PASCAL C POOLAW SR
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 43 OF THE WALL

PASCAL CLEATUS SR POOLAW

WALL NAME

PASCAL C POOLAW SR

PANEL / LINE

29E/43

DATE OF BIRTH

01/29/1922

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/07/1967

HOME OF RECORD

APACHE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Caddo County

STATE

OK

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

FSGT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PASCAL CLEATUS SR POOLAW
POSTED ON 11.7.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation (4th Award) Vietnam War

Pascal Cleatus Poolaw

Serving in THREE Wars, Staff Sergeant Poolaw earned four Silver Stars, one in World War II, a second and third in Korea, and a fourth in Vietnam, where he was Killed in Action.

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Vietnam War
Service: Army
Rank: First Sergeant
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Division: 1st Infantry Division
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 8380 (November 20, 1967)
CITATION:
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 a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Sergeant Pascal Cleatus Poolaw (ASN: 18131087), United States Army, for gallantry in action against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 November 1967, while serving with Company C, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. On this date, during Operation SHENANDOAH II, First Sergeant Poolaw was accompanying his unit on a two-company search and destroy mission near Loc Ninh. As the patrol was moving through a rubber plantation, they were subjected to sniper fire. Within minutes, the area was raked with intensive claymore mine, rocket, small arms, and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior Viet Cong force. First Sergeant Poolaw unhesitatingly ran to the lead squad which was receiving the brunt of the enemy fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he exposed himself to assist in deploying the men and establishing an effective base of fire. Although wounded, he continued to move about the area encouraging his men and pulling casualties to cover. He was assisting a wounded man to safety when he was mortally wounded by Viet Cong fire. His dynamic leadership and exemplary courage contributed significantly to the successful deployment of the lead squad and undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. First Sergeant Poolaw's unquestionable valor in close combat against numerically superior hostile forces is in keeping with the finest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation (3rd Award) Korean War

Pascal Cleatus Poolaw

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Korean War
Service: Army
Rank: Master Sergeant
Division: 25th Infantry Division
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 306 (May 29, 1951)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star to Master Sergeant Pascal Cleatus Poolaw (ASN: 18131087), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On 4 April 1951 near Chongong-ni, Korea, while attacking strong hostile positions, one squad of Master Sergeant Poolaw's platoon was immobilized by a devastating automatic weapons and mortar barrage. Exposing himself to the deadly fire, he slowly advanced across open terrain, firing his rifle as he progressed. By deliberately diverting the attention of the foe to himself, he enabled his men to maneuver to more advantageous positions. Master Sergeant Poolaw's valorous actions were instrumental in the fulfillment of the unit mission and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the American Soldier.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation (2nd Award) Korean War

Pascal Cleatus Poolaw

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Korean War
Service: Army
Rank: Sergeant First Class
Division: 25th Infantry Division
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, 25th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 413 (November 25, 1950)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Sergeant First Class Pascal Cleatus Poolaw (ASN: 18131087), United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 27th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. On 19 September 1950 when the company attack on an enemy position was halted by stiff enemy resistance, Sergeant First Class Poolaw volunteered to lead his squad in an assault. Courageously leading his men in a charge up the slope to penetrate the enemy perimeter and engage the numerically superior enemy in fierce hand-to-hand combat, Sergeant First Class Poolaw inspired his men to hold their position until the remainder of the company was able to seize the objective. Sergeant First Class Poolaw's outstanding leadership reflects great credit upon himself and is in keeping with the highest traditions of the American Soldier.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2018
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Citation (WWII)

Pascal Cleatus Poolaw

Silver Star
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING World War II
Service: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Division: 4th Infantry Division
GENERAL ORDERS:
Headquarters, 4th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 6 (1946)
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Staff Sergeant Pascal Cleatus Poolaw (ASN: 18131087), United States Army, for gallantry in action against the enemy while serving with Company M, 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, near Recogne, Belgium, on 8 September 1944. While attacking in support of a rifle company, Sergeant Poolaw displaced his machine gun squad forward across an open field under heavy mortar and small arms fire in such a manner as to effect a minimum number of casualties among his squad. After reaching his new position, Sergeant Poolaw saw the enemy advance in a strong counterattack. Standing unflinchingly in the face of withering machine gun fire for five minutes, he hurled hand grenades until the enemy force sustained numerous casualties and was dispersed. Due to Sergeant Poolaw's actions, many of his comrades' lives were saved and the company was able to continue the attack and capture strongly defended enemy positions. Sergeant Poolaw's display of courage, aggressive spirit and complete disregard for personal safety are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service.
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POSTED ON 11.7.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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