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Gen. Abrams Gives DSC To Ivyman
By SP4 Obelit Yadgar
CAMP ENARI ó "Whatever happens to me while I am in Vietnam, happens
because of Godís will." Specialist 5
Timothy Boris remembered as he stood before General Creighton Abrams, commander
of U.S. forces in Vietnam, to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross Medal
for gallantry In battle.
"Chaplain Haggin said those words in a sermon when I first came in
country," said the tall, lean Ivy soldier from Chalmette, La.
"His words always stuck in my mind," continued, the young
medic., "So I never worried about anything happening, even on the day of
Company D, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry had been on a cordon and search
mission west of Kontum in the Central Highlands. An unknown-size enemy force
lingered somewhere in the rugged jungle.
"We had just started reconning by fire," said SP5 Boris.
"All of a sudden we started getting hit from all sides with mortars and
The initial contact had wounded several Ivy soldiers. They lay pinned down
in the open.
With a quick leap he darted toward his fallen friends. An enemy bullet
tore into his leg. He crashed to the muddy jungle floor, sprang to his feet, and
dove to the side of a wounded soldier.
He carried the Ivyman back to the perimeter, trudging through a maze of
"I patched him up and did what I could for him," continued SP5
Boris. "But there were more lying out there.
"I had worked and fought with those guys," he said. "They
were my buddies. Besides, I didnít think my wound was that bad."
HONOR DESERVED Ė SP4 Timothy Boris of Chalmette, La., is awarded the
Distinguished service Cross by General Creighton Abrams, commander of the U.S.
forces in Vietnam, during ceremonies held at Camp Enari. USA Photo by 124th
He worked his way to the wounded men, darting, crawling and leaping. As he
carried another Wounded friend back to the perimeter, a second enemy bullet tore
into the Ivy medic.
He still managed to rescue the soldier.
For the third time he crawled toward his wounded friends. Enemy bullets
made the jungle foliage thicker, whizzing overhead, tearing the jungle floor
He was working his way toward another buddy, crawling in his blood stained
fatigues when a third enemy bullet slammed into him.
A few minutes later he was evacuated from the battle scene. He had fought
one battle with the enemy, and now he was to fight another for his life.
Specialist 5 Boris is going
home soon. His wife, Effie, will be waiting there.
He will be going home with a Distinguished Service Cross and a memory ó
of war and of friends and of Chaplain (Major) Melvin Haggin of San Diego, Calif.
"Whatever happens to me, happens because of Godís will."
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