For Heroism in Combat: Vargas, John A
For heroism while participating in aerial flight, Specialist Four, John A. Vargas, distinguished himself by heroic action on May 19, 1967, in the Republic of Vietnam.
Specialist Vargas was serving as a door gunner on the lead aircraft of two armed helicopters performing a screening mission for a ground force in the Ho Bo Woods. While on a low level reconnaissance, the lead gunship came under intense ground fire and sustained multiple hits. Specialist Vargas was seriously wounded in the right arm and shoulder. Although painfully wounded Specialist Vargas regained his gunner's seat and marked the enemy position with a smoke grenade.
Despite his wounds he assumed his position and continued firing from his post until he collapsed. Due to his devotion to duty and his outstanding personal bravery, the aircraft was able to escape further enemy fire, and another gunship was able to attack the enemy position which he had marked with smoke.
Specialist Vargas' heroic actions are in keeping with highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, the 25th Infantry Division, and the United States Army.
Awarded: The Distinguished Flying Cross. He was also awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in Combat.