For Distinguished Excellence in Pistol Marksmanship
Shooter achieved distinction in 2005
An Army Special Forces soldier died of a gunshot wound during combat operations on Nov. 14 in Baghdad, Iraq, Army officials said Friday. Sgt. 1st Class Tung M. Nguyen, 38, a Special Forces communications sergeant, was evacuated and pronounced dead at a combat support hospital in Baghdad.
Nguyen was born in Cantho, Vietnam, became a U.S. citizen and was raised in Tracy, Calif.
He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina entering military service in July 1986.
His awards and decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, four Army Achievement Medals, six Army Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge and the Special Forces Tab.
Nguyen was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Iraq Campaign Medal and Combat Infantryman Badge.
He also was the winner of the 2006 Small Arms Championship Sniper Class competition, and the 2006 Joint Special Operations Command Small Arms Championship Pistol Class competition.