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Russel Steindham

1LT RUSSELL A STEINDAM
B TROOP THIRD SQUADRON FOURTH CAVALRY
25TH INFANTRY DIVISION
FEBRUARY 1, 1970


Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Troop B, 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry, Division. Place and date: Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 1 February 1970. Entered service at: Austin, Tex. Born: 27 August 1946, Austin, Tex. Citation: for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Steindam, Troop B, while serving as a platoon leader, led members of his platoon on a night ambush operation. On the way to the ambush site, suspected enemy movement was detected on 1 flank and the platoon's temporary position was subjected to intense small arms and automatic weapons fire as well as a fusillade of hand and rocket-propelled grenades. After the initial barrage, 1st Lt. Steindam ordered fire placed on the enemy position and the wounded men to be moved to a shallow bomb crater. As he directed the return fire against the enemy from his exposed position, a fragmentation grenade was thrown into the site occupied by his command group. Instantly realizing the extreme gravity of the situation, 1st Lt. Steindam shouted a warning to alert his fellow soldiers in the immediate vicinity. Then, unhesitatingly and with complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Steindam deliberately threw himself on the grenade, absorbing the full and fatal force of the explosion as it detonated. By his gallant action and self-sacrifice, he was able to save the lives of the nearby members of his command group. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by 1st Lt. Steindam were an inspiration to his comrades and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army.

LT Steindam was the 3/4 Cav's only Medal of Honor recipient.

View a Tribute to 1LT Russell Steindam, MOH.

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Constituted 3 March 1855 in the Regular Army as Company C, 1st Cavalry

Organized 17 June 1855 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri

Redesignated 3 August 1861 as Company C, 4th Cavalry

(Cavalry companies officially designated as troops in 1883)

Reorganized and redesignated 1 February 1928 as the Machine Gun Troop, 4th Cavalry

Reorganized and redesignated 1 February 1940 as the Service Troop, 4th Cavalry

Reorganized and redesignated 16 April 1942 as the Service Troop, 4th Cavalry, Mechanized

Consolidated 21 December 1943 with Headquarters Troop, 4th Cavalry, and consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters Troop, 4th Cavalry Group, Mechanized

Converted and redesignated 1 May 1946 as Headquarters Troop, 4th Constabulary Regiment

Reorganized and redesignated 10 February 1948 as Headquarters and Service Troop, 4th Constabulary Regiment

Inactivated 1 May 1949 in Austria

Redesignated 20 August 1953 as Headquarters Company, 4th Armored Cavalry

Former Troop C, 4th Cavalry, withdrawn 15 February 1957 and consolidated with Troop C, 4th Cavalry (see ANNEX 1), and the 25th Reconnaissance Company (active) (see ANNEX 2); consolidated unit reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Reconnaissance Squadron, 4th Cavalry, an element of the 25th Infantry Division (organic elements concurrently constituted and activated)

Reorganized and redesignated 29 July 1963 as the 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry

Inactivated 16 March 1987 in Hawaii and relieved from assignment to the 25th Infantry Division

Assigned 16 June 1989 to the 3d Infantry Division and activated in Germany

Relieved 16 February 1996 from assignment to the 3d Infantry Division and assigned to the 25th Infantry Division

ANNEX 1

Constituted 1 February 1940 in the Regular Army as Troop C, 4th Cavalry

Activated 1 January 1941 at Fort Meade, South Dakota

Reorganized and redesignated 16 April 1942 as Troop C, 4th Cavalry, Mechanized

Reorganized and redesignated 21 December 1943 as Troop C, 24th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized

Reorganized and redesignated 1 May 1946 as Troop C, 24th Constabulary Squadron

Inactivated 15 December 1952 in Germany

Redesignated 21 April 1953 as Company C, 524th Reconnaissance Battalion

Redesignated 1 February 1957 as Troop C, 4th Cavalry

ANNEX 2

Constituted 28 October 1942 in the Regular Army as the 25th Reconnaissance Troop, an element of the 25th Infantry Division

Activated 3 November 1942 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii

Reorganized and redesignated 1 January 1944 as the 25th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop, Mechanized

Redesignated 10 October 1945 as the 25th Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop

