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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 11/20/16 - by A Grateful Vietnam Veteran
    Gary Don Pagan
    Date of birth: 9-Sep-46
    Date of death: November 20, 1968
    Place of Birth: Texas, Big Spring
    Home of record: Ozona Texas
    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 Sergeant Gary Don Pagan (ASN: US-54387878), United States Army, for gallantry in action while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion (Airborne), 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action on 20 November 1968. Sergeant Pagan distinguished himself while participating in military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Pagan was serving as a squad leader on a reconnaissance in force mission near the city of Phan Thiet in Binh Thuan Province. As his platoon prepared to move early that morning, they were heavily engaged by an intense volume of automatic weapons fire from ten Viet Cong in the high ground to their rear. Racing under an intense volume of fire, Sergeant Pagan and one other man sought cover and an advantageous fighting position behind a small pile of rocks. When more enemy fire began to hit their position from behind and his comrade was seriously wounded, Sergeant Pagan courageously got up from behind his cover and placed an intense volume of return fire on the enemy causing them to flee. In the ensuing intense fighting, as he continued to provide cover for his wounded comrade by gallantly exposing himself, Sergeant Pagan was mortally wounded. Through his tremendous personal valor and at the sacrifice of his own life, Sergeant Pagan averted certain death for his fellow paratroopers and greatly inspired all of his men in repelling the violent enemy onslaught. The outstanding devotion to duty and tremendous courage displayed by Sergeant Pagan, in the face of extreme personal danger that cost him his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

    General Orders: Headquarters, 101st Airborne Division, General Orders No. 11274 (December 30, 1968)

    Action Date: 20-Nov-68

    Service: Army

    Rank: Sergeant

    Company: Company C

    Battalion: 3d Battalion (Airborne)

    Regiment: 506th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 101st Airborne Division
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/27/13 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SGT Gary Don Pagan, 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

    Posted on 8/30/13 - by David L Bentley
    We called you "Don". You were my best squad leader. You always did what I asked you to do and then some more. You helped your men deal with the day to day trials of war and never let them down.

    Thank you Don for your service and sacrifice.

    DL Bentley
    Platoon Leader
    2nd Platoon, Charlie Company 3/506-101st
  • We Remember

    Posted on 1/11/10 - by Robert Sage
    Gary is buried att Cedar Hills Cem, Ozona, TX. SS BSM ARCOM PH

    Posted on 12/12/06 - by Bill Nelson: Nam Vet 101st Airborne

    "If you are able, save for them a place inside of you....and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go.....Be not ashamed to say you loved them....
    Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own....And in that time when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind...."

    Quote from a letter home by Maj. Michael Davis O'Donnell
    KIA 24 March 1970. Distinguished Flying Cross: Shot down and Killed while attempting to rescue 8 fellow soldiers surrounded by attacking enemy forces.

    We Nam Brothers pause to give a backward glance, and post this remembrance to you , one of the gentle heroes and patriots lost to the War in Vietnam:

    Slip off that pack. Set it down by the crooked trail. Drop your steel pot alongside. Shed those magazine-ladened bandoliers away from your sweat-soaked shirt. Lay that silent weapon down and step out of the heat. Feel the soothing cool breeze right down to your soul ... and rest forever in the shade of our love, brother.

    From your Nam-Band-Of-Brothers
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