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U.S. Marine Corps 
Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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The Vietnam War

 

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Vietnam War Marine Corps Silver Star Citations
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CABRERA, ALFREDO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alfredo Cabrera (2105940), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 6, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Cabrera upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


*CACERES, EDGARDO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edgardo Caceres (2108262), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 12 May 1966.
Home Town: Tacoma, Washington


CAHOON, CURTIS R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Curtis R. Cahoon (2455194), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Cahoon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Columbia, North Carolina


CAIN, JEROME F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerome F. Cain, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 5th Tank Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Cain upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


CALABRIA, JOSEPH R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph R. Calabria (1830887), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 11th Engineer Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Calabria upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Youngstown, Ohio


CALDERONE, THOMAS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Calderone (2207193), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 31, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Calderone upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


CALDON, DAVID LEE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David Lee Caldon (0-89878), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Air Liaison Officer with the Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 6 April 1968, Captain Caldon was with a company-size patrol in the vicinity of Hill 558 near Khe Sanh as the unit's Forward Air Controller, when contact was made with an entrenched company of North Vietnamese Army Regulars. During the ensuing eight hours, he fearlessly exposed himself to hostile mortar and small arms fire to locate enemy positions and control fixed-wing air strikes. When the artillery forward observer was killed by enemy fire, Captain Caldon unhesitatingly assumed his duties and coordinated artillery fire as well as air strikes on enemy emplacements. Boldly moving through the hostile fire, he established a secure landing zone for the evacuation of casualties and then returned to exposed observation points to control supporting arms fires. On one occasion, when communication with the battalion command post was lost, Captain Caldon courageously moved across the fire-swept terrain to obtain tactical information and relay it over his radio. By his courageous actions, superior professional skill and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Captain Caldon inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cheshire, Connecticut


CALDWELL, ROBERT P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert P. Caldwell, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Caldwell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*CALL, JOHN G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John G. Call (2308135), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Call upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Columbus, Georgia


CALLAHAM, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Callaham (2101141), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 28, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Callaham upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia


CALLAHAN, MELVIN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Melvin R. Callahan (2105660), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 30, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Callahan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tuscaloosa, Alabama


CALLAWAY, JOHNNY P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Johnny P. Callaway (2474595), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Callaway upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


CAMP, AUBIE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Aubie Camp (2083796), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 30, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Camp upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Apison, Tennessee


*CAMPBELL, DONALD A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Donald A. Campbell (2128722), 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 September 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Campbell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Glouster, Ohio


CAMPBELL, HAROLD J., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold J. Campbell, Jr. (0-85928), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron TWO-HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (HMM-265), near Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam, on 26 and 27 January 1967. When a six-man U.S. Marine Reconnaissance team was surrounded by a company of North Vietnamese Regulars, Captain Campbell was launched as the Aircraft Commander of one of two CH-46A helicopters to retract the beleaguered unit. On the first approach to the zone Captain Campbell saw his flight leader come under intense enemy fire and burst into flames in the zone as he orbited overhead. When his flight leader momentarily broadcast on the ground radio that all passengers were safe and had joined with the Marine Reconnaissance team, Captain Campbell returned to Khe Sanh, received permission to land a reaction force of U.S. Marines, and returned to the aid of his downed comrades. Knowing the only chance for survival for the grounded unit was reinforcements, Captain Campbell started his approach and also came under intense fire. He lost power and crash landed near the beleaguered Marines. Using their shouts for direction, Captain Campbell led the reaction force to the friendly perimeter and set to work assisting his flight leader who was now in command on the ground. Exposing himself to enemy fire, Captain Campbell assisted a Medical Evacuation helicopter to a safe landing during the night by holding a strobe light outside the perimeter to guide him down. Although wounded by grenade fragments, Captain Campbell continued to fight to hold their position and volunteered to be the last man out of the zone on rescue the following morning. By his daring actions and loyal devotion to duty in the face of grave personal risk, Captain Campbell upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Somerville, Massachusetts


CAMPBELL, KENNETH C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth C. Campbell (1919830), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Air and Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Campbell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


CAMPBELL, THOMAS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Campbell (1543461), Captain, 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 June 29, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Campbell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


CAMPBELL, WALLACE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wallace L. Campbell (0-92078), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11), in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May1 - June 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Campbell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pearl Harbor, Hawaii


CANDELARIO, RAFAEL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rafael A. Candelario (2030045), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Candelario upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Juan, Puerto Rico


CANNEY, GEORGE T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George T. Canney (2266543), Lance 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 September 17, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Canney upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


CANNON, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Cannon (0-93569), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 3, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Cannon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fredericksburg, Virginia


CANTIENY, JOHN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Cantieny (0-60027), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Cantieny upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


CANTU, ANDRES, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andres Cantu, Jr. (2276912), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the 60-mm. Mortar Section Leader of Company I, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 September 1968, while participating in Operation Lancaster II in the Cam Lo Valley, Corporal Cantu's unit came under intense hostile mortar fire and sustained several casualties. Observing that the Corpsmen required assistance in treating the casualties, Corporal Cantu fearlessly left his relatively covered position and aided in the treatment of the wounded, comforting the Marines and preparing them for evacuation. Disregarding the intense hostile fire, he returned to his platoon and discovered that the platoon commander had been medically evacuated for injuries. Unhesitatingly assuming control of the platoon, Corporal Cantu rapidly reorganized his men into an effective fighting force and ensured that all mortars were manned and ready to provide fire support if requested. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in preventing further Marines casualties. By his courage, superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Cantu upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


CAPLE, EDWARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward F. Caple (2255277), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 15, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Caple upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


