Bio: Paulson, Jerry – Spec. 5 (Bronze Star – 1968)


Surnames: Paulson

---------Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 29 Feb1968

Spec. 5 Jerry Paulson, who lived here with Father Richard Hewetson while attending the last two years of high school, has been decorated with the Bronze Star medal for heroism in Vietnam. The incident occurred last fall when his unit came under attack by a company of North Vietnamese. The citation read: "Specialist Paulson immediately rushed to his battle position and quickly began loading his tank's weapons. His energetic efforts contributed greatly to the repulsion of attackers in his sector. When his tank moved to assist a disabled tank in another sector, he continued his aggressive resistance to the enemy. On finding that the vehicle's machine guns were ineffective against the enemy because of their close proximity, he left the relatives safety of his tank to bring accurate fire against them with his submachine gun. His actions prevented the enemy from throwing explosive charges against the tank and accounted for a large number of enemy casualties. Throughout the battle he offered constant encouragement to his comrades and reassured the wounded. His actions were significant in the successful repulsion of the enemy assault."

He has completed his year of duty in Vietnam and currently is reassigned to duty in Alaska, after having enjoyed a furlough with relatives at International Falls, Minnesota.



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