Four Green Berets displayed extraordinary bravery during the Tet Offensive in 1968, a military operation in Vietnam that had a tremendous influence on the US government and people.
The Tet Offensive was a military campaign launched by the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong in 1968. Their goal was to break the South Vietnamese military’s will and encourage a popular uprising against the pro-American South Vietnamese government. During the offensive, four Green Berets from the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) demonstrated exceptional valor, including Staff Sgt. Drew D. Dix, who organized and led relief forces to save trapped civilians, and Sgt. 1st Class Eugene Ashley, Jr., who led a rescue effort at the Special Forces camp at Lang Vei. The Tet Offensive had a significant impact on the U.S. government and the American people, leading to increased anti-war protests and the eventual withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam. Twenty-two Green Berets earned the Medal of Honor for their service in Vietnam, eight of them posthumously.