignments: Tony was the Platoon Leader of the Battalion Recon Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, operating out of Bear Cat, Vietnam.  Following his death, he was replaced as Recon Platoon Leader by 1st Lieutenant Dan Peck, an OCS classmate.

Post from the Vietnam Wall Memorial: “Tony and I were roommates for a time at Ft Riley. He was one of the “good guy’s” and is remembered!” Gary Woodring, November 13, 2008.

1st Lieutenant Rory A. Madden’s posthumous award of the Silver Star reads in part:

            “……..1LT Madden distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 October 1967 while serving as the platoon leader of the reconnaissance platoon on a combat operation in the jungles of Vietnam.  As the unit moved through an area of thick vegetation, it suddenly came under an intense volume of automatic and semiautomatic weapons fire from a well concealed Viet Cong force estimated to be of company size.  Seeing two of his men fall wounded in the initial burst of enemy fire, Lt. Madden immediately rushed forward to the soldiers in an effort to move them back to a covered position.  Although exposing himself to a torrent of enemy fire,  Lt. Madden bravely advanced forward, pouring a devastating volume of fire on the insurgents. As he neared the position of the two wounded soldiers, Lt. Madden was struck by a burst of enemy automatic weapons fire and critically wounded.  He was quickly evacuated to a medical facility where he succumbed to his wounds……..”





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