Meyerkord, Harold Dale, LT

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Last Primary Designator/NEC
110X-Unrestricted Line Officer - No Specialty Engagement
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1965, Naval Advisory Group Vietnam
Service Years
1960 - 1965
Lieutenant Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
St. Louis, MO
Last Address
St. Louis, MO

Casualty Date
Mar 16, 1965
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Ninh Thuan
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Friedens Cemetery - Bellafontaine, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
01E 096

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Lt. Harold Dale Meyerkord reported to the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam 13 July 1964.

He was Senior Naval Adviser to the South Vietnamese or RVN 23d River Assault Group, responsible for suppressing Vietcong terror in South Vietnam's "rice bowl;" the group probed the Delta waterways, engaging Vietcong guerrillas in operations in which Lieutenant Meyerkord distinguished himself for coolness, resourcefulness, and concern for his men.

While leading his assault group into Vietcong held territory 16 March 1965, Lieutenant Meyerkord's patrol was ambushed. Though wounded, he steadfastly returned the enemy-s fire until hit again, this time mortally. Lieutenant Meyerkord's heroism was recognized by posthumous award of the Navy Cross. He was also awarded the Air Medal for completing 20 low level aerial reconnaissance missions under enemy fire.

USS Meyerkord FF/ DE-1058 built at Todd Shipyard Corp., San Pedro, Calif. She was laid down 1 September 1966; launched 15 July 1967; sponsored by Mrs. Harold Dale Meyerkord and Mrs. Harold E. Meyerkord, widow and mother of Lieutenant Meyerkord. She was commissioned 28 November 1969 and Decommisoned 14 December 1991. 

Name of Award
Navy Cross
Year Awarded
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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Harold Dale Meyerkord (NSN: 0-639933), United States Naval Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while serving with the Naval Advisory Group, United States Military Assistance Command, Republic of Vietnam, and assigned as Naval Advisor to the River Force of the Vietnamese Navy. Directly involved in more than thirty combat operations against enemy aggressor forces, Lieutenant Meyerkord at all times served to inspire all who observed him by his superb leadership and cool courage while under enemy fire. On 30 November 1964, he was instrumental in turning defeat into victory when, under fire, he reconnoitered ahead of friendly forces and discovered that river craft could proceed no farther because of a Viet Cong canal block. He immediately proceeded to set up a shore command post, direct artillery fire, call for medical evacuation helicopters, and call for and direct air strikes. On 13 January 1965, he transferred from a command boat to a small boat, proceeded to a boat grounded in Viet Cong territory, administered first aid to the wounded, and returned to the command boat, all of which took place while he was exposed to constant enemy fire. On 24 January 1965, he assumed direction of a Vietnamese River Force flotilla when the Vietnamese Commander was wounded in an ambush. Later in the action, although wounded himself and facing heavy fire, he continued the fight for almost an hour, until victory was assured. In his final action, on 16 March 1965, Lieutenant Meyerkord lost his life while leading a river sortie into insurgent territory after he had again positioned himself in the leading boat in order to direct operations and set an example for the Vietnamese Naval personnel. Caught in a heavy ambush in which he was wounded by the first fusillade from the Viet Cong, he was reported to have returned their fire at pointblank range until he was again wounded, this time mortally. By his sustained leadership, initiative, and courage throughout these operations, Lieutenant Meyerkord contributed greatly to the United States effort in Vietnam and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. 

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Action Date: November 30, 1964, January 13, 24 & March 16, 1965
Service: Navy 
Rank: Lieutenant
Company: Advisor (Attached)
Battalion: Naval Advisory Group
Regiment: Vietnamese River Assault Group 23
Division: Military Assistance Command, Vietnam
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