First Sergeant Grady Trainor was the first Top Sergeant of Co C. On 18 December 1965
during the first real battle of the JUMPING MUSTANGS in Operation "SCALPING MUSTANG"
in Binh Dinh area vicinity of Ben Khe, there were many acts of individual heroism. Among those
heroes was First Sergeant Grady Trainor. On the landing zone with his company, he
demonstrated outanding courage and devotion to duty as he arranged casualty evacuation
back to the pick up point and resupplied his troops with amnunition. It was necessary to carry
the casualties across the exposed fire-swept landing zone for a distance of two or three
hundred yards. I watched 1st Sergeant Trainor time and time again, personally carry the
wounded, with another man or two assisting, to the pick up zone and then back for more
wounded. The last time I observed him that fateful day, he had discarded weapons, harness
and everthing else and was wearing only his helmet to facilitate carrying wounded men. He
certainly showed vividly that day, he was one of the outstanding professional non
commissioned officers of the United States Army. He truly set an excellent example for the
other great NCO's in our Jumping Mustang Battalion. A true Soldier, dedicated to his men,
company and battalion. He provided positive proof again of the excellence of his company. He
was later awarded the Silver Star for his heroic action.
Kenneth Mertel (Mustang 6).