U.S. Army Military History Institute
1964: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Capt. Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War. Donlon is also the first member of the Special Forces so honored. On July 6, 1964, Donlon led a successful effort to repel an attack by two battalions of Vietcong forces on an outpost at Nam Dong, about 15 miles from Vietnam's border with Laos.