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. Good read in the included link. Any idea why this memoir is presented as an affidavit? I’ve read plenty of award citations, but this is a little different. I know the SOG activities were not recognized until decades later; maybe that plays a part.

    Also, why is this published at a Korean War Veterans site?

  2. SFC Liobron’s actions warrant a Medal of Honor. I bet he was one of the old foul dudes that wasn’t politically correct, but a real soldier’s soldier. That keeps the brass from submitting the highest award warranted, it’s about ego instead of accomplishment, when it should be the opposite.

    • It was very common for awards for SOG actions to be lower than deserved due to the top secret nature of the cross border missions


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