LT. RACCA'S SILVER STAR CITATION: The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William Racca (0-5346486), First Lieutenant (Infantry), U.S. Army (Reserve), for gallantry in action while involved in military operations involving conflict with a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. First Lieutenant Racca distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 9 April 1969 while serving as a platoon leader with Company B, 5th Battalion (Airmobile), 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, during a search and clear mission in Binh Long Province, Republic of Vietnam. When his unit became heavily engaged with a large force and sustained a casualty, First Lieutenant Racca exposed himself to the intense hostile fire as he moved forward and assisted in carrying the wounded soldier to a secure position. He then reorganized his platoon and maneuvered them forward. When the lead element was pinned down First Lieutenant Racca directed the fire of his men and successfully relieved the pressure on the element. Upon discovering that one soldier could not be withdrawn, First Lieutenant Racca rushed forward with his machine gunners and several riflemen and provided cover for the man's withdrawal. His gallant action was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, General Orders No. 5536 (1969) Home Town: Washington, D.C.