CAPOZZOLI, ORLANDO S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Orlando S. Capozzoli (2022090), 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 April 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Capozzoli upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


*CAPRARO, CLAUD W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Claud W. Capraro (2373669), 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 December 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Capraro upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Penrose, Colorado


CAREY, MICHAEL DAVID
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael David Carey (0-91723), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Third Marine Division on 22 July 1966, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation Hastings, First Lieutenant Carey's platoon was acting as the point element for his company as it moved down a stream bed in the Quan Cam Lo District of Quang Tri Province. Suddenly, the first squad was taken under intense automatic weapons fire by a North Vietnamese ambush force. In the initial burst of fire, four Marines were killed and the remainder of the squad was pinned down by hand grenades and rifle fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, First Lieutenant Carey unhesitatingly advanced to the front of his platoon and killed two enemy soldiers. Simultaneously, he skillfully directed the remaining squads into position in order to gain fire superiority. Observing two of his men, seriously wounded and exposed to enemy fire, he courageously dashed through the intense fire and moved the Marines to safety. After the casualties were evacuated, First Lieutenant Carey returned to the ambush site and effectively maneuvered the remainder of the platoon in an attack on the enemy positions which routed the enemy forces. His selfless disregard for his own safety and valiant leadership preserved the integrity of his unit and undoubtedly saved the lives of his men. By his courage and exceptional fortitude in the face of enemy fire, keen professional ability and unfaltering dedication to duty at great personal risk, First Lieutenant Carey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

CAREY, MICHAEL DAVID
(Second Award)
Citation:
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 Michael David Carey (0-91723), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Third Marine Division on 24 July 1966,, in connection with operations against the enemy. During the attack and subsequent defense of Hill 362, First Lieutenant Carey repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire to inspire and direct the efforts of his platoon against a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. While the First and Second Platoons were bitterly engaged with the enemy, he courageously led the Third Platoon forward to prevent an encirclement of his company by the enemy. Moving his squads forward, First Lieutenant Carey, with complete disregard for his own safety, personally assaulted the advancing enemy unit with hand grenades. 'His aggressive and determined actions were so unexpected that he thoroughly disorganized the enemy and enabled his men to-maneuver through the thick underbrush and launch an assault against the determined enemy. After the hill had been partially secured, he consolidated his men to form a strong defensive position. Simultaneously, he made-provisions to have the wounded evacuated to a secure area. Although his position was under continuous heavy enemy mortar and small arms fire, First Lieutenant Carey fearlessly moved among his men, directing their fire and encouraging them to hold their positions. His inspiring leadership, despite a painful wound sustained during the fire fight, was instrumental in the success of his unit in accomplishing its mission. By his exceptional fortitude in the face of intense enemy fire, selfless and heroic actions, keen professional skill and unfaltering dedication to duty, First Lieutenant Carey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Torrance, California
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


CAREY, THOMAS W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas W. Carey (2262396), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 20, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Carey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


CARL, DANIEL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel R. Carl (2479982), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 13, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Carl upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


CARLIN, JOHN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John P. Carlin (0-92415), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 28 - June 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Carlin upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wooster, Ohio


*CARLISI, IGNATIUS (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ignatius Carlisi (2170881), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Carlisi 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


CARLISLE, JIMMY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jimmy D. Carlisle (2164281), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 29 August 1970.
Home Town: Zillah, Washington


CARLISLE, RICHARD P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard P. Carlisle (0-80714), 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 March 25, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Carlisle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


CARLSON, CLARENCE R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence R. Carlson (2192592), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 May 1967, Lance Corporal Carlson was the Point Man of a seven-man reconnaissance patrol on a mission deep within enemy controlled territory near Khe Sanh. After discovering numerous enemy bunkers and confiscating an assortment of enemy equipment during the afternoon, the patrol moved to high ground and established a night defensive position. Shortly after midnight, the small patrol came under heavy small arms fire from approximately fifty North Vietnamese Army soldiers. In the initial burst of enemy fire, the Marines suffered two casualties. Unhesitatingly and courageously, Lance Corporal Carlson moved to a position from which he could direct effective fire at the enemy. Vicious enemy fire battered the patrol's position and within minutes, several more Marines became casualties. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Carlson maneuvered to different positions in order to bring a heavy volume of small arms fire and grenades against the North Vietnamese Army force. As a result of his daring actions, the enemy was prevented from learning the exact number of patrol members who were able to continue fighting. In less than two hours, only Lance Corporal Carlson and one other Marine were able to man their weapons. Throughout the night, the enemy continued to attack the Marines in an attempt to overrun the patrol's position. On several occasions, North Vietnamese soldiers approached to within fifteen feet of his position, but were driven back by the intense fire delivered by Lance Corporal Carlson and his companion. Although he was subsequently wounded by enemy small arms fire, Lance Corporal Carlson continued to throw hand grenades and bring accurate fire to bear on the enemy. Several attempts to extract the Marines by helicopter were unsuccessful because of the heavy enemy fire. During the early morning hours, Lance Corporal Carlson was wounded a second time but fearlessly continued to man his weapon until his unit was extracted by helicopter. His steadfast determination and indomitable fighting spirit throughout the twelve-hour ordeal were instrumental in inflicting numerous casualties on the enemy and saving the lives of several Marines. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty in the face of extreme danger, Lance Corporal Carlson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Milltown, Wisconsin


CARLSON, GARY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary E. Carlson (0-87394), Captain, 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 June 29, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Carlson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Annapolis, Maryland


*CARLTON, DAVID J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David J. Carlton (2259576), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Carlton 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. Paul, Minnesota


CARLTON, JOHN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Carlton (0-71434), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Reconnaissance Squadron, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 16, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Carlton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Austin, Texas


