SP4 George A. Ingalls*
Medal of Honor Citation
Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, Company A, 2d Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)Place and date: Near Duc Pho, Republic of Vietnam, 16 April 1967
Entered service at: Los Angeles, California
Born: 9 March 1946, Hanford, California
Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. SPC4 Ingalls, a member of Company A, accompanied his squad on a night ambush mission. Shortly after the ambush was established, an enemy Soldier entered the killing zone and was shot when he tried to evade capture. Other enemy Soldiers were expected to enter the area, and the ambush was maintained in the same location. Two quiet hours passed without incident, then suddenly a hand grenade was thrown from the nearby dense undergrowth into the center of the squad’s position. The grenade did not explode, but shortly thereafter a second grenade landed directly between SPC4 Ingalls and a nearby comrade. Although he could have jumped to a safe position, SPC4 Ingalls, in a spontaneous act of great courage, threw himself on the grenade and absorbed its full blast. The explosion mortally wounded SPC4 Ingalls, but his heroic action saved the lives of the remaining members of his squad. His gallantry and selfless devotion to his comrades are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon SPC4 Ingalls, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
SP4 Ingall’s mother, Mrs. Maud M. Ingalls, received the Medal of Honor on her son’s behalf from Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor in a ceremony conducted at the Pentagon on 30 January 1969. SP4 Ingalls is buried in Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Memorial Park in Riverside, California.
The Medal of Honor
Description: A gold five pointed star, each point tipped with trefoils, 1½ inches wide, surrounded by a green laurel wreath and suspended from a gold bar inscribed “VALOR”, surmounted by an eagle. In the center of the star, Minerva’s head surrounded by the words “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” On each ray of the star is a green oak leaf. On the reverse is a bar engraved “THE CONGRESS TO” with a space for engraving the name of the recipient.
Congressional Medal of Honor Society web page: http://www.cmohs.org/
History of the Medal of Honor: http://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/history.html
Medal of Honor – The History (A Vimeo Video Documentary Rivr Digital): https://vimeo.com/100896594