1-0 Sgt. Edward Ziobron Command& Control Central MACV­SOG, 5th SFG(A), 1st SF, Kontum, Republic of Vietnam.

Sgt. Edward Ziobron

On Nov 26 1970, Sgt. Ziobron and his recon team from MACVSOG, where tasked with conducting a clandestine operation into Loas.

Upon insertion, the team came under intense fire from and overwhelming enemy force. Although wounded in the face , left arm and leg by a B40 rocket, Ziobron lead 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 came under fire from two AA guns. Ziobron took them out with a LAW rocket. The enemy then launched an attack with the intention of over running the team.

After running out of ammo with his CAR15 ,Ziobron killed one with his .45 pistol and another he beat to death with his own SKS rifle. With the battel raging, he was shot in the right leg and his Achilles tendon was severed. Using his CAR15 as a crutch, he began calling in danger close airstrikes, took out around 20 NVA with claymore mines and rescued one of his team mates under fire. With the PAVN troops closing to within a few meters, he killed 2 more with his M1911 and one with a M79 round. His actions inflicted such heavy casualties that he broke the attack.

Despite his wounds, he led his team to the LZ to be extracted the following morning. When he boarded the helo, he was down to only three rounds left.

For his actions, Ziobron was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.


Ziobron using an XM21 in either Laos or more likely Cambodia due to terrain being more favorable for Sniper rifle use. Being part of Command&Control Central, Ziobron would have run operations in southern Laos and northern Cambodia .You can see the WW2 leggings that was a popular piece of gear for SOG recon teams.


  1. Wow – that dude is on my don’t-eff-with list….and from just down the road a bit. Will have to look into him some more.

    OT: Thank you for the Kings Firearms link and coupon code. I’m very please with my purchase – excellent condition, great price, friendly seller.

    • Most of SOG’s awards were a step or two below what they legitimately were. Because of having to write it up in a way that didn’t disclose the cross border top secret location of where the action took place the magnitude of what happened was watered down in the write up. As one of the SOG commanders said “because of the way you had to write it up, by the end it sounded like they’d went on a goddamn church bake sale” Robert Howard, a SOG green Beret was submitted for the MOH three times and awarded one. SOG is the most highly decorated unit in Army history.

  2. I read of this gentleman awhile back. I seem to recall that he was awarded that DSC only very recently – like 2005 or 2006? I’ve read most all of the MOH awards given, and in the grand overall pattern of MOH awards, these events read like many other MOH awards, not a DSC award.

    He was also active with the West-by-God Virginia ANG until he was forced by age to retire.

    I seem to recall that his rank in the WV Army NG when I read of the DSC was MSGT.

    Any way you cut it, MSGT Ziobron is a serious bad-ass.

    • Yes his award was recent, I meant to put that in the article with a picture of the ceremony but had to take care of something and skipped it like the lazy bastard I am. He lived, or lives not that far from me.

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