CARMEAN, PAUL R., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul R. Carmean, Jr., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Air Base Squadron 36 (MABS-36), in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Carmean upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


CARMODY, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Carmody (0-101793), 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 December 6, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Carmody upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albany, New York


CARO, ALEXANDER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alexander J. Caro (2242963), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Caro upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


CAROLAN, FREDERICK A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick A. Carolan (0-72088), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 11 (MAG-11), in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 6, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Carolan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


CARPENTER, PETER B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter B. Carpenter (0-106231), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Carpenter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Springfield, Missouri


CARR, JOHN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Carr (0-83158), Captain, 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 January 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Carr upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Belfast, Maine


CARR, RICHARD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard W. Carr (0-68300), Major, 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 April 18, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Carr upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Anderson, South Carolina


CARR, WILLIAM D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William D. Carr (0-83966), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 513 (VMA-513), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Carr upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


*CARROLL, PETER R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Peter R. Carroll (2375967), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company H, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 January 1969, Lance Corporal Carroll was standing watch during a cordon operation around the village of Cam Sa in Quang Nam Province when he alertly observed eight North Vietnamese Army soldiers crawl through a hedgerow near the village. With complete disregard for his own safety, he opened fire on the hostile group and, although he came under a heavy volume of return fire, resolutely maintained his dangerously exposed position, thereby enabling his men to deploy to covered fighting positions. During the ensuing engagement with the numerically superior force, the fire team's machine gun malfunctioned, and realizing the seriousness of the situation, Lance Corporal Carroll, again standing in full view of the enemy and delivering cover fire, killed two hostile soldiers and pinned down the others, while his companions corrected the deficiency. While thus protecting his fellow Marines, he was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and subsequently enabled his comrades to repel the attack of the North Vietnamese soldiers. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Carroll saved several Marines from possible death or serious injury and 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: Winters, California


CARTER, COY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Coy C. Carter (1385867), Sergeant, 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 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Carter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fort Wayne, Indiana


CARTER, THOMAS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas C. Carter (0-88603), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Carter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winslow, Arizona


*CARTER, TIMOTHY G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Timothy G. Carter (530380598), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Carter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Ely, Nevada


CARTER, WALLACE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wallace M. Carter (1526745), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 19, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Carter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Centerville, Iowa


*CARUOLO, RICHARD A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard A. Caruolo (2011788), 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 March 22, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Caruolo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Providence, Rhode Island


*CASHMAN, CORNELIUS J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Cornelius J. Cashman (291-42-6576), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, Fleet Marine Forces, operating against hostile enemy forces in the Republic of Vietnam. At about 0400 on 12 August 1969, Lance Corporal Cashman's unit was attacked by a numerically superior enemy force of North Vietnamese Army regular soldiers. The listening post was taken under fire and unable to withdraw to friendly lines. One squad was directed to bring them back to the defensive perimeter. Lance Corporal Cashman unhesitatingly grabbed his M60 machine gun and ammunition and proceeded to accompany the rifle squad forward providing protective fire and verbal reassurance to the listening post that relief was on the way. As the enemy small arms, mortar, and grenade fire intensified around the Marines he moved more to the front to provide covering fire. Following the successful link-up the Marines began to withdraw, again supported by the violent and effective fire of Lance Corporal Cashman. He remained forward, single-handedly holding off the advance of the enemy company, while his fellow Marines returned to friendly lines. He was last seen alive firing his machine gun from his hip, killing, wounding, and stopping the onrushing enemy attackers. Lance Corporal Cashman was killed by enemy small arms fire, while holding his position, valiantly giving his life to ensure the safety of his fellow Marines. By his daring, heroic actions and loyal devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal risk, Lance Corporal Cashman reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: North Royalton, Ohio


CASSIDY, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Cassidy (0-90418), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Cassidy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Central Islip, New York


CASTAGNETTI, GENE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gene E. Castagnetti (0-31285536), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Castagnetti upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Needham, Massachusetts


CASTANEDA, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert L. Castaneda (2435079), Sergeant, 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 July 23, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Castaneda upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


CASTANIA, DONALD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald W. Castania (2428331), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Castania upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fresno, California


CASTILLO, ALFREDO R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alfredo R. Castillo (2198359), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 9, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Castillo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


CASTILLO, CHARLES RICHARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles Richard Castillo (2311620), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the Security Platoon, Sub-Unit One, Headquarters Company, Twenty-Sixth Marines (Forward), NINTH Marine Amphibious Brigade in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 6 June 1967, Lance Corporal Castillo, along with seventeen men, was defending a vital radio relay position on Hill 950 near Khe Sanh, which came under intense enemy small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and rocket fire, followed by an assault by an estimated ninety North Vietnamese Regulars. Almost immediately, six Marines were killed and four were seriously wounded. Unhesitatingly, Lance Corporal Castillo exposed himself to enemy fire and assisted in effectively halting enemy penetration attempts by delivering a heavy volume of accurate fire on the hostile force. Throughout the remaining hours of darkness, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy machine gun fire to prevent the North Vietnamese from outflanking and overrunning his position and, on one occasion, crawled forward, surprising three of the enemy and killed them. When, after several hours of continuous combat, the Marines' weapons began malfunctioning, Lance Corporal Castillo daringly crawled forward and obtained four weapons from the enemy dead, which enabled his men to continue fighting. At dawn, when the few uninjured Marines launched a counterattack, he outflanked the enemy and delivered a heavy volume of accurate fire, materially assisting in overrunning a machine gun emplacement and routing the enemy from the hill. He aggressively continued to pursue the fleeing enemy until he was restrained by his squad leader. His exemplary leadership and aggressive fighting spirit were instrumental in the defeat of the enemy and were an inspiration to all who observed him. By his steadfast courage, resolute determination and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Castillo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*CASTOR, JAMES W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James W. Castor (513505308), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Squad Leader with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 13 August 1969, Company I was participating in a battalion-sized search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of mortar, machine gun, and automatic weapons fire from a hostile unit occupying concealed emplacements in a tree line. Observing one wounded Marine fall in a dangerously exposed position, Corporal Castor, with complete disregard for his own safety, fought his way across the fire-swept terrain toward his companion but, upon attaining his objective, sustained a wound which severed an artery. Ignoring his painful injury, he rendered medical assistance to the casualty until he was satisfied that the man would recover. Remaining in the dangerous area, he then attempted to treat his own extensive wound, but collapsed and succumbed to his injury without having informed anyone that he had been wounded. His heroic actions and determined efforts inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Castor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Natoma, Kansas