Redesignated 20 March 1949 as the 25th Reconnaissance Company

Note: The Squadron has received 91 campaign and unit citation streamers making the Squadron one of the most decorated units in the Army.
Decorations:
PUC
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for BOGHEIM, GERMANY Dec 21 -22, 1944 { view DAGO 109 }
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for GUADALCANAL; Jan 10-23, 1943 { view DAGO 1951-36 }
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for TAN SON NHUT AIR BASE; 31 Jan, 68 { view DAGO 1969-69 }
VUC
Valorous Unit Award for BINH DUONG PROVINCE; 1 Jan/22 Feb, 69 { view DAGO 1970-39 }
Valorous Unit Award for FISH HOOK; 1 May/29 Jun, 70 { view DAGO 1972-43 }
MUC.svg
Meritorious Unit Commendation for AFGAHANISTAN 2004/2005
Meritorious Unit Commendation for IRAQ 2006/2007 { view PO270-03 }
Meritorious Unit Commendation for IRAQ 2008/2009 { view PO011-07 }
Meritorious Unit Commendation for AFGAHANISTAN 2011/2012 { view PO255-11 }
Croix de Guerre
French Croix De Guerre with Silver Star for Normandy; 21 Jun/1 Jul, 1944 { view DAGO 1950-43 }
Cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes; 1 Dec/28 Dec 1944 { view DAGO 1950-43 }
PUC(Philippines).svg
Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for Libertation of the Philippines 17 Oct/4 Jul 1945
PUC(Korea).svg
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for MASAN-CHINJU { view DAGO 1951-35 }
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation for MUNSAN-NI { view DAGO 1955-19 }
gallantryunit
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966 -1968view DAGO 1971-48 }
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1969view DAGO 1970-43 }
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1969 -1970view DAGO 1973-05 }
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1970view DAGO 1971-55 }
RVCAH
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1966 -1970view DAGO 1971-51 }
Troop A additionally entitled to:
VUC
Valorous Unit Award for CU CHI DISTRICT; 1 Jan/30 Apr 66view DAGO 1967-20 }
PUC
1st Plt Troop A entitled to "Presidential Unit Citation" for "BEN CUI" (attached to 1st Bn 5th INF(M); 19 Aug/22 Sep, 68view DAGO 1969-82 }
Troop C additionally entitled to:
VUC
Valorous Unit Award for QUANG NGAI PROVINCE; 22 Apr/31 Jul, 67view DAGO 1972-43 }
gallantryunit
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966 { view DAGO 1970-03 }
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM 1966 -1967 { view DAGO 1971-48 }
RVCAH
Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class for VIETNAM 1966 -1967 { view DAGO 1970-53 }
Troop D additionally entitled to:
PUC
Presidential Unit Citation (Army) for TAY NINH PROVINCE; Apr 26-29/1969 view DAGO 1973-14 }
Troop F additionally entitled to:
gallantryunit
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm for VIETNAM - 28 Jun/31 Aug 72 view DAGO 1973-32 }

 

Campaign Participation Credit:
Civil War:
civ war
Bull Run;  Mississippi River;  Peninsula; Antietam;  Fredericksburg;  Murfreesborough;  Chickamauga;  Atlanta;  Franklin;  Nashville;  Missouri 1861;  Kentucky 1862;  Mississippi 1862;  Mississippi 1864;  Tennessee 1863;  Tennessee 1864;  Alabama 1864;  Alabama 1865;  Georgia 1864;  Georgia 1865
Indian Wars:
ind war
Comanches;  Apaches;  Little Big Horn;  Cheyennes;  Kansas 1857;  Kansas 1860;  Mexico 1873;  New Mexico 1882
Philippine Insurrection:
phi ins
Manila;  Malolos;  Laguna de Bay;  San Isidro;  Cavite;  Tarlac; Jolo;  Luzon 1899;  Luzon 1900;  Luzon 1901
World War II:
wwii eame
Normandy (with arrowhead);  Northern France;  Rhineland;  Ardennes-Alsace;  Central Europe;
wwii asia
Guadalcanal;  Northern Solomons (with arrowhead);  Luzon
Korean War:
kor war
UN Defensive;  UN Offensive;  CCF Intervention;  First UN Counteroffensive;  CCF Spring Offensive;  UN Summer-Fall Offensive;  Second Korean Winter;  Korea, Summer-Fall 1952;  Third Korean Winter;  Korea, Summer 1953
Vietnam:
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Counteroffensive;  Counteroffensive, Phase II;  Counteroffensive, Phase III;  Tet Counteroffensive;  Counteroffensive, Phase IV;  Counteroffensive, Phase V;  Counteroffensive, Phase VI;  Tet 69/Counteroffensive;  Summer-Fall 1969;  Winter-Spring 1970;  Sanctuary Counteroffensive;  Counteroffensive, Phase VII
War on Terror:
gwot
Global War on Terrorism 11 September 2001 - (Closing date to be determined)
afg
Afghanistan 2004/2005; Afghanistan 2011/2012
iraq
Iraq 2006/2007; Iraqi 2008/2009;
 

 

As the Squadron has once again deployed I think it is fitting to put this small tribute to our Armed Forces on our website. The original photos and quotes were sent to me from another veteran, I rearranged them into a PowerPoint presentation and added the music.  When the program starts hit open it will take a few seconds to download the presentation once it opens on the bar above it you will see slide show, hit that and start the slide show. To exit the presentation simply hit the esc button. I hope you will enjoy this tribute as much as I did creating it.

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