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EARLY, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard J. Early (0-105077), Second 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 October 12, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Early upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bronx, New York


EASTER, BOYCE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Boyce E. Easter, 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 March 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Easter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Charolotte, North Carolina


EATON, ROBERT F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert F. Eaton, 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 June 23, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Eaton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bedford, Indiana


EBERHARDT, EDWARD V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward V. Eberhardt (2163646), Sergeant, 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 May 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Eberhardt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut


*ECTOR, JERRY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerry Ector (2406562), Private First Class, 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 July 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Ector upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


EDGAR, GENE E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gene E. Edgar (2337757), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gunner 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, Company B was attacking a North Vietnamese battalion southeast of the Khe Sanh Combat Base when the Marines suddenly came under a heavy volume of mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire. Undaunted by the enemy rounds impacting near him, Private First Class Edgar fearlessly maneuvered about the fire-swept terrain while accurately throwing hand grenades into the apertures of hostile bunkers, accounting for several enemy soldiers killed. Continuing his determined efforts, he was assisting several wounded Marines from the hazardous area when he was seriously wounded. Ignoring his painful injury, he launched an aggressive assault upon the enemy positions and silenced several additional North Vietnamese emplacements. Subsequently, when his unit commenced to withdraw to a more defensible position, he assisted in evacuating wounded Marines to positions of relative safety. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his unit accounting for 115 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Private First Class Edgar 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.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


*EDWARDS, DANIEL L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Daniel L. Edwards (2291073), Private First Class, 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 August 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Edwards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Ceredo, West Virginia


EDWARDS, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Edwards (2337706), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d 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, Private First Class Edwards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


*EDWARDS, TED W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ted W. Edwards (0-100215), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 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, Second Lieutenant Edwards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Charlotte, North Carolina


EDWARDS, THOMAS B, III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas B Edwards, III (0-103468), First Lieutenant, 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 August 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Edwards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky


EGGER, CHARLES H. F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles H. F. Egger (0-63656), Major, 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 September 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Egger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: West Palm Beach, Florida


EGGERS, MICHAEL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael A. Eggers (2313037), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Eggers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


EICHLER, THOMAS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas J. Eichler, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving as Weapons Platoon Sergeant with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division. During the early morning hours of 5 February 1968, when Company E's defensive position on Hill 861A near Khe Sanh was attacked by an estimated two North Vietnamese Army companies utilizing mortars, grenades, automatic weapons, and small arms, Corporal Eichler left his position with the rear elements and volunteered to assist the First Platoon which had sustained numerous casualties. With complete disregard for his own safety, he courageously made three trips to the forward position and evacuated wounded men to a safe area. Subsequently, when the enemy force penetrated the defensive perimeter, Corporal Eichler aided in the counterattack by bringing ammunition re-supplies to the command post and front line positions. His courageous actions with complete disregard for his own safety, enabled the unit to deliver an uninterrupted volume of effective fire, repulsing the attackers. Corporal Eichler's courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of intense enemy fire were an inspiration to all who observed him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


EISENBACH, CHARLES R., II
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Eisenbach, II (0-101622), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Eisenbach upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Annapolis, Maryland


EISENSON, HENRY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry L. Eisenson (0-78516), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Eisenson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida


EISENSTEIN, JOEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joel Eisenstein (0-111585), First Lieutenant, 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 April 1, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Eisenstein upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


ELDER, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Elder (2014043), 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 9 September 1965.
Home Town: Fort Wayne, Indiana


*ELKINS, ROGER I. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Roger I. Elkins (2387144), Private First Class, 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 February 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Elkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Fort Gibson, Oklahoma


*ELLEFSON, DAVID J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David J. Ellefson (542600326), Lance 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 22, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ellefson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: North Bend, Oregon


ELLER, FRANKLIN P., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Franklin P. Eller, Jr. (0-67808), 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 December 31, 1964. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Eller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Middle River, Maryland


