Donald W. Evans, Jr.

Donald W. Evans, Jr.

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Donald Ward Evans, Jr. (July 23, 1943–January 27, 1967) was a United States Army soldier and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.

Biography

Evans joined the Army from his birth city of Covina, California, and by January 27, 1967 was serving as a specialist four in Company A, 2d Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. During a firefight on that day, in Tri Tam, Republic of Vietnam, Evans repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in order to treat and evacuate wounded soldiers, even after being seriously wounded himself. He was killed during the battle and posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. He was also awarded the Purple Heart. The United States Army hospital at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs,Colorado is named in his honor as Evans Army Community Hospital.

Evans who was age 23 at his death, was buried in Oakdale Memorial Park located in Glendora,California.

Medal of Honor citation

Specialist Evans' official Medal of Honor citation reads:<blockquote>For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. He left his position of relative safety with his platoon which had not yet been committed to the battle to answer the calls for medical aid from the wounded men of another platoon...
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