The President of the United States of America, authorized by Executive Order 11046,24th August 1962, takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal to Sergeant Paul Schuerenberg Jr. for heroic achievement in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force while serving with 5th Special Forces Group(Airborne),1st Special Forces,attached to the United States Army Training Advisory Croup(TFZAE).
On 15 January 1972 while leading a six man patrol on a reconnaissance mission in enemy territory, the team had just completed helicopter infiltration when it was subjected to intense automatic weapons fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit in well fortified positions on two sides of the landing zone. forming his troops in a hasty perimeter, Sergeant Schuerenberg directed helicopter gunship strafing runs against the entrenched enemy. A rescue helicopter attempted to extract the surrounded patrol from
the landing zone but was riddled by
savage hostile machine gun fire and forced to depart. Sergeant Schuerenberg then led his team to a more secure position in
the nearby jungle and directed tactical aircraft in a devastating air attack which finally silenced the North Vietnamese.His fearless leadership saved the lives of his fellow soldiers and resulted in 21 enemy killed.
COL. Galen W Radke, SOA CCC. 5th SFGA (Pictured is = Larry Purvis (RT IOWA) John Good (RT Texas) and Paul Schuerenberg at the Task Force 2 Advisory Element (TF2AE) helo-pad. Note that Purvis and Schuerenberg are wearing CISO boots and that Schuerenberg is trying to hide the NVA pith helmet.