William G. Pfeifle ’66


William G. Pfeifle

William G. Pfeifle
Class of 1966
2nd Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, USARV

Bronze Star w/Valor for heroism in ground combat, during the Tet offensive, when the battalion Tactical Command Post (TACCP) came under enemy mortar and ground attack. As the OIC of the makeshift TACCP, configured in the open on the bed of a MULE, 1LT Pfeifle remained unprotected, as supporting infantrymen dove for cover, and coordinated the actions of the battalion. Without any regard for his own safety, he located the flashes from the enemy mortars and directed counterbattery fire. Then, under a poncho to neutralize light from the radio console, 1LT Pfeifle radioed counterbattery fire to the battalion mortar section, coordinated the evacuation of wounded and maintained battalion-level command and control. He maintained this activity for over an hour under these perilous conditions without any consideration to his own safety and the danger. Upon emerging from the poncho, it was found to be perforated with numerous shrapnel holes. His devotion to duty and personal bravery enabled the unit to successful repel the enemy attack.