Scott, Donald W.

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Donald W. Scott (MCSN: 1539245), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 September 1966. As the company approached the village of Gia Binh, the point was taken under attack and sustained many casualties; the platoon commander was killed. After surveying the situation, Sergeant Scott reacted quickly and alertly and without regard for his own personal safety as he moved forward to aid the fallen men. Subjected to intense fire from enemy automatic small-arms directed upon the wounded men, Sergeant Scott, on six separate occasions, courageously worked his way up through the hail of enemy fire and retrieved his dead and wounded comrades. When he himself was painfully wounded, he refused medical attention and went back to retrieve the last of his dead men. On his last trip into the village he was again wounded, but continued on beyond the point required by duty and succeeded in recovering the body of a fellow Marine. Through his daring and courageous actions in the face of almost certain death, and while seriously wounded, Sergeant Scott personally saved the lives of three Marines, and recovered the bodies of three of his fallen comrades. By his daring initiative, valiant fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Scott reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.