1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
B-1/22 REGULAR RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR HEROISM, AFTER 45 YEARS
John Anthony Yeso proudly
displays the belated Army Commendation Medal (ARCOM) with combat
and one oak leaf cluster.
He was awarded the ARCOM for
heroism in connection with operations against an armed hostile
force in the Republic of Vietnam,
on May 5, 1968. However, he had never received it. After exhaustive efforts were made by one of our B-Company brothers
to secure the award, he finally received the citation on October 17, 2013.
The Army Commendation Medal
(ARCOM) is awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the
United States who,
while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself or herself by heroism, meritorious achievement or
The Oak Leaf Cluster represents
the first award of the ARCOM to Mr. Yeso, for meritorious
achievement in connection
with combat operations. The "V" ("V" Device) is worn solely to denote "participation in individual acts of heroism
involving conflict with an armed enemy, and represents his second award of the medal.
The Army wished to present the
medal to John in a ceremony, in his home town of Pittsburgh, but
in the spirit
of true humility, John declined any public adoration, and quietly received the award directly from the
Army Awards Branch.
The Army Commendation Medal with V device and Oak Leaf Cluster
Page prepared under the direction of Fred Golladay
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