Major George Quamo

George Quamo

Major George Quamo

Major George Quamo was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School Class 1-60, 17 December 1959. At the time he was Killed in Action, Major Quamo was serving with Command and Control (North), FOB 3 (Khe Sanh), 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, in the Republic of Vietnam. MAJ Quamo was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.

CITATION: For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, Major Quamo was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross. When the Lang Vei Special Forces Camp was overrun on 7 February 1968 by nine P79 Russian tanks and an estimated two battalions of North Vietnamese, Major Quamo immediately set about organizing a relief force, which, he moved to Old Lang Vei Camp where the wounded survivors had withdrawn. Upon arrival at Old Lang Vei, which by this time was under attack, Major Quamo personally supervised the loading and extraction of the Lang Vei survivors, constantly exposing himself to deadly accurate enemy mortar and small arms fire. When it became apparent that his relief force was surrounded with no hope of extraction from that location, Major Quamo immediately set about dividing his force in half while continually exposing himself to a tremendous volume of enemy fire to bring in friendly air strikes. Under the firm hand and cool courage of Major Quamo, half of the group delivered such a withering and intense volume of fire that the enemy was unable to prevent the breakout. When the breakouts force became pinned down en route to the landing zone, Major Quamo personally maneuvered his group against the superior enemy force, driving them from their positions, allowing his personnel to reach the landing zone. Major Quamo personally supervised the extraction of his men while constantly exposing himself to enemy fire from all sides to call in friendly air strikes. He was the last person to leave the landing zone. Major Quamo's intense dedication to his men, his coolness in battle, and his extraordinary courage are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

His military awards and decorations include: Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.

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