CASWELL, RUSSELL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Russell J. Caswell (0-75626), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Caswell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: North Hollywood, California


CATALOGNE, PAUL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul R. Catalogne (0-88796), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Engineer Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Catalogne upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


CAUBLE, JOHN D., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Cauble, Jr. (1511999), Staff Sergeant, 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 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Cauble upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brenham, Texas


CAUDLE, JERRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry W. Caudle (0-89540), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 30, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Caudle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


CECIL, RICHARD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard D. Cecil (1127963), 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 May 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Cecil upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Diego, California


CENTERS, JACK
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack Centers (2139630), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 14, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Centers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: South Charleston, West Virginia


CENTERS, NORMAN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norman B. Centers (0-91328), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Centers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Olmstead Falls, Ohio


CENTERS, RONALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald L. Centers (2128537), Private First Class, 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 August 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Centers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


CERDA, RENE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rene Cerda (2318335), Corporal, 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 May 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Cerda upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fresno, California


*CERNA, NARCISCO R., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Narcisco R. Cerna, Jr. (2110587), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th 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 Cerna upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*CHACON, DAVID ANDREW (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David Andrew Chacon (2409589), Lance Corporal, 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 22 February 1969.
Home Town: Gilcrest, Colorado


CHACON, RICHARD S., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard S. Chacon, Jr. (1371893), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Chacon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


CHADWICK, LEON G., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leon G. Chadwick, III (0-87306), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 31, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Chadwick upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina


CHAISSON, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Chaisson (0-7244), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 9, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Colonel Chaisson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Swampscott, Massachusetts


CHAMBERLAIN, GENE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gene Chamberlain (2217725), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Chamberlain upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Milwaukie, Oregon


CHAMBERS, JOHN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John C. Chambers (2178941), Corporal, 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 May 19, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Chambers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Evanston, Illinois


*CHAMBERS, LESTER E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lester E. Chambers (2336047), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Chambers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


CHAMBLISS, CARL S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl S. Chambliss, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 23, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Chambliss upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


CHAMPE, CHARLES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Champe (0-102666), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Battalion, Force Reconnaissance, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Champe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


CHAPA, RICHARD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard E. Chapa (0-93882), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Chapa upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


CHAPMAN, DARRELL H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Darrell H. Chapman (2459791), Lance Corporal, 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 22 February 1969.
Home Town: Claremont, New Hampshire


CHAPMAN, HARLAN PAGE (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harlan Page Chapman (0-71437), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action during the period from July 1966 through October 1967 while being confined as a Prisoner of War. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Chapman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 27, 1934 at Elyria, Ohio
Home Town: Elyria, Ohio


CHAPMAN, WILLIAM W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William W. Chapman, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 August 1968.


*CHARLIE, PETER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Peter Charlie (585305795), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 8, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Charlie upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Farmington, New Mexico


CHARLTON, ALBERT K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert K. Charlton (0-66768), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 21, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Charlton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Spokane, Washington


CHASE, JERRY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry D. Chase (0-95902), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d 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, Second Lieutenant Chase upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Vestal, New York


CHAVARRIA, MANUEL T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Manuel T. Chavarria (1638209), Staff Sergeant, 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 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Chavarria upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*CHAVES, ALLEN F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Allen F. Chaves (2269791), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Chaves upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Winslow, Arizona


CHEATHAM, CHARLES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles W. Cheatham (0-89036), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 28 - 29, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Cheatham upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Burlington, North Carolina


CHEFF, STANLEY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanley W. Cheff (0-88234), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 16, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Cheff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Grand Rapids, Michigan


CHESNUT, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert E. Chesnut (2238708), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Chesnut upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Springfield, Massachusetts


CHIDGEY, DONALD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald J. Chidgey (2181762), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Chidgey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bakersfield, California


*CHIOFOLO, VINCENT N. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Vincent N. Chiofolo (2417922), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with, Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 17 May 1968, during Operation Allen Brook, Company K launched an attack on a well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force near Le Bac in Quang Nam Province and immediately came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Private First Class Chiofolo immediately commenced delivering a heavy volume of rifle fire into the fortified emplacements, which enabled a machine gun team to move forward and engage the enemy. In the ensuing fire fight, the team became pinned down, and when the M-60 machine gun malfunctioned, Private First Class Chiofolo fearlessly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain in an attempt to draw the fire and attention of the enemy away from his comrades. Delivering accurate fire into the hostile emplacements, he succeeded in diverting the enemy fire, enabling the Marines to maneuver to positions of relative safety. Alertly observing three North Vietnamese soldiers launching a determined assault upon his comrades, he boldly exposed himself to the intense hostile fire and aggressively engaged the enemy soldiers, killing two of them. Although seriously wounded by a hostile sniper, he ignored his painful injury and steadfastly remained in his hazardous position, until forcibly restrained and moved to a covered position by fellow Marines_ His resolute determination and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission_ By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Private First Class Chiofolo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Navel Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


