Arrington, Darrell L.

Darrell Lee Arrington was born on 7 October 1947 in Marshall County, AL. He entered the service from Fort Payne, AL on 22 August 1967. PVT Arrington conducted his basic training at Fort Benning, GA and followed this up with Advanced Individual Training as a light weapons infantryman. PFC Arrington was then assigned to Company A, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division in the central highlands of Vietnam. By December 1968 he had achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and was assigned as a squad leader. On 1 March 1969, Sergeant Arrington’s unit was conducting an assault against a well-entrenched enemy force on Hill 729, Dak To, Central Highlands, Vietnam. While moving with his squad toward the southern end of the hill, one of his men tripped a booby trap which injured Sergeant Arrington and two other men. Refusing medical treatment, he helped to treat and move the other two men to safety, and then moved his squad further down the hill to continue fighting. On returning to the top of the hill, Sergeant Arrington came upon an active enemy bunker. Again, with regard for his personal safety, Sergeant Arrington maneuvered close to the bunker and destroyed its occupants with several grenades. Staff Sergeant Arrington’s exceptional courage, outstanding performance, and exemplary devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. For this gallantry in action, Staff Sergeant Arrington was awarded the nation’s third highest valor awarded, the Silver Star Medal. His wounds received during this action also earned him the Purple Heart Medal.