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Medal received after 40 years.

Norman Carrio was listening to a tape from his mother when he heard the sound at about 3 p.m. on Nov. 15, 1967. An experienced combat medic serving with the U.S. Army 15th Engineer Company at Dak To Vietnam, Carrio knew it was incoming rockets.

North Vietnamese Army regulars were trying to knock out an ammunition dump with more than 1,000 tons of munitions less than 100 meters from the company perimeter. When the ammo dump was hit, the explosion shook the ground for miles, and for hours afterward munitions continued to explode.

A new company with only a few combat-experienced soldiers, the 15th stood its ground throughout the attack. The courage and tenacity of the soldiers resulted in the company being presented a Valorous Unit Award for actions at Dak To and Ben Het, South Vietnam.


On May 22, 2008, more than 40 years after an attack on the engineer company where Carrion served as a medic, he received a notice from the Army informing him he would receive the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device. The omission of the award was discovered during a review of Carrio's records. Less than a month later, on June 15, 2008, former South Vietnamese Maj. Gen. Mach Van Troung formally presented the award during a ceremony at the Hong Kong Mall in Houston, Texas.
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Title Annotation:Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Device for Vietnam War veteran Norman Carrio
Publication:DAV Magazine
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2009
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