For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond
the call of duty. Cpl. Folland distinguished himself while serving as an ammunition bearer with
the weapons platoon of Company D, during a reconnaissance patrol mission. As the patrol was
moving through a dense jungle area, it was caught in an intense crossfire from heavily
fortified and concealed enemy ambush positions. As the patrol reacted to neutralize the
ambush, it became evident that the heavy weapons could not be used in the cramped fighting
area. Cpl. Folland dropped his recoilless rifle ammunition, and ran forward to join his
commander in an assault on the enemy bunkers. The assaulting force moved forward until it
was pinned down directly in front of the heavily fortified bunkers by machinegun fire. Cpl.
Folland stood up to draw enemy fire on himself and to place suppressive fire on the enemy
positions while his commander attempted to destroy the machinegun positions with grenades.
Before the officer could throw a grenade, an enemy grenade landed in the position. Cpl.
Folland alerted his comrades and his commander hurled the grenade from the position. When a
second enemy grenade landed in the position, Cpl. Folland again shouted a warning to his
fellow soldiers. Seeing that no one could reach the grenade and realizing that it was about
to explode, Cpl. Folland, with complete disregard for his safety, threw himself on the grenade.
By his dauntless courage, Cpl. Folland saved the lives of his comrades although he was mortally
wounded by the explosion. Cpl. Folland's extraordinary heroism, at the cost of his life, was in
keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon
himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.