CHISM, SAMUEL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Samuel M. Chism (2200443), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 13th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Chism upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Charleston, Illinois


CHRISTENSEN, HARRY C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry C. Christensen, Corporal, 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 January 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Christensen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Marblehead, Massachusetts


CHRISTY, HOWARD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Howard A. Christy (0-69814), Captain, 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 21 May 1966.
Home Town: Provo, Utah


CINCOTTA, THOMAS ANTONE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Antone Cincotta (2483094), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Cincotta upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Rafael, California


CIRIE, JACK A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to Jack A. Cirie, Captain, 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 May 8, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cirie upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, General Orders No. 8074 (1971)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


CISNEROS, TONY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tony A. Cisneros (2327825), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 February 1968, Private First Class Cisneros' platoon was pinned down by the fire from an estimated North Vietnamese Army battalion south of Gio Linh and sustained numerous casualties. Observing a wounded Marine lying fifty meters to his front, Private First Class Cisneros completely disregarded his own safety and crawled under intense hostile fire to retrieve the casualty. En route to the injured man, he fired to light antitank assault round at hostile emplacements, killing three enemy soldiers. Upon reaching the wounded Marine, Private First Class Cisneros picked up his companion and began carrying him back toward the friendly lines when he was forced to stop and return fire due to the increasing intensity of enemy fire. Undaunted, he again picked up the casualty and had returned to within twenty-five meters of his platoon's position when he was wounded in the foot and ankle. Although he was unable to continue, his proximity to Marine positions facilitated the prompt rescue of both himself and his companion. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Private First Class Cisneros undoubtedly saved the life of his wounded comrade and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oakland, California


CLANCY, JOHN J., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Clancy, III (0-85172), First Lieutenant, 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 March 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Clancy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Norcross, Georgia


CLARK, DELBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Delbert E. Clark (2036461), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 5, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Clark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jackson, Mississippi


CLARK, FRANK A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frank A. Clark (0-58931), Lieutenant Colonel, 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 November 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Clark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portsmouth, Rhode Island


CLARK, JOHN L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John L. Clark, Jr. (4720662), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Clark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska


CLARK, JOHNNIE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Johnnie M. Clark (2397358), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Clark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Petersburg, Florida


CLARK, REED M
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Reed M Clark (0-78778), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Clark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


*CLARK, ROBERT N., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert N. Clark, Jr. (0-93883), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 March 1967.
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


CLARK, STEPHEN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen W. Clark (0-91131), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 235 (VMA(AW)-235), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Clark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Plymouth, California


CLARY, WILLIAM B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to William B. Clary (0-88003), Captain, 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 June 3, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Clary upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, General Orders No. 7649 (1970)
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia


CLAY, HENRY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry H. Clay (2403575), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 22, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Clay upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


CLEARY, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert E. Cleary (1223540), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Cleary upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tewksbury, Massachusetts


CLEMENTS, CHARLES G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles G. Clements (1938124), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 16, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Clements upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas


CLEMENTS, MARVIN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marvin W. Clements (2357427), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Clements upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


CLEVEN, WAYNE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne R. Cleven (0-100125), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Cleven upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hewlett, New York


*CLUTE, MICHAEL A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael A. Clute (2454839), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Clute upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hinsdale, New York

COACHMAN, ALBERT H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert H. Coachman (2350228), Corporal, 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 February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Coachman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


*COATS, CHARLES T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles T. Coats (2352780), Lance 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 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Coats upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Klamath Falls, Oregon


COBB, DANIEL J., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel J. Cobb, III (0-85599), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cobb upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Santa Barbara, California


CODY, RICHARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard L. Cody (0-85109), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cody upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Richmond, California


COE, MICHAEL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael G. Coe (0-101819), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Coe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Del Rio, Texas


COLASANTI, ROBERT J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Colasanti (2027058), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in connection with operations against the enemy In the Republic of Vietnam. On 2 May 1968, Company G became heavily engaged With a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force in the village of Dinh To in Quang Tri Province and two platoons were pinned down by the intense fire. Aggressively leading his platoon forward from its reserve position. Sergeant Colasanti established a base of fire which enabled the beleaguered platoon to withdraw. Subsequently, the enemy launched a fierce counterattack. Repeatedly exposing himself to hostile fire, he directed and encouraged his men, threw hand grenades at the enemy from his positioning the open and delivered accurate fire with his rifle to disrupt the attack. As the withdrawal progressed, Sergeant Colasanti observed two seriously wounded Marines pinned down by the enemy fire. Completely disregarding his own safety, he moved to the side on the injured men and Helped them move to a more secure position to the rear. Returning to a forward Position, he resolutely remained in the precarious position until all of the Marines Had moved to safety. By his dauntless courage, heroic action and selfless devotion To duty at a great personal risk, Sergeant Colasanti was instrumental in minimizing The number of friendly casualties and upheld the highest tradition of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Grosse Point Woods, Michigan


*COLBY, BRIAN L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Brian L. Colby (2261912), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st 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, Lance Corporal Colby upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lansing, Michigan


COLEMAN, DAVID M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David M. Coleman (2200633), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Coleman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dunbar, West Virginia


*COLEMAN, GEORGE W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to George W. Coleman (0-103411), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Coleman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Wildwood Crest, New Jersey


