On June 19, 1967, he received the Silver Star for Gallantry in action while serving with Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division in the Republic of Vietnam. After learning that two of his unit’s helicopters had been shot down and ground forces were critically low on ammunition he loaded a helicopter with a re-supply of ammunition and braved a murderous barrage of enemy fire to land and unload the supplies. He then hovered his aircraft along the front line and extracted seriously wounded men until his aircraft could not possibly hold any more men. This action saved the lives of many of the engaged ground forces and the two downed aircrews. Sid was also awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and two awards of the Air Medal with Valor during his service in Vietnam.
SILVER STAR MEDAL, Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Medal with Valor (2 awards)
in the Madison County, Alabama Courthouse.
On January 20th 1970, while serving with the First Marine Division in the Republic of
Vietnam, Staff Sergeant Thomas W. Dunn coordinated a joint unit operation of US Marines
and South Koreans in the search of a tunnel complex that was reported to be occupied by
Viet Cong cadre. Upon locating the enemy tunnel site he observed an enemy solider
entering a cave. He fearlessly approached the cave entrance and demanded the soldier’s
surrender. Three enemy soldiers emerged from the cave and were captured by Staff
Sergeant Dunn. Unwilling to risk the lives of his comrades, Staff Sergeant Dunn then
entered the cave alone to search for additional enemy forces. In his search he located vast
quantities of enemy grenades and ammunition, all of which were destroyed by allied
forces. SSGT Dunn, 3rd CIT, continued to distinguish himself by his exemplary
performance of duty which was instrumental in the apprehension of several important
members of the Viet Cong Infrastructure, the
destruction of two major Viet Cong headquarters, and the neutralization of enemy attempts
to control the local populace.
For his heroic actions Thomas W. Dunn was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Valor.