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David Charles Dolby
Born May 14, 1946 (1946-05-14) (age 63)
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Medal of Honor
Place of birth Norristown, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Rank Sergeant
Unit Company B, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Battles/wars Vietnam
Awards Medal of Honor

David Charles Dolby (born May 14, 1946 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) was a soldier in the United States Army who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on May 21, 1966 while serving with the 1st Cavalry Division during the Vietnam War.

Medal of Honor citation

Rank and organization. Sergeant (then Specialist Four), U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and date. Republic of Vietnam, May 21, 1966. Entered service at: Philadelphia, Pa. Born: May 14, 1946, Norristown, Pa. G.O. No.: 45, October 20, 1967.

Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, when his platoon, while advancing tactically, suddenly came under intense fire from the enemy located on a ridge immediately to the front. Six members of the platoon were killed instantly and a number were wounded, including the platoon leader. Sgt. Dolby's every move brought fire from the enemy. However, aware that the platoon leader was critically wounded, and that the platoon was in a precarious situation, Sgt. Dolby moved the wounded men to safety and deployed the remainder of the platoon to engage the enemy. Subsequently, his dying platoon leader ordered Sgt. Dolby to withdraw the forward elements to rejoin the platoon. Despite the continuing intense enemy fire and with utter disregard for his own safety, Sgt. Dolby positioned able-bodied men to cover the withdrawal of the forward elements, assisted the wounded to the new position, and he, alone, attacked enemy positions until his ammunition was expended. Replenishing his ammunition, he returned to the area of most intense action, single-handedly killed 3 enemy machine gunners and neutralized the enemy fire, thus enabling friendly elements on the flank to advance on the enemy redoubt. He defied the enemy fire to personally carry a seriously wounded soldier to safety where he could be treated and, returning to the forward area, he crawled through withering fire to within 50 meters of the enemy bunkers and threw smoke grenades to mark them for air strikes. Although repeatedly under fire at close range from enemy snipers and automatic weapons, Sgt. Dolby directed artillery fire on the enemy and succeeded in silencing several enemy weapons. He remained in his exposed location until his comrades had displaced to more secure positions. His actions of unsurpassed valor during 4 hours of intense combat were a source of inspiration to his entire company, contributed significantly to the success of the overall assault on the enemy position, and were directly responsible for saving the lives of a number of his fellow soldiers. Sgt. Dolby's heroism was in the highest tradition of the U.S. Army.[1]

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