COLEMAN, MATTHEW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Matthew Coleman (2258782), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Coleman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana


*COLLINS, DAVID L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David L. Collins (2127450), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a rifleman with Company F, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Republic of Vietnam on 1 February 1968. During Operation HUE CITY, Corporal Collins' platoon was taken under devastating small-arms, automatic weapons and rocket fire by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. In the initial moments of the attack, the lead squad sustained several casualties and was pinned down. Although carrying his radio, he moved forward through the intense enemy fire to direct accurate fire against the enemy. As the unit was reinforced with tanks, and because of the lack of communications between the tanks and infantry, Corporal Collins dashed through the fire-swept streets and climbed on top of one of the vehicles to direct their fire. Although he was exposed to enemy fire, he steadfastly maintained radio contact with the tanks and fired his weapon. Undaunted by the heavy volume of fire directed at him, he courageously maintained his precarious position and continued to direct the tanks until he was mortally wounded. By his bold initiative, gallant fighting spirit and loyal devotion to duty, Corporal Collins reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Carson City, California


COLLINS, EDWARD, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward Collins, Jr. (2404021), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 March 1968, during Operation SCOTLAND, Company B was engaged in patrol activities near Khe Sanh Combat Base, when the lead elements came under intense mortar and automatic weapons fire from a well entrenched, numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force, temporarily pinning down the Marines and causing several casualties. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Private First Class Collins completely disregarded his own safety as he unhesitatingly ran across the fire-swept area on four occasions and boldly assaulted the hostile bunkers, killing several enemy soldiers and destroying four emplacements, enabling his unit to continue the attack. Although temporarily stunned when a hostile grenade struck his helmet, he quickly recovered and continued his assault, killing five additional North Vietnamese soldiers before the company was ordered to break contact. While the remainder of his unit was withdrawing, he resolutely remained behind to provide highly effective covering fire and assist in the evacuation of the wounded. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly in his unit accounting for 115 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Private First Class Collins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Drew, Mississippi


*COLLINS, JAMES A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James A. Collins (2086051), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with the Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 20 January 1968, Private First Class Collins was the Point Man for a patrol operating in the vicinity of Hill 881 near Khe Sanh. As he moved in front of the patrol, he observed several well-concealed spider holes and unhesitatingly fired into them, alerting his companions. Although seriously wounded in the initial moments of the fire fight, he declined medical assistance and continued to direct accurate fire against the enemy. Fully realizing the seriousness of his injury, he refused evacuation and remained in his exposed position to pinpoint the location of the enemy and direct his patrol's fire. Subsequently, he was medically evacuated from the hazardous area and later succumbed to the severity of his wounds. His heroic actions and calm presence of mind were instrumental in enabling is companions to reach more advantageous positions and undoubtedly saved several Marine lives. By his indomitable fighting spirit, inspiring courage and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Collins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Broadwell, Illinois


COLLINS, PATRICK G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patrick G. Collins (0-76230), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 14, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Collins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Grosse Ile, Michigan


COMPTON, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Compton (0-71749), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 13 - 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Compton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


CONATSER, BERNIS B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bernis B. Conatser (0-87397), Captain, 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 January 22, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Conatser upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


CONGER, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William A. Conger (0-82209), Captain, 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 February 14 - 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Conger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


CONNELL, GEORGE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George M. Connell (0-89342), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 May 1966.
Home Town: Cheverly, Maryland


*CONNELLY, EDWARD W., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward W. Connelly, Jr. (0-93033), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Connelly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Agawam, Massachusetts


CONNELLY, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Connelly (0-101824), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 April 1968.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


CONNER, SAMUEL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Samuel D. Conner (2122469), Lance 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 January 13, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Conner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


*CONTI, ROBERT F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert F. Conti (326403952), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Conti upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Emmanus, Pennsylvania


CONTRERAS, ANSELMO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anselmo Contreras (2110338), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 24 March 1967.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*CONVERY, JOSEPH F., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph F. Convery, Jr. (2347401), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Convery upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Chester, Pennsylvania


*COOKE, HAROLD T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harold T. Cooke (1686983), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 30, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Cooke upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: San Diego, California


COOMER, RICHARD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard R. Coomer (2397845), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Coomer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Placentia, California


COOPER, DAVID H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David H. Cooper (0-9515), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24 - 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Cooper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Abington, Pennsylvania


COOPER, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Cooper (0-67148), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Cooper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Penhood, Virginia


COOPER, THOMAS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas M. Cooper (0-85558), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 7, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cooper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Elizabethtown, Kentucky


COPELAND, RANDOLPH G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Randolph G. Copeland (0-80139), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Copeland upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


COPELAND, SHALOR, II
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Shalor Copeland, II (2307499), Lance 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 August 17, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Copeland upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


CORBETT, WAYNE, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne Corbett, Jr. (2134448), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 17, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Corbett upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


CORLISS, GREGORY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gregory A. Corliss (0-58138), 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 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Corliss upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Arlington, Virginia


CORNETT, CHARLES B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles B. Cornett (2307003), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 6, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Cornett upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Athens, Tennessee


*CORSINO, EDDIE N. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Eddie N. Corsino (278449236), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Corsino upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lorain, Ohio


COSTELLO, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Costello (2097787), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Costello upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Diego, California


COTHRAN, TERRY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry E. Cothran (2010356), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 14, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Cothran upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


*COTTER, RICHARD LANE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard Lane Cotter (0-105059), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 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 Cotter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Peabody, Massachusetts


COURTNEY, PAUL H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul H. Courtney (0-88591), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMM-363), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 13, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Courtney upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Leavenworth, Kansas


COWART, DAVID L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. Cowart (2281133), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Cowart upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania


