Name: Herman Towery
Branch/Rank: United States Army/O3
Date of Birth: 27 April 1934
Home City of Record: FT BRAGG NC
Date of Loss: 22 October 1964
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 0 0
Status (in 1973): Died in captivity
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: GROUND
Other Personnel in Incident:
Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw
data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA
families, published sources, interviews and CACCF = Combined Action
Combat Casualty File.
10/23/64 REMAINS RECOVERED ID 10/27/64
No further information available at this time.
Library of Congress files:
RVN: IN-679 SUN U.S. PW VOLUME 1/U.S. Military Advisor Stationed in Dong
Thap Province is Captured by the Viet Cong
Country: RVN
Name: Herman Towery
Subjects: PW; Dong Thap Province
Reel: 316
Page: 9
Type of Document: Message
Date of Report: 64 10 22
Date of Information: 64 10 22
Document Number: 221011ZOCT64
Originator: U.S. Embassy, Saigon
Category: Army Files


His SILVER STAR citation reads:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 8, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain (Infantry) Herman Turner Towery (ASN: 0-5312074), United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Detachment A-211, Company B, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), in action on 22 October 1964. As an Advisor, Captain Towery was accompanying a Vietnamese Company on a routine search and clear operation when the friendly units were suddenly ambushed by a strong Viet Cong force. With complete disregard for his own safety, Captain Towery positioned himself at the apex of the onslaught to cover the withdrawal of the forward platoon. As the onrushing attackers inflicted heavy casualties on the friendly forces and demanded surrender, Captain Towery responded by firing his M-79 grenade launcher into the enemy troops and refusing to retreat. With fortitude, determination, and indomitable courage, he remained exposed to the intense small arms fire until the platoon had regrouped and began to return fire. Until he was captured by the enemy, he continued his brave efforts which stabilized the defense posture of the platoon and kept casualties to a minimum. Captain Towery's conspicuous gallantry is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military services.