Grey Feathers: Led by Love of Country

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Daniel M. Dewald
Published Date: May 18, 2022
Pages: 230

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This is a story about the 4th Division, 3rd of the 12th Battalion operations in Vietnam from 1967 to 1970. It is based on operation reports, observations in the field, actual experiences and interviews, “Espirit” magazine, an Army publication, and military procedures.
Grey feather is a term from the tribes of Indians. It is awarded to each brave to insure all watch each other, are loyal to the tribe, and fight for the same causes. The values are the same. The Vietnam War was much like that, as men fought together for a common cause, and earned their grey feather from the battles and time they spent. Grey Feathers is the story of a combat platoon leader’s role and responsibilities in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam from 1967 to 1970. The story is derived from the countless after-action reports, personal observations and experiences, interviews, and 4th division magazine articles about this period of the Vietnam War. Battle scenes are described as accurately as possible, based on combat action reports. It is the intent of this book to describe the events and show how unselfish and brave the unit responded to overcome the overwhelming battle condition odds. It also shows the difficulties of decision-making under fire, whether by officer or enlisted man. The pressures of battle forced quick decisions and movements. Support units such as the helicopter gunships, F-4 Phantom pilots, supply transporters, armored vehicles, naval artillery, MedEvac helicopters, and field hospitals performed admirably and with distinction. All earned their Grey Feathers.

Daniel M. Dewald

Daniel M. DeWald was born in Fort Wayne,  Indiana.   He has received an M.B.A. in business from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, and a B.S. degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He had the rank of the first lieutenant and served as a combat platoon leader for the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, and 4th Infantry Division during the period of 1969 to 1970.  He earned several commendation medals for his activities.   He received the Bronze Star for Valor when he saved the company commander and four others under hostile fire conditions.  He also received a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism during a joint operation with the Army Republic of Vietnam.  He also received an Air medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and two overseas bars. His unit also received citations for service.  He currently resides in the Charleston, South Carolina area.


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