When the 3rd Platoon lost its leader, Bacon took command of that platoon as well and led both platoons against the remaining enemy positions. During the evacuation of the wounded, Bacon climbed the side of a nearby tank to gain a vantage point and direct fire into enemy positions, despite his exposure to enemy fire. "I got my boot heel shot off, I got holes in my canteens, I got my rifle grip shot up," he recalled in "Beyond Glory," a 2003 book by Larry Smith of history interviews with Medal of Honor recipients. "I got shrapnel holes in my camouflage covers, and bullets in my pot. A bullet creased the edge of it, tore the lining off." He was personally credited with killing at least 4 enemy soldiers and destroying an antitank gun.
For his actions in this battle, Bacon received theMedal of Honor. The medal was formally presented to him by PresidentRichard Nixonduring a 1969White Houseceremony.For his service in Vietnam and throughout his career, he also received theDistinguished Service Cross, theLegion of Merit, twoBronze Stars, twoPurple Heartmedals (one awarded later in 2008 due to an administrative oversight) and numerous other awards and decorations.