*ELLER, JOHN ARTHUR (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Arthur Eller (2351913), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company D, First Military Police Battalion, Force Logistics Command, THIRD Marine Amphibious Force, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 23 August 1968, a friendly defensive unit, providing security for the Cam Le Bridge located near DaNang, suddenly came under intense small arms fire and a grenade attack supporting a determined ground assault by a large enemy force. During the ensuing fire fight, the hostile soldiers penetrated the perimeter and seized the southern defensive positions. Observing the engagement from an observation tower on the northern side of the bridge, Lance Corporal Eller rapidly organized a group of Marines and immediately deployed them to launch an attack against the enemy force. Skillfully leading his men across the bridge, the Marines had advanced approximately 180 meters when they came under a heavy volume of hostile fire and became pinned down. Boldly exposing himself to the enemy fire, Lance Corporal Eller unhesitatingly continued to advance and sustained a serious wound. Disregarding his painful injury, he fearlessly maneuvered across an additional 100 meters of the fire-swept bridge while delivering suppressive machine gun fire upon the hostile emplacements. Undaunted by the enemy fire, he advanced to within twenty-five meters of the hostile positions and, ignoring a second wound, threw several hand grenades into the enemy emplacements which killed two hostile soldiers. Continuing his determined efforts, he delivered devastating machine gun fire upon the enemy until he was mortally wounded. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Eller inspired all who observed him 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: Norfolk, Virginia


ELLIS, FRANK B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frank B. Ellis (0-84468), Major, 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 January 14, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Ellis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Austin, Texas


ELLIS, GERALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gerald L. Ellis (0-70766), Major, 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 September 27, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Ellis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cherry Point, North Carolina


EMBERGER, GEORGE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George J. Emberger (1336158), Staff Sergeant, 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 April 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Emberger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


EMERICK, GEORGE A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George A. Emerick (1863789), Sergeant, 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 April 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Emerick upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chesterfield, Michigan


*EMERSON, WILLIAM (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William Emerson (0-93908), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Emerson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Concord, Massachusetts


EMERY, LAWRENCE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence W. Emery (2012328), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 29, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Emery upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Carrollton, Ohio


*EMRICK, ERVIN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ervin J. Emrick (1889464), Staff 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 11 May 1969.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


*ENEDY, ROBERT JOHN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert John Enedy (2151824), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company H, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 April 1968, Sergeant Enedy's unit was assigned to assault the fortified village of Dai Do in Quang Tri Province which was defended by a company of North Vietnamese Army Regulars supported by artillery, rockets, mortars and recoilless rifles. After preparatory artillery fires were delivered on the area, Company H assaulted across 350 meters of rice paddy under cover of a smoke screen, and encountered intense fire from the well entrenched enemy force. Ignoring the hostile fire around him, Sergeant Enedy led his men directly into a bunker complex, while shouting encouragement an directing his squad in the attack. Seriously wounded by enemy small arms fire, he resolutely ignored his own injury and, refusing evacuation, continued to encourage his men and direct their fire against the North Vietnamese until he succumbed to his wounds. His heroic actions and dynamic leadership were instrumental in the defeat of the enemy force and were an inspiration to all who observed him. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Enedy 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: San Diego, California


ENGEL, DONALD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald F. Engel (0-92342), 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 November 26, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Engel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Springfield, Ohio


ENGLADE, BERTLY V., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bertly V. Englade, Jr. (2384912), 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 April 4, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Englade upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Belle Chasse, Louisiana


EPPS, ROBBIE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robbie L. Epps (2334217), Lance Corporal, 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, Lance Corporal Epps upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Gainesville, Florida


ERICKSEN, ERIK C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Erik C. Ericksen (2386023), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th 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, Sergeant Ericksen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Orion, Ohio


ERICKSON, ROGER A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roger A. Erickson (0-92924), 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 September 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Erickson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


ERIKSEN, DARRELL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Darrell G. Eriksen (2348367), Sergeant, 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 March 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Eriksen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


