SGT Gary B. Beikirch

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty

Sergeant Gary B. Beikirch, United States Army, Medical Aidman, Detachment B-24, Company B, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, while serving in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam, distinguished himself during the defense of Camp Dak Seang on April 1, 1970. On that date, the allied defenders suffered a number of casualties as a result of an intense, devastating attack launched by the enemy from well-concealed positions surrounding the camp. Sergeant Beikirch, with complete disregard for his personal safety, moved unhesitatingly through the withering enemy fire to his fallen comrades, applied first aid to their wounds and assisted them to the medical aid station. When informed that a seriously injured American officer was lying in an exposed position, Sergeant Beikirch ran immediately through the hail of fire. Although he was wounded seriously by fragments from an exploding enemy mortar shell, Sergeant Beikirch carried the officer to a medical aid station. Ignoring his own serious injuries, Sergeant Beikirch left the relative safety of the medical bunker to search for and evacuate other men who had been injured. He was again wounded as he dragged a critically injured Vietnamese soldier to the medical bunker while simultaneously applying mouthto-mouth resuscitation to sustain his life. Sergeant Beikirch again refused treatment and continued his search for other casualties until he collapsed. Only then did he permit himself to be treated. Sergeant Beikirch's conspicuous gallantry in action, his complete devotion to the welfare of his comrades, and his intrepidity at the risk of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

Location of Medal of Honor event: Kontum Province, Vietnam

Born: 1947, Rochester, NY

Entered Service: Buffalo, NY

Unit: 5th SFG, Detachment B-24

MoH Event

Date of Action: 1 April 1970

Date of Issue: 15 October 1973

DA GO 1973-37: 5 November 1973

Conflict: Vietnam War

Location: Kontum Province, Vietnam

Military Service

» PEBD Army: 31 August 1967

» BCT and Lt Wpns Inf AIT, Ft Dix, NJ; Abn School, Ft Benning, GA, PV1 to PV2, 1967–1968

» Grad SFQC, Ft Bragg, NC, PV2 to PFC, 1968

» Medical Field Service School, Ft Sam Houston, TX, PFC to SP4, 1968

» Med Spec, B Co, 3rd SFG, Ft Bragg, NC, SP4, 1969

» Med Spec, B Co, 5th SFG, RVN, SP4 to SGT, 1969–1970

» Patient, Valley Forge General Hospital, Phoenixville, PA, SGT, 1970

» Prev Med Spec, HHC 10th SFC, Ft Devens, MA, SGT, 1970–1971

» Retirement, 31 August 1971