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Citations For
U.S. Marine Corps 
Awards of the Silver Star

for 
Conspicuous Gallantry
in Action During

The Vietnam War

 

Updated June 2008 

Vietnam War Marine Corps Silver Star Citations
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AARON, ROBERT J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Aaron, Jr. (0-93840), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 24 March 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Aaron upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


ABELY, JOHN L
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John L Abely (2249793), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with a Combined Action Platoon, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 19 April 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Abely upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chelsea, Massachusetts


*ACHTERHOFF, JAMES PATRICK (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Patrick Achterhoff (2385864), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 March 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Achterhoff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Muskegon, Michigan


ADAMS, GEORGE W., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George W. Adams, III (2337404), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 June 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Adams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Altoona, Pennsylvania


ADAMS, LAURENCE R., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Laurence R. Adams, III (0-92937), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 15 December 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Adams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


ADDESSO, PETER F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter F. Addesso (2281600), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Addesso upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lynbrook, New York


AGUILAR, VINCENTE, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vincente Aguilar, Jr. (2334659), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 1 May 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Aguilar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tulia, Texas


AKERS, JERRY R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry R. Akers (0-94503), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 28, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Akers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sheffield, Alabama


ALBERS, VINCENT A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vincent A. Albers, Jr. (0-57287), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 11, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Albers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


ALBRECHT, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Albrecht (0-86107), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21 - 24, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Albrecht upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Columbia Falls, Montana


ALBRIGHT, EDWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward J. Albright, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 29, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Albright upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ALDERETTE, ARNOLD L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arnold L. Alderette (2233772), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and Intrepidity In action while serving as a Machine Gun Team Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy In the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 8 February 1968, Lance Corporal Alderette's platoon was occupying an observation post northeast of the Khe Sanh Combat Base. Suddenly, the Marines came under Intense small arms and mortar fire supporting an aggressive ground assault by two North Vietnamese Army companies. When the enemy soldiers penetrated the defensive perimeter, Lance Corporal Alderette fearlessly ran across the fire-swept terrain to a besieged machine gun position and, discovering that the entire machine gun team were casualties, unhesitatingly commenced employing the weapon. Delivering a heavy volume of suppressive fire at the enemy positions, he quickly maneuvered across the hazardous area to a more advantageous position. While providing accurate fire with his weapon, he skillfully directed the fire of another machine gun team, enabling the Marines to reestablish a perimeter defense. Disregarding his own safety, he repeatedly exposed himself to the hostile fire in order to throw hand grenades at the hostile emplacements and, after the Marines' hand grenade supply was depleted, he directed the men to throw rocks at the enemy. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in enabling his unit to repulse the determined enemy attack. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Alderette upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Valinda, California


ALEXANDER, ROBERT B.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Alexander (0-75013), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 20 - 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Alexander upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

ALEXANDER, ROBERT B.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Alexander (0-75013), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Alexander upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


ALLEN, CARL, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl Allen, Jr. (0-96016), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Camp Lejeune, North Carolina


ALLEN, DAVID C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David C. Allen, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with , in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ALLEN, DONALD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald W. Allen (2337744), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


ALLEN, DONALD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald W. Allen (2083773), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Arab, Alabama
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


ALLEN, FRED A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred A. Allen, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 31, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*ALLEN, JOE E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joe E. Allen (0-103089), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Bay St. Louis, Mississippi


*ALLEN, MELVIN L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Melvin L. Allen (2232029), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with Battalion Landing Team 1/3 in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 May 1967. As a fire Team Leader with the Third Platoon, Company D, First Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, Lance Corporal Allen was on a search and destroy operation in Tinh Quang Nam Province during Operation BEAVER CAGE. The Third Platoon came upon an open area before reaching An Xuan village. The Third Squad, deployed on the right flank before moving to the village, was caught in the open and pinned down by heavy automatic weapons and accurate sniper fire from a numerically superior Viet Cong force of company size, and sustained several casualties. Lance Corporal Allen, with full knowledge of the hazards involved and with complete disregard for his own safety, repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire in an attempt to aid the wounded Marines. He was mortally wounded on his fourth attempt. Lance Corporal Allen's daring actions and loyal devotion to duty in the face of the enemy reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: September 26, 1945 at Beulah, Mississippi
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


ALLEN, PAUL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul D. Allen (2090875), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Indianola, Iowa


ALLEN, RONALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald L. Allen (0-80654), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 26 - 27, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Allen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sabula, Iowa


*ALMANZA, RICKY J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ricky J. Almanza (2379991), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 3 September 1968, Company M was conducting a search and destroy operation near Go Noi Island in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms, mortar and automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying defensive positions in a tree line. During the ensuing fire fight, a Marine of the Second Platoon fell seriously wounded in a position dangerously exposed to the intense hostile fire. Reacting instantly, Corporal Almanza skillfully deployed his squads and, shouting words of encouragement to his men, directed them in delivering suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. Disregarding his own safety, he commenced maneuvering across fifty meters of fire-swept terrain, and as he approached the casualty, he was wounded. Ignoring the painful injury, Corporal Almanza resolutely continued to advance, and reaching the side of his comrade, he fearlessly moved him through intense hostile fire to a position of relative safety. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he continued to direct his platoon until he was medically evacuated, although he subsequently succumbed to his wounds. His bold initiative and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine. By his courage, aggressive leadership and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Almanza upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Authority: Commanding General, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Home Town: Moline, Illinois


