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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 11/24/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Alfred Hightower , Jr.
    Date of birth: February 1, 1948
    Date of death: November 24, 1968
    Place of Birth: North Carolina, Haywood County
    Home of record: Waynesville North Carolina
    Status: KIA


    Silver Star

    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Fourth Class Alfred Hightower, Jr. (ASN: US-53528206), United States Army, for gallantry in action involving close combat against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Specialist Fourth Class Hightower distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 24 November 1968 while serving as a Machine gunner with Company A, 2d Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, on a reconnaissance in force mission near Tan Tru. After his platoon came under intense hostile fire, immediately sustaining two casualties in the point element. Specialist Hightower courageously ran across an open rice paddy and located his machine gun in a position from which he placed effective fire against the enemy emplacements. While he was engaging one of the bunkers, enabling his wounded comrades to receive aid, Specialist Hightower was mortally wounded by fire from a well-concealed emplacement on his right flank. Specialist Fourth Class Hightower's extraordinary heroism in close combat against an armed hostile force was in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 52 (January 2, 1969)

    Action Date: November 24, 1968

    Service: Army

    Rank: Specialist Fourth Class

    Company: Company A

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 60th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 9th Infantry Division
  • Thank You

    Posted on 11/24/14 - by A Grateful Vietnam Vet
    Thank you Spec. 4 Hightower for your leadership and courage.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 11/1/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SP4 Alfred Hightower Jr, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 2/24/13

    Rest in peace with the warriors.

  • We Remember

    Posted on 12/16/10 - by Robert Sage
    Alfred is buried at Gwyn Cemetery, Canton,OH. SS BSM PH
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