COX, EUGENE P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene P. Cox (0-18940), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Task Force 77, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 16, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cox upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


COX, GEORGE W., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George W. Cox, Jr. (0-66082), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Executive Officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN (MAG-16), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 May 1969, Major Cox launched as Division Leader of a flight of three CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of inserting a Marine reconnaissance team into an area near a suspected enemy base camp five miles southwest of An Hoa. Aborting his first approach to the landing zone when he encountered intense hostile ground fire, he then selected an alternate insertion site, maneuvered his aircraft to a landing in an area covered by tall elephant grass, and began to disembark his eight-man increment. When the team came under an extremely heavy volume of enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire, it immediately began re-boarding the CH-46. Advised that all the Marine were aboard, Major Cox was lifting out of the area when he received a report that three team members were still on the ground. Undaunted by the intensity of the hostile fire directed against his aircraft, he completely disregarded his own safety as he boldly maneuvered his helicopter to a landing and resolutely remained in the fire-swept zone until the three men had embarked. As the CH-46 began to lift out of the dangerous area, one of the team members was struck by an enemy round and thrown from the ramp to the ground. When informed of the incident, Major Cox again braved the heavy volume of hostile fire as he landed in the hazardous area and fearlessly remained in his precarious position for the fifteen minutes required to locate the seriously injured and unconscious Marine, carry him to the helicopter, and place him aboard. Skillfully maneuvering his aircraft to elude enemy fire, he then lifted out of the perilous area and proceeded to the medical facility at An Hoa. By his courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Major Cox was instrumental in saving the lives of several of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Overland Park, Kansas


COX, LESTER E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lester E. Cox, Jr., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 11, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Cox upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


COX, ROBERT K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert K. Cox (2477312), 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 4, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Cox upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Shelton, Connecticut


*CRAMER, ROBERT M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert M. Cramer (0-76778), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMM-362), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Cramer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Stoutland, Missouri


CRAVENS, MICHAEL J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Cravens (2235732), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Assault Man in the 3rd Platoon of Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, against North Vietnamese (NVA) forces in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 September 1967. Private First Class Cravens' unit was sent out as a reaction force to relieve pressure on a vehicle convoy which had been ambushed by NVA forces on Route 9, just west of the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province. Company L linked up with Company I at the ambush site and deployed to assault the enemy force that had inflicted severe casualties upon Company I. Private First Class Cravens was on the left flank when the entire company became pinned down by heavy machine gun fire from enemy positions to the front of the company. The unit began taking heavy casualties and was unable to continue the assault. Private First Class Craven spotted the machine gun position and immediately made a frontal assault directly into the enemy position. With total disregard for his own safety and through withering enemy fire, he killed the enemy gun crew with his rifle and the Company was then able to continue the attack, driving the NVA forces from the hilltop position. Private First Class Cravens then was ordered to take the captured machine gun down the slope to Route 9 to the Company Commander. When he got to the road, he observed six wounded Marines in exposed positions taking direct fire from the enemy. Private First Class Cravens summoned help from another Marine and the two, of them made three trips across the road under heavy enemy fire, retrieving the six wounded Marines and saving their lives. By his extraordinary courage, inspiring valor, and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Cravens reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


*CRAWFORD, CURTIS EUGENE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Curtis Eugene Crawford (2127011), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company G, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in Vietnam on 28 February 1967. On this day Company G made solid contact with a larger enemy force in the vicinity of Hill 124, just northwest of Cam Lo. The enemy was well dug-in and was able to put out such a volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire that the company was pinned down. Under a hail of hostile fire, Corporal CrawFord, a machine gun squad leader, brought his guns forward and set them up on the left flank of his platoon's most forward positions, only 40 meters from enemy emplacements. From this position, he caught sight of a Marine who had been wounded during one of the earlier assaults. Unhesitatingly, he bounded forward, exposing himself to enemy fire to render assistance to the fallen Marine. As he cleared his cover an enemy sniper opened up from close range wounding him in the leg and knocking him to the ground. Ignoring his wound, Corporal CrawFord was able to whirl and send a lethal burst of rifle fire into the sniper's spider hole, killing him. He then continued to move forward to the Marine casualty. He had advanced only several more meters, when he was fired upon again and mortally wounded. Corporal CrawFord's selfless courage, perseverance and loyal 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: Dunkirk, New York


CRAWL, DANIEL, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel Crawl, Jr. (2178449), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Ammunition Technician with Force Logistic Support Unit, Force Logistic Support Group Alpha, Force Logistic Command, in connection with operations against insurgent Communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 3 September 1967, the Dong Ha Combat Base came under a heavy enemy artillery attack and several rounds impacted in the Ammunition Supply Point containing 18,000 tons of ordnance, which resulted in large secondary explosions, scattering fragments and sensitized ordnance over a wide area. Although trapped in a bunker in the hazardous area, Lance Corporal Crawl, realizing the seriousness of the situation, left the relative safety of the bunker and guided several of the dazed Marines to safety. Upon arriving at the aid station, he observed that all members of the Ammunition Platoon were not accounted for. Accompanied by another Marine, he unhesitatingly returned to the dangerous area to search for the trapped Marines. Despite fragmentation wounds received from exploding ordnance, he resolutely continued his search, located more of his comrades and led them to safety. Informed that additional personnel were still in the hazardous area, Lance Corporal Crawl, ignoring his painful injuries, fearlessly reentered the Ammunition Supply Point for the second time and successfully returned with the remaining members of the platoon. His heroic actions and selfless concern for the welfare of his fellow Marines were an inspiration to all who observed him and undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades. By his courage, unfaltering determination and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Crawl upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


CREECH, JIMMIE A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jimmie A. Creech (0-77879), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 26, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Creech upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jenkins, Kentucky


CREED, JERRY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry L. Creed (0-110455), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Reconnaissance Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 5, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Creed upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: El Dorado, Kansas


CREEL, JOHN B., JR.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Creel, Jr. (0-89621), Captain, 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 9 September 1965.

