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    At 0200 hours, 7 February 1965, Specialist Fifth Class Jesse A.Pyle was on duty manning?

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    Roll #1 McNamara arrives Natrang Inspect base talks with officers, attends briefing.. Leaves briefing gets in car, drives away.

    Roll #2 Pool Film Visits hospital, pins purple heart on two people General shots of more inspection areas.

    Roll #3 Inspect Junk fleet, walking greeting officers, passes honour guard, boards junk and inspect.

    Roll #4 Junk Fleet leaving by chopper, aerials of what he sees, arriving at camrahn Bay, driving convoy shots, inspecting new camp sites, quarry area and close ups McNamara.

    Roll #5 Arriving Pleiku and dedication of Jesse Pyle memorial


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    Background: At 0200 hours, 7 February 1965, Specialist Fifth Class Jesse A.Pyle was on duty manning the listening post located at the Northwest gate of the MASV Compound, Advisory Team 21, Headquarters II Corps Advisory Detachment, Pleiku.This was a moonless night with no visibility.An estimated platoon of hard core, well trained Viet Cong slipped through the outer barbed wire fences and had crept up to the North gate of the compound.Specialist Pyle heard noises, and with complete disregard for his own personal safety, voluntarily proceeded toward the North gate to investigate.Upon discovering that the compound defenses had been penetrated, Specialist Pyle single handedly engaged the enemy.Upon discovery and engagement, the Viet Cong were forced to prematurely launch their attack.The North gate was completely blown out of its frame in the wall, which provided the Viet Cong an opening into the main compound.Specialist Pyle's engagement of the VC denied them this entry.Specialist Pyle's carbine was destroyed in the engagement and he resorted to engaging the enemy armed only with a pistol.Other members of the Viet Cong unit who were not engaged with Specialist Pyle proceeded to throw satchel charges on and into the living quarters of the sleeping American advisors.The explosions and fire awakened all members of the compound who immediately responded to the defense of the compound.Later, while receiving medical treatment, Specialist Pyle died as a result of head wounds sustained during action.Had Specialist Pyle not moved to the enemy and single handedly engaged them, the entire Viet Cong assassination unit would have gained entry into the sleeping area of approximately 150 Americans.Specialist Pyle's heroic act resulted in alerting the entire compound and saving an unknown number of American lives.

    The award of the Silver Star was posthumously awarded to Specialist Pyle and subsequently presented to his wife, Mrs.Jesse A.Pyle by Brigadier General Frank L.Gunn, Port Ord Deputy Commanding General.

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