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is honored on Panel 27E, Line 84 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • I'm proud of our Vietnam Veterans

    Posted on 8/8/17 - by Dennis Wriston
    First Lieutenant Rory Antonio Madden, Served with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division.
  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 10/10/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Rory Antonio Madden
    Date of birth: August 8, 1942
    Date of death: October 10, 1967
    Home of record: Kingstown Oklahoma
    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 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant (Infantry) Rory Antonio Madden (ASN: 0-5329224), United States Army (Reserve), for gallantry in action while engaged in close combat against an armed hostile force while serving with Company C, 2d Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Madden distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 9 October 1967, while serving as the Platoon Leader of a Reconnaissance Platoon on a combat operation in the jungles of Vietnam. As the unit moved through an area of thick vegetation, it suddenly came under an intense volume of automatic and semi-automatic weapons fire from a well-concealed Viet Cong force estimated to be of company size. Seeing two of his men fall wounded in the initial burst of enemy fire, Lieutenant Madden immediately rushed forward to the soldiers in an effort to move them back to a covered position. Although exposing himself to a torrent of enemy fire, Lieutenant Madden bravely advanced forward, pouring a devastating volume of fire on the insurgents. As he neared the position of the two wounded soldiers, Lieutenant Madden was struck by a burst of enemy automatic weapons fire and critically wounded. He was quickly evacuated to a medical facility where he succumbed to his wounds. Lieutenant Madden's unwavering dedication to the safety of his men and his extreme courage were an inspiration to all those with whom he served and contributed significantly to the overwhelming defeat of the enemy force. First Lieutenant Madden's extraordinary heroism while engaged in close combat against a numerically superior Viet Cong force was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 9th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.

    Action Date: October 9, 1967

    Service: Army

    Rank: First Lieutenant

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 2d Battalion

    Regiment: 39th Infantry

    Division: 9th Infantry Division
  • Hi

    Posted on 12/17/15
    Just stopped in to say hi. And to point out that Navy beat Army for the 14th year in a row. Sorry dad, Go Navy!
  • Thinking of you

    Posted on 5/1/14 - by Joe Madden
    Just thinking of you dad. Miss you.
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/9/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear 1LT Rory Antonio Madden, 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
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