ERON, JOHN R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Eron (2277659), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 16 March 1968, Lance Corporal Eron's unit was conducting a search and destroy operation near Con Thien when the Marines suddenly came under intense hostile fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, Lance Corporal Eron directed his men's fire into the hostile emplacements and silenced the enemy fire. As he maneuvered his squad forward toward a tree line, the unit again came under intense fire and several men were wounded. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he immediately delivered a heavy volume of fire at the enemy emplacements and directed his men to withdraw to covered positions. Under covering fire from his men, he unhesitatingly moved about the fire-swept terrain and carried the casualties to relatively safe positions. As he moved the wound men from the hazardous area, he threw hand grenades into the hostile emplacements and personally accounted for several enemy soldiers confirmed killed. Ignoring the enemy rounds impacting near him, Lance Corporal Eron skillfully administered first aid to the injured men while simultaneously directing his men's fire at the enemy force. By his courage, superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Eron undoubtedly saved the lives of several Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fort Jackson, South Carolina


ERPELDING, WAYNE C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne C. Erpelding (2143564), Lance 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 February 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Erpelding upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Waterloo, Iowa


ESHELMAN, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William P. Eshelman (0-77473), 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 February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Eshelman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Silver Spring, Maryland


ESMOND, DONALD V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald V. Esmond (0-95503), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with 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 the morning of 17 November 1969, First Lieutenant Esmond launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of casualties from a Second Republic of Korea Marine Brigade unit which was operating eighteen miles southwest of DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, he was informed that the friendly unit was under intense enemy rocket, mortar, and automatic weapons fire and that the number of wounded Koreans had risen to seven with four requiring immediate extraction. Skillfully coordinating his flight's approach with the fire of supporting gunships and the screening smoke laid down by an OV-10 aircraft, First Lieutenant Esmond undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile fire directed at his helicopter, expertly maneuvered his CH-46 to a landing in the fire-swept area. As his aircraft touched down, it was struck by fragments from exploding enemy rounds, seriously damaging the CH-46 and wounding him. Despite his painful wounds, he resolutely held his aircraft in its precarious position until all the casualties were placed aboard, and then lifted out of the hazardous area. Although an enemy round had severed the pressure line to the forward transmission, he skillfully maintained his controls to keep his crippled helicopter airborne. When informed that two of his crewmen were critically wounded and that there was a sizable hydraulic leak in the number two boost system, First Lieutenant Esmond maintained a flight pattern at 1,000 foot altitude in an attempt to reach the Marble Mountain Air Facility and, when his number two and utility boost systems completely failed, maneuvered his CH-46 to a safe landing on a beach. Quickly securing his aircraft, he assisted in transferring the wounded Marines and the Korean casualties to his wingman's helicopter which had landed nearby and then proceeded to the hospital facility at Marble Mountain. By his courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, First Lieutenant Esmond upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Akron, Ohio


ESPENES, OLAV J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Olav J. Espenes (0-105504), Second Lieutenant, 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 August 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Espenes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


ESPINOLA, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Espinola (2289764), 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 January 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Espinola upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


ESSLINGER, DEAN E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dean E. Esslinger (0-45012), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation Union, Lieutenant Colonel Esslinger repeatedly exhibited exceptional leadership and professionalism in leading his men against North Vietnamese Army forces. On 21 April 1967, he led his battalion in a helicopter force assault mission to reinforce Company F of the Second Battalion, First Marines which was heavily engaged with a numerically superior enemy force. Locating his command post in a forward position in order to better control and direct his companies, he reacted instantly to the critical situation, moving to join the companies most heavily engaged with the enemy. Despite intensive enemy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire, he initiated an aggressive assault on the fortified enemy positions, repeatedly exposing himself to hostile fire to pinpoint the Viet Cong positions and to encourage his men in maintaining the momentum of the attack. Although wounded on 28 April, Lieutenant Colonel Esslinger refused medical evacuation and, undaunted by the heavy volume of enemy fire, courageously continued to lead his battalion, soundly defeating the enemy at each encounter. Again on 13 and 14 May when heavy contact was made with a reinforced North Vietnamese Army battalion concealed in a fortified complex, he demonstrated outstanding knowledge of military tactics as he skillfully employed his battalion and personally directed and coordinated artillery, naval gunfire and close air support. On 26 May while his battalion was heavily engaged with a numerically superior enemy force, Lieutenant Colonel Esslinger was seriously wounded in the head but again refused medical aid in order to continue in battle. With complete disregard for his own safety and welfare, he moved from one position to another to direct and encourage his men. Although unable to stand because of his extremely painful head wound, he selflessly continued to direct his unit's operation until the regimental commander ordered his medical evacuation. In large part due to his expertly conceived and skillfully directed operations, his battalion accounted for 420 enemy soldiers confirmed killed and destroyed numerous enemy emplacements and caves. Throughout, his manner and method of command instilled confidence and resolute determination which inspired his men to their utmost efforts. By his exceptional leadership, aggressive fighting spirit and loyal devotion to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Esslinger 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.
Home Town: Sheffield, Iowa


