Delbert Owen Jennings Command Sergeant Major USA - COURAGE SAVES LIVES
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Cmd. Sgt. Mjr. Delbert Jennings, MOH US Army
BY DUANE A. VACHON, PH.D. Delbert Owen Jennings was born in Silver City, New Mexico. Moving to California with his family, Jennings was raised in Stockton where he graduated from Stockton High School.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1956, then came home and said, "I joined the paratroopers today," his mother, Etta Jennings, recalled.
He joined the Army in San Francisco. Ten years later in late December 1966 he was serving as a Staff Sergeant in Company C, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Division. On December 27, 1966, in the Kim Song Valley in the Republic of Vietnam, Jennings' unit came under heavy enemy attack.
Jennings, then 30, was attempting once again to read a book he'd been carrying for some time. But the book was soon forgotten when the 1st Cavalry Division was attacked by a regiment of the North Vietnam Army. Springing into action, Jennings slowed the enemy with machine gunfire, and then ha
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