CREEL, JOHN B., JR.
(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 John B. Creel, Jr. (0-89621), Second 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 9 September 1965.
Home Town: Thomaston, Connecticut
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


CREELMAN, MALCOM W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Malcom W. Creelman (2393161), 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 September 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Creelman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rhode Island


CREWS, CURTIS T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Curtis T. Crews (0-90827), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMM-367), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Crews upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Burke, Virginia


CROFT, HAROLD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold A. Croft (2249792), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Croft upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Malden, Massachusetts


*CROOKS, RONALD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald L. Crooks (2214965), 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 June 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Crooks upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hickory, North Carolina


CROSS, ROBERT J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Cross, Jr. (0-94633), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Cross upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


CROUCH, GEORGE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George M. Crouch (1938468), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 15, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Crouch upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


*CROUCH, JACK E., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jack E. Crouch, Jr. (2115687), Lance 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 September 22, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Crouch upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Mount Vernon, Illinois


CROWDER, DAVID L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. Crowder (2400990), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Crowder upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia


*CRUZ, LUIS A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Luis A. Cruz (87421797), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 4, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Cruz 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


CUDDY, FRANCIS J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francis J. Cuddy, Jr. (0-94240), 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 June 8, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cuddy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Samford, Connecticut


*CUDNIK, EDMUND V. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edmund V. Cudnik (2421050), Private First Class, 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 December 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Cudnik upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


CULLEN, TERENCE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terence M. Cullen (0-100156), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Cullen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ithaca, New York


CULVER, RICHARD O., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard O. Culver, Jr. (0-75696), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Culver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cour d' Alene, Idaho


*CUMBIE, WILLIAM THOMAS (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William Thomas Cumbie (2308561), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Scout Dog Handler with Company I, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 February 1969, Corporal Cumbie was acting as Point Man for Company I during a search and destroy operation when he alertly observed a hostile force occupying a well-concealed ambush site. With complete disregard for his own safety, he unhesitatingly shouted a warning to his fellow Marines and commenced directing accurate fire on the enemy. Although aware of the danger involved, he steadfastly remained in his exposed position and continued drawing the attention of the hostile soldiers as his companions deployed to covered fighting positions. While engaged in this selfless task, he was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and saved numerous Marines from serious injury or possible death. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Cumbie contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


CUMMINGS, CHARLES H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles H. Cummings (2359128), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 14, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Cummings upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Washington, Illinois


CUMMINGS, JOHN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Cummings (0-83974), Captain, 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 August 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cummings upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Olathe, Kansas


CUNNINGHAM, FREDERICK R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick R. Cunningham (0-100158), First Lieutenant, 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 February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Cunningham upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Glen Ellyn, Illinois


CURD, JAMES H. R.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James H. R. Curd (0-70637), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 March 1967.

CURD, JAMES H. R.
(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 James H. R. Curd (0-70637), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 24 March 1967.
Home Town: Golden, Colorado
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


*CURRY, JIMMY D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jimmy D. Curry (2196774), Corporal, 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 September 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Curry upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: San Jose, California


CURRY, RICHARD T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard T. Curry (2131932), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Curry upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Waltham, Massachusetts


CUSHMAN, EARL D., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl D. Cushman, Jr., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Engineer Battalion, 3d 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, Corporal Cushman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*CUTBIRTH, RICHARD EUGENE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard Eugene Cutbirth (2377740), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gun Squad Leader with Company F, Second Battalion, Third Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 28 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. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Cutbirth skillfully directed the delivery of accurate machine gun fire upon the enemy. When elements of his company became dangerously low of ammunition during the ensuing fire fight, he unhesitatingly exposed himself to the intense fire and moved from one position to another, distributing critically needed ammunition and shouting words of encouragement to his comrades. On several occasions, he boldly maneuvered about the fire-swept terrain, moving injured Marines to positions of relative safety and administering first aid. As the enemy advanced to within fifteen meters of his squad's position, Lance Corporal Cutbirth fearlessly commenced throwing hand grenades at the attacking force, inflicting numerous casualties and forcing the North Vietnamese soldiers to withdraw. Seizing a rifle, he steadfastly directed accurate fire on the enemy until he was mortally wounded. His heroic actions and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Cutbirth 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: Marionville, Missouri


*CUTSHALL, DAVID WARREN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David Warren Cutshall (2217976), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gun Team Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division. On 6 March 1968, during a company-size operation near Con Thien, Lance Corporal Cutshall's platoon came under intense enemy automatic weapons, mortar and artillery fire from a well entrenched battalion of North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Observing enemy movement through the brush, he marked the area with machine gun tracer rounds, which enabled an anti-tank assault team to destroy an enemy bunker with rocket fire. Throughout the five-hour firefight, he maintained a critical position and directed highly effective machine gun fire upon the enemy. Ordered to withdraw to a more advantageous position, he provided covering fire for his companions as they moved to join their platoon. While preparing to throw a hand grenade, Lance Corporal Cutshall was severely wounded by enemy grenade fragments, which caused him to drop his grenade. Without regard for his own safety, he immediately fell upon the activated grenade to shield his companions. Although he was killed when it exploded, he undoubtedly saved the lives of his three companions. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Cutshall upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rapid City, South Dakota

 

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