*ESTES, EDWARD S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward S. Estes (2329731), Lance Corporal, 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 February 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Estes 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


EUBANK, GARETH D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gareth D. Eubank (2420441), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Grenadier with Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 28 August 1968, Company L was occupying a defensive position near the Rockpile in Quang Tri Province when the Marines were attacked by a large North Vietnamese Army force employing mortars, small arms, automatic weapons and hand grenades. Alertly observing that the listening post located forward of the company perimeter was in danger of being overrun, Private First Class Eubank fearlessly moved from his fighting hole, and assuming a dangerously exposed firing position along a trail leading to the beleaguered post, he commenced delivering an accurate volume of suppressive grenade launcher fire on the hostile soldiers, enabling his comrades to maneuver back to the friendly lines. As the advancing enemy turned the brunt of their attack upon the main company defenses, he boldly remained in his hazardous position and was continuing his effective fire when he was painfully wounded. Ignoring his injury, Private First Class Eubank resolutely manned his position and, despite two additional serious wound, continued his determined efforts until the initial North Vietnamese assault had been smashed. Realizing how exposed his location was, Private First Class Eubank refused to allow a Corpsman to come to his aid and tenaciously crawled to a safe area for treatment. His daring imitative and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission, By his courage, resolute determination and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Eubank upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


EVANS, EDDIE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eddie L. Evans (2094918), Corporal, 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, Corporal Evans upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


EVANS, GARY G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary G. Evans (2269577), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 26 May 1967.
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


*EVERETT, LUCIOUS L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lucious L. Everett (2106822), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 9, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Everett 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


EVERETT, MICHAEL T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael T. Everett (2372400), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (HMM-165), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 15 April 1969, Lance Corporal Everett launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned a medical evacuation mission near DaNang. Arriving over the designated area, he skillfully guided the pilot as he maneuvered the aircraft into a hover over the pick-up zone, then lowered a stretcher on a hoist. When it did not reach the ground, he again assisted the pilot as he lowered the helicopter below the level of the treetops, then kept him advised of the situation during the entire ten minutes it took to complete the extraction. After the casualty was transported to a medical facility, his helicopter was assigned to extract three seriously wounded Korean Marines. Two previous medical evacuation attempts had failed when the aircraft were badly damaged by enemy fire. While his pilot maneuvered the aircraft into the zone, under the suppressive fire from two supporting gunships. Lance Corporal Everett unhesitatingly exposed himself to hostile fire as he leaned out of the right door of the helicopter and guided the pilot to a safe landing in the hazardous zone. After helping to embark the injured men, he again assisted the pilot as they departed the landing zone. A few hours later, he launched on a mission to extract the wounded members of a reconnaissance team which was surrounded by the enemy. By the time his aircraft arrived over the designated area, it had become necessary to extract the entire eight-man team, seven of whom had been wounded. When the helicopter landed on a small knoll thirty meters up the slope from the team's position, Lance Corporal Everett, accompanied by the corpsman, fearlessly left his aircraft and, for twenty-five minutes, searched in the darkness for the wounded Marines. Upon locating each casualty, Lance Corporal Everett braved the intense enemy fire, raking the area as he carried the wounded back up the hill and placed them on the helicopter for evacuation and, as the helicopter departed the area, he assisted the corpsman administer first aid to the casualties. By his courage, resolute determination and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Everett inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Meridian, Mississippi


EWERS, NORMAN G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norman G. Ewers (0-28152), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Ewers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tujungai, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Korea), Silver Star (Vietnam)

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*FALK, FREDERICK J., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Frederick J. Falