Distinguished Service Cross Recipient

Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Army 1
Captain 1
21 Jul 1944 1
Minden, Louisiana 1
18 May 1969 1
Long Khanh, Vietnam 1

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Full Name:
Allen Ross Culpepper 1
21 Jul 1944 1
Minden, Louisiana 1
Male 1
18 May 1969 1
Long Khanh, Vietnam 1
Cause: Killed In Action 1
Burial Date: 1968 1
Burial Place: Allegany Cemetery, Allegany, New York 1
Mother: Marjorie E. Stephens 1
Father: Steve C. Culpepper 1
Nancy W. Culpepper 2
June 1966 1
Allegany, New York 1

Vietnam War 1

Army 1
Captain 1
Service Start Date:
05 Jun 1966 1
Service End Date:
18 May 1969 1
Service Number:
OF107619 1
Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart 1
5 Jun 1966 1
Major Command:
II Field Force, Vietnam 1
1193: Field Artillery Unit Commander 1
Tour Start:
24 Sep 1968 1
Battery "C", 7th Battalion, 9th Artillery Regiment, 54th Artillery Group 1
Captain, United States Army 1
Methodist 1
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 1
Institution: Minden High School 1
Place: Minden, Louisiana 1
From: 1958 1
To: 1962 1
Institution: United States Military Academy 1
Place: West Point, New York 1
From: 1962 1
To: 1966 1
Battle Honors (Vietnam):
Tet 69/Counteroffensive: 23 February - 8 June 1969 1
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase V: 1 July - 1 November 1968 1
Vietnam Counteroffensive, Phase VI: 2 November 1968 - 22 February 1969 1
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 39 1
Panel: 24W 1
Military Awards:
Air Medal: Meritorious Achievement 1
Army Commendation Medal: Meritorious Achievement 1
Bronze Star Medal: Meritorious Achievement 1
Distinguished Service Cross: 18 May 1969 1
National Defense Service Medal: 1 January 1961 - 14 August 1974 1
Purple Heart: 18 May 1969 1
RVN Campaign Service Medal: "1960-" device 1
RVN Civil Actions Unit Citation w/ Palm: 3 November 1966 - 31 March 1970 1
RVN Gallantry Cross Unit Citation w/ Palm: 8 February 1962 - 28 March 1973 1
Vietnam Service Medal: 3 Battle Stars 1

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Distinguished Service Cross Citation

Long Khanh, Vietnam

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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Field Artillery) Allen Ross Culpepper, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Battery C, 7th Battalion, 9th Artillery, 54th Field Artillery Group. Captain Culpepper distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 18 May 1969 while serving as commander of a 105 millimeter howitzer battery. Soon after midnight a Viet Cong force launched a mortar and rocket attack, followed by a ground assault on the perimeter. Without hesitation, Captain Culpepper moved through the battery area to organize his troops. He quickly deployed a reaction force and directed the retaliatory fusillade of his men. When one of the howitzer emplacements was struck by rocket-propelled grenade fire wounding the section members, Captain Culpepper immediately proceeded to the damaged gun section to assist in removing the casualties. As he left his vehicle and heroically ran through the hostile barrage toward a wounded soldier, he was fatally wounded by enemy fire. Captain Culpepper's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.

Headquarters, U.S. Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 2949 (August 4, 1969)


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