ALO, TA'ALOGA S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ta'Aloga S. Alo (1300719), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 28, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Alo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Long Beach, California


ALTAZAN, KENNETH A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth A. Altazan (2303933), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, First Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 May 1969, Sergeant Altazan launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of ten casualties from a Marine company which was heavily engaged in combat with a large North Vietnamese Army force near the village of MY Hiep (3) in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he was informed that the wounded Marines were located in five separate positions scattered about the open rice paddies and that the proximity of the opposing forces precluded the delivery of suppressive fire by supporting aircraft. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire directed at his helicopter, Sergeant Altazan alertly located and reported the sources of hostile fire, provided a continuous flow of vital clearance information as his CH-46 was air-taxied at low altitude above the rice paddies to each of the casualty collection points, and then assisted in embarking the wounded Marines. When his aircraft landed in the fifth zone, he saw that one of the casualties would be unable to move unless assisted. With complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Altazan boldly leaped from his helicopter, ran to the side of the wounded man, lifted him to his shoulders, and fearlessly moved back across the fire-swept terrain toward his CH-46, all the while assisting another evacuee across the perilous open area. When he fell under the weight of his wounded comrade, he wrenched his knee but quickly rose to his feet and, despite excruciating pain, resolutely limped the remaining distance to the helicopter with his heavy load. His bold initiative and selfless concern for his fellow Marines inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous mission. By his courage, superior professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Sergeant Altazan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana


ALTHOFF, DAVID L.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. Althoff (0-64955), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Althoff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

ALTHOFF, DAVID L.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to David L. Althoff (0-64955), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Althoff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

ALTHOFF, DAVID L.
(Third Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star Medal to David L. Althoff (0-64955), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Althoff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chandler, Arizona
Personal Awards: 3@ Silver Stars (Vietnam


ALVARADO, JOSE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose J. Alvarado (1259372), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Alvarado upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Juan, Puerto Rico


ALVAREZ, ENRIQUE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Enrique Alvarez (2192883), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Alvarez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: El Paso, Texas


*ALVAREZ, ROBERT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Alvarez (2193505), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Alvarez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Clint, Texas


*AMENDOLA, WILLET RANKIN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Willet Rankin Amendola (2303053), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 2, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Amendola upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Deposit, New York
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


*ANASIEWICZ, RICHARD J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard J. Anasiewicz (2169441), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Platoon, Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 July 1966. During a search and destroy operation in the Quang Tri Province, Private First Class Anasiewicz's platoon came under intense semi-automatic and machine gun fire. He immediately began firing from the hip at an enemy machine gun position, effectively reducing its fire. Then he raced to the aid of two wounded Marines, directing one out of the line of fire and, disregarding his own personal safety, carried the other Marine to a safe location. Still under intense fire, he went to the aid of another wounded Marine and was moving back with him to his position when he was mortally wounded by a sniper. Private First Class Anasiewicz's unfaltering courage in the face of extreme danger and his devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: New Brunswick, New Jersey


ANDERSON, ANDREW E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andrew E. Anderson, Jr. (0-61855), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 6 - 7, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*ANDERSON, CLINTON H., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clinton H. Anderson, Jr. (0-100013), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: El Segundo, California


ANDERSON, DONALD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald F. Anderson (2183557), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 19, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Waverly, New York


ANDERSON, JOSEPH S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph S. Anderson, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


ANDERSON, LEE H.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lee H. Anderson (0-91901), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division on 24 July 1966 in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation Hastings in Quang Tri Province, Second Lieutenant Anderson led his platoon to the-position of a Company which had been attacked by a North Vietnamese battalion. Subsequently, the position was again attacked by the determined enemy force and a vicious fire fight ensued. Braving intense hostile fire, he courageously moved among his men, directing their fire and offering them words of encouragement. Under his inspiring leadership, his platoon gained fire superiority, which resulted in seven enemy killed, one of which he killed himself. Although five additional deaths were estimated to have been inflicted on the enemy and other casualties were observed being dragged away by the remainder of the enemy unit, Second Lieutenant Anderson's platoon sustained only light casualties. Exhibiting uncommon initiative and sound judgment, he called in air strikes to in­sure the complete destruction of the enemy, but the dense jungle canopy prevented the pilots from locating the North Vietnamese position. With complete disregard for his own safety, Second Lieutenant Anderson ran forward of his own lines on four separate occasions to throw smoke grenades into enemy positions, marking them for the aircraft overhead. His heroic and selfless actions insured the success of the close air support mission and the ultimate destruction of the North Vietnamese force. By his outstanding leadership, fearless determination in the face of enemy fire and loyal devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the 'United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Concord, New Hampshire


