Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Company A, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade,
Date of Action: October 5, 1965


The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Dixon G. Arment, Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 5 October 1965, Specialist Arment was accompanying his unit, Company A, 1st Battalion, 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade, on a search and destroy mission in the vicinity of Bien Hoa, Republic of Vietnam. The battalion soon came under a heavy insurgent attack and Specialist Arment's platoon was given the mission of making a flanking assault to destroy several hostile machine gun emplacements which were directing extremely accurate fire into the battalion positions. As the platoon maneuvered forward, it was subjected to a deadly hail of Viet Cong automatic weapons fire which split the friendly force into two separate groups. As the battle raged on, Specialist Arment's small group fought to within close range of the insurgent trenches and observed that a contingent of Viet Cong reinforcements were moving into the area. With complete disregard for his own personal safety, Specialist Arment quickly charged into the midst of the advancing hostile force, despite a murderous barrage of grenades and automatic weapons fire which immediately engulfed him, and continued to move forward to within inches of the insurgent machine guns, killing seven insurgents and completely disrupting the Viet Cong's reinforcement attempt. Notwithstanding the fact that he was wounded by a burst of hostile fire which hit him in the face, Specialist Arment continued to place devastating fire upon the insurgents until he was ordered to the rear for medical treatment. Despite painful wounds, he returned again and again to the battle area, carrying ammunition and aiding the evacuation of wounded personnel. Specialist Arment's extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

HQ US Army, Pacific, General Orders No. 45 (February 28, 1966)


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