Pvt. 1st. Class Jack L. KING,
Submitted by Tom Carey, M. D.
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack L. King, Private First Class, U.S. Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Battery B, 2d Battalion, 35th Artillery Regiment, 54th Field Artillery Group. Private First Class King distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions during an attack on the American base camp at Xuan Loc, on 18 May 1969. Shortly after the compound came under intense mortar and rocket attack, the commander of an adjacent battery unit came to Private King's unit and requested volunteers to help evacuate wounded personnel a the other end of the compound. Without hesitation, Private King proceeded to the sector under heaviest attack and helped to transport injured personnel to the safety of a centrally located aid station. He then returned to his assigned sector which was under fire from hostile forces who had penetrated the perimeter, and attempted to aid a wounded vehicle driver. While in this attempt he was struck in the shoulder by small arms fire, but continued his effort to return the casualty to safety. Private First Class King's gallantry in action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2849 (July 25, 1969)