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. OK, riddle me this:

    How is this action worthy of a DSC and not MOH?

    My question isn’t rhetorical. As I look at the criteria for MOH, this would seem to meet it. The DSC’s criteria is basically “bad assery that doesn’t rise to the level of MOH,” but it doesn’t specify what is missing from a MOH action that results in a DSC instead.

    • My thoughts also.

      And I’d like to contribute to the fund that pays for all the wheelbarrows he needs to carry his balls around.

      • I think I remember it was either here or weaponsman they explained that it was due to the clandestine nature of the missions. Can’t be an MOH if we’re not supposed to be there or something along those line.

    • the crossborder missions and deinabily made the wording of the recommendations so watered down ,to hide the location of the event,that almost all SOG awards were at least 1 or 2 levels below what they should have been. Recently several SOG men have been upgraded. SF Medic Gary Rose recently was upgraded to his much deserved MOH for his actions during Operation Tailwind

  2. These stories are so awesome. Many in the US today would benefit from hearing about inspirational acts of awesomeness and valor like this. Qualities like bravery, selflessness are lauded and it’s just inspiring to read about proper use of awesome skills in situations where it counts.


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