Vintage Medals And Their Owners


Richard Allen Penry (1948 – 1994) was a US Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Penry Company C distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman during a night ambush mission. As the platoon was preparing the ambush position it suddenly came under an intense enemy attack from mortar rocket and automatic weapons fire which seriously wounded the company commander and most of the platoon members leaving small isolated groups of wounded men throughout the area. Sgt. Penry seeing the extreme seriousness of the situation worked his way through the deadly enemy fire to the company command post where he administered first aid to the wounded company commander and other personnel. He then moved the command post to a position which provided greater protection and visual communication and control of other platoon elements.