SP/4 DONALD P. SLOAT
1st Infantry Reg, 196th Brigade
Hawk Hill Fire Base
Quang Tin, RVN
17 Jan 1970
SP/4 Sloat’s Squad was serving as a blocking element in support of tanks and armored personnel carriers p in the Que Son valley.
As they traversed the dense terrain, a soldier in the front tripped a wire attached to a hand grenade booby-trap. The grenade rolled down the hill toward Sloat, and his fellow Soldiers.
After initially attempting to throw the grenade, Sloat realized that detonation was imminent, and would all of them if he didn’t act.
Sloat chose to draw the grenade to his body, absorbing the blast and saving the lives of his brothers.