Army Commendation Medal with Valor
Private First Class David J. Bentz III
Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment
On 11 June 2007, at 1400, 2nd Platoon, B Co. 1-64 AR was conducting
dismounted patrols in Mahalla 633 on the east side of Mirsulat Field.
The platoon was conducting clearance of abandoned homes in the area.
After clearance of a home IVO MB 358 867, the patrol was exiting the
courtyard gate to continue the patrol in the Mahalla when the platoon
was engaged by precision small arms fire at the gate of the abandoned
house. SGT Ramirez and SPC Whorton were wounded just outside the gate.
The platoon immediately returned fire and began to seek cover. As the
soldiers were moving to cover, PFC Gregg was hit as he was moving back
into the courtyard. PFC Bentz was the driver of one of the platoon’s
HMMWVs out of the line of fire. Once alerted to the situation, PFC Bentz
maneuvered his HMMWV into the direct line of fire in order to screen the
dismounted personnel of the platoon. PFC Bentz maintained his position
in the line of fire while the dismounted personnel loaded the wounded
members of the platoon into the HMMWVs for transport to FOB Liberty. PFC
Bentz expertly drove his HMMWV, with PFC Gregg severely wounded in the
back, through a maze of concrete barriers, dirt mounds, and other
obstacles until reaching Phone Card Road. Once on Phone Card Road, PFC
Bentz and the rest of the patrol quickly drove their comrades to Riva
Ridge Medical Facility where they received life saving medical treatment.
PFC BENTZ’S QUICK REACTION WHILE UNDER FIRE AND HIS COOL
DEMEANOR WHILE DRIVING A SEVERELY WOUNDED COMRADE TO
MEDICAL CARE ARE IN KEEPING WITH THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF THE
UNITED STATES ARMY. HIS ACTIONS REFLECT GREAT CREDIT UPON
HIMSELF. THE DESERT ROGUE BATTALION, THE DAGGER BRIGADE,
AND THE UNITED STATES ARMY.
Company Commander Mark E. Battjes
Battalion Commander Edward J. Chesney