Jul 14 , 2020
Billy bad ass of the day:
On Nov 26, 1970, Sgt. Edward Ziobron and his recon team from MAC V SOG, where tasked with conducting a clandestine operation deep into Laos.
Upon insertion, the team came under intense fire from an overwhelming enemy force. Although wounded in the face, left arm and leg by a B40 Rocket, Ziobron led an uphill charge against the entrenched enemy, killing 10 communists with rifle fire and hand grenades. Upon reaching the top of the ridge, he took an M60 and continued his assault under murderous fire, killing 6 more in the process.
The next day, the team decided to call in an extract to get the wounded out. On the way, the team came under fire from two AA guns. Ziobron took out them out with a LAW rocket launcher like it was no big deal.
The enemy then launched an attack with the intention of annihilating the team. Through the chaos, Ziobron stood his ground, although wounded again by another rocket. At the same time, 2 NVA soldiers attacked him and hand to hand fighting ensued.
Ziobron killed one with his .45 pistol and the other, he beat to death with his own SKS. With the battle raging, he was shot in the right leg and his Achilles tendon severed. Using his CAR 15 as a crutch, he began calling danger close air strikes, took out about 20 NVA with claymores and rescued one of his mates under fire.
With the enemy closed in to a few meters, he killed 2 more with his pistol and one with an M79 round. His actions inflicted such heavy casualties, which broke the attack.
Despite his wounds, he led his team to the LZ and were extracted the following morning. When he boarded the helo, he was down to only 3 bullets left.
For his actions, Ziobron was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.