Specialist Four Roger K Hollinger, SR.
Specialist Four Hollinger Sr., deceased, Prattsville, U.S. Army, Viet Nam. Awards include the Silver Star Medal with first Oak Leaf Cluster for Gallantry in Action, the Bronze Star Medal for exceptionally meritorious combat achievement, and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.
On 21 June 1969 Specialist Hollinger was awarded The Silver Star. The narrative for that award reads as follows:
For gallantry in action; Specialist Four Hollinger distinguished himself by heroic actions on 29th May 1969, while serving as a tank driver with Company A, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a sweep mission with several infantry units, The joint elements began to receive intense small alarm fire and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a large size enemy force. Immediately, Specialist Hollinger’s tank commander and loader were wounded. With complete disregard for his own safety, Specialist Hollinger stopped the tank, jumped out of the driver's compartment, and helped his wounded crew members to a safe location. Specialist Hollinger then returned to his vehicle and began placing devastating machine gun fire on the hostile positions. He continued to put out a heavy volume of fire until his wounded tank commander was replaced. Under a continuous hail of fire, Specialist Hollinger and the new tank commander maneuvered the tank towards the insurgents until the tank commander was wounded. Again Specialist Hollinger exposed himself to fire to help the wounded man through the dense enemy fire. While medical aid was given to the tank commander, Specialist Hollinger ran back through the bullet swept area to his vehicle and immediately began firing at the enemy force. His valorous actions were responsible for saving several lives. Specialist Hollinger’s bravery, aggressiveness, and devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
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