The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, SP4 Moses Leon Poindexter, who died in the service of his country on May 22nd, 1967 in Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Moses was 20 years of age. He was from Danville, Virginia. Moses is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 20E, Line 86.
The decorations earned by SP4 Moses Leon Poindexter include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.
(From the May 30 1967 Danville, VA Register)
The funeral for Specialist 4 Moses L Poindexter will be held Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church on Washington St. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memory Garden.
Bronze Star with V Citation:
For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 6 March 1967. On that date PFC Poindexter was serving as a grenadier for the third platoon of Company B, 1st Battalion, 35th Infantry, which was conducting a search and destroy operation near the village of Hoa Tan when the unit was brought under fire by a sizeable North Vietnamese force. The third platoon was ordered to move up on the right side of the village to prevent anyone from escaping. As they approached the village they were suddenly taken under heavy automatic weapons fire and were immediately pinned down. The enemy was located in well-concealed and constructed bunkers. Realizing the criticalness of the situation, PFC Poindexter exposed himself continuously to the hostile fire with complete disregard for his own personal safety in order to eliminate the three bunkers and kill the remaining enemy. As a result of this courageous act, the platoon was able to maneuver to a more favorable position from which they could aggressively engage the enemy. PFC Poindexter's heroic actions and personal courage in the face of the enemy were an inspiration to all of the men in his platoon. PFC Poindexter's outstanding display of aggressiveness, devotion to duty, and personal bravery is in keeping with the highest standards of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the Armed Forces of the United States.