The President of the United States, takes pride in presenting the


for service as set forth in the following:


For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Right Guide with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Republic of Vietnam on 3 February 1968. Upon the discovery of a large cave complex, at Phu Son (2), Sergeant Lunsford volunteered to accompany a reactionary force to destroy the tunnels. Locating several camouflaged underwater entrances to the cave, he placed a Marine near each of them to prevent the Viet Cong's escape. Unable to use explosives because of the necessity of obtaining prisoners, he supervised sthe excavation of an underground enterance. Unpon completing the new enterance, he threw a tear gas grenade into the opening, routing three Viet Cong who broke from the cave throwing grenades and were killed. Armed only with a pistol and a flashlight, he entered the tunnel and moved along a narrow passageway until he discovered a large room. Observing two Viet Cong trying to escape through an underwater passageway, he killed one and captured the other. Interrogation of the prisoner revealed that there were numerous enemy soldiers still in the cave complex. Realizing that the enemy was aware of the tunnel being searched and confined in a small area, Sergeant Lunsford nevertheless reentered the tunnel. As he neared a sharp bend in the tunnel, a Viet Cong, who was concealed around a corner, tossed a grenade which wounded him in both legs. Although painfully wounded, Sergeant Lunsford lunged forward and captured the Viet Cong as he attempted to escape. After bringing his prisoner to the top, he fearlessly reentered the tunnel with several comrades and searched the numerous small rooms and tunnels. His diligent efforts resulted in the capture of several weapons, supplies, and valuable intelligence information. Sergeant Lunsford reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditons of the United States Naval Service.

For the President,

Secretary of the Navy

* Note

A few short days after he was recommeded for the Navy Cross Award, Sergeant Lunsford was Killed In Action by small-arms fire on 6 February 1968.