Tilley, Don A.

Don Allen Tilley was born on 12 May 1946 and entered service from Knoxville, Tennessee in 1967. Private Tilley trained as a mortar man at Fort Benning, Georgia. In 1968, Specialist Tilley was assigned to the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. On 13 October 1968, Specialist Tilley was serving as a gunner in the mortar platoon of Company B, 2nd Battalion (Mechanized), 2nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, at a night defensive position southeast of Lai Khe near the village of Tam Binh. At approximately 0100 hours, the friendly position was subjected to intense rocket, mortar and automatic weapons fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Specialist Tilley immediately rushed through the hail of incoming rounds to his mortar emplacement and began preparaing mortar rounds for firing on the enemy. As soon as he received firing data, he initiated effective counterfire on the insurgent positions. Specialist Tilley continued his accurate fire despite the constant hazard of hostile fire, until he was seriously wounded and had to be medically evacuated. For his bravery in this action, Specialist Four Don Tilley was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device. Later in the year, Specialist Five Tilley was serving as the mortar track vehicle commander with his mechanized infantry company. His company was on a battalion-minus cordon, search and raod sweeping operation north of An Loc. As the lead element proceeded into the treacherous area, it was suddenly subjected to intense automatic weapons, small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a North Vietnamese battalion. With complete desregard for his personal safety, Specialist Tilley braved the hail of hostile fire as he moved his armored vehicle into position and directed suppressive mortar fire on the enemy. He continued to ignore the insurgent barrage raking the area as he put forth devastating fire which stopped the aggressors advance. His courageous initiative and bold actions contributed to the successful outcome o fthe encounter. For his bravery in this action, Specialist Tilley was again awarded the Army Commendation Medal with "V" device.

He most recently worked with ERC Corporation as a weapon technician working on Redstone . Don Allen Tilley, 60, of Madison, Alabama, died Thursday, 1 March 2007, at Huntsville Hospital.