FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nicky Bacon, Medal of Honor Recipient Dies
“The State of Arkansas and the United States of America has lost a true hero.” Third Congressional District Republican nominee Steve Womack used those words to describe his friend and fellow veteran Nicky Bacon, Medal of Honor Recipient, who died from a lengthy illness early Saturday morning.
“Nicky was not only one of America’s great heroes, he was a very good friend and our nation grieves with his family today as we mourn his passing,” said Mayor Womack.
Bacon, 64, was one of the few surviving Medal of Honor recipients—having earned the nation’s highest award for valor while serving in the United States Army in Viet Nam. On August 26, 1968, then SSG Bacon assumed command of his platoon—and then another—as he led an attack against a dug-in enemy attacking a unit of the First Cavalry Division near Tam Ky, Viet Nam.
Bacon also served a number of years as Director of Veterans Affairs in Arkansas and was former President of the Medal of Honor Society.
Details concerning services for Bacon will be released once completed. It is expected that a memorial service is planned for next Saturday.
Less than a hundred Medal of Honor recipients are still living. "Nicky was a soldier of remarkable courage and leadership and those values are what define patriotism and are at the very core of the freedom we enjoy in America."
(Full Text of Bacon’s MOH Citation follows)
BACON, NICKY DANIEL
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army, Company B, 4th Battalion, 21st Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Place and date: West of Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam, 26 August 1968. Entered service at: Phoenix, Ariz. Born: 25 November 1945, Caraway, Ark.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Bacon distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with the 1st Platoon, Company B, during an operation west of Tam Ky. When Company B came under fire from an enemy bunker line to the front, S/Sgt. Bacon quickly organized his men and led them forward in an assault. He advanced on a hostile bunker and destroyed it with grenades. As he did so, several fellow soldiers including the 1st Platoon leader, were struck by machinegun fire and fell wounded in an exposed position forward of the rest of the platoon. S/Sgt. Bacon immediately assumed command of the platoon and assaulted the hostile gun position, finally killing the enemy gun crew in a single-handed effort. When the 3d Platoon moved to S/Sgt. Bacon's location, its leader was also wounded. Without hesitation S/Sgt. Bacon took charge of the additional platoon and continued the fight. In the ensuing action he personally killed 4 more enemy soldiers and silenced an antitank weapon. Under his leadership and example, the members of both platoons accepted his authority without question. Continuing to ignore the intense hostile fire, he climbed up on the exposed deck of a tank and directed fire into the enemy position while several wounded men were evacuated. As a result of S/Sgt. Bacon's extraordinary efforts, his company was able to move forward, eliminate the enemy positions, and rescue the men trapped to the front. S/Sgt. Bacon's bravery at the risk of his life was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.