ANDERSON, RALPH C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph C. Anderson (0-100817), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 31, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


*ANDERSON, RALPH T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph T. Anderson (2366871), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: St. Petersburg, Florida


*ANDERSON, RONALD D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald D. Anderson (2320067), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 6, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: New York, New York


ANDERSON, TERRY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry C. Anderson, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on . By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Anderson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ANDERST, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Anderst (0-82185), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Anderst upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Plankton, South Dakota


ANDREWS, JAMES F., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James F. Andrews, III (0-902684), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Andrews upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Plankton, South Dakota


ANGLE, PETER F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter F. Angle (0-81994), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Angle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Westchester, New York


*ANZALDUA, ALBERTO T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Alberto T. Anzaldua (451740476), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Anzaldua upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Santa Rosa, Texas


APODACA, RAMON
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ramon Apodaca, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company G, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 4 March 1968, Lance Corporal Apodaca was a member of a reaction force that was moving to assist a patrol which was pinned down by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force near Con Thien. As the Marines approached the besieged unit, they suddenly came under small arms and automatic weapons fire. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Apodaca and a companion fearlessly assaulted a hostile machine gun emplacement, killing the North Vietnamese soldiers and silencing the enemy weapon. Disregarding his own safety, he continued to aggressively move forward and overran the hostile positions. In large measure due to his heroic actions and aggressive fighting spirit, he was instrumental in his unit accounting for eleven North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed and the seizure of numerous weapons. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Apodaca contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ARAUJO, ESPIRIDION, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Espiridion Araujo, Jr. (2423491), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Araujo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Harlingen, Texas


ARBOGAST, ALLEN G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Allen G. Arbogast (2290277), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Arbogast upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Middlesex, Massachusetts


ARENAS, LORENZO T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lorenzo T. Arenas (2054727), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 27, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Arenas upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: El Paso, Texas


ARISS, DAVID W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David W. Ariss (0-82292), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ariss upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pomona, California


ARIZMENDEZ, DANIEL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel M. Arizmendez (2202057), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Arizmendez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Holland, Michigan


ARMER, BILLY R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Billy R. Armer (1196747), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Armer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Holland, Michigan


ARMES, WILLARD P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willard P. Armes (0-106503), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Armes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hague, New York


ARMSTRONG, ELTON
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elton Armstrong (2424349), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Armstrong upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rochester, New York


ARMSTRONG, JOHN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John C. Armstrong, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Armstrong upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*ARTHUR, LAWRENCE KENNETH (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lawrence Kenneth Arthur (2380637), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company F, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 29 May 1968, while occupying a defensive position southeast of Khe Sanh, Company F came under heavy attack by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. Disregarding his own safety, Private First Class Arthur unhesitatingly exposed himself to the intense enemy fire and commenced firing his weapon and throwing hand grenades at the attacking force, killing several hostile soldiers. Realizing that an adjacent unit was in danger of being overrun, he fearlessly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain and assisted the Marines in repulsing the enemy's assault. Despite being seriously wounded, he boldly returned to his squad and continued to deliver accurate fire on the enemy. Alertly observing a North Vietnamese soldier attempting to penetrate the perimeter, Private First Class Arthur quickly rushed forward and killed the enemy soldier. Refusing to seek cover, he steadfastly continued his determined efforts until he succumbed to his wounds. His heroic actions and aggressive fighting spirit inspired all who served with him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Arthur upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lowville, New York


ASHBY, JAMES C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James C. Ashby (2124853), Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 14,1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private Ashby upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


ASHLEY, MAURICE C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maurice C. Ashley, Jr. (0-45707), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Ashley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Poughkeepsie, New York


ATKINS, WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Atkins (2309299), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company D, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 June 1968, Company D was conducting a search and destroy operation south of DaNang when the lead platoon came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions. When his squad leader was mortally wounded, Lance Corporal Atkins unhesitatingly assumed control of the Marines and skillfully directed their fire against the enemy soldiers. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he fearlessly crawled forward to an exposed position and began throwing hand grenades and firing light antitank assault weapons at the entrenched North Vietnamese. Although painfully wounded, Lance Corporal Atkins resolutely returned to his squad's position and, obtaining additional hand grenades, crawled across the fire-swept terrain toward an enemy automatic weapon site. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he fearlessly exposed himself to the intense fire while hurling grenades into the North Vietnamese machine gun emplacement, silencing the enemy fire. Although painfully wounded a second time, he continued to shout words of encouragement to his men and directed their assault until the hostile positions were overrun. By his courage, resolute determination and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Lance Corporal Atkins inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


AVALOS, MANUEL, JR.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Manuel Avalos, Jr. (2080450), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 2, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Avalos upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tracy, California


*AVERY, JOHN MARK (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Mark Avery (1518220), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Avery upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Cottondale, Alabama


AXLEY, LAWRENCE A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence A. Axley (2513991), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 22, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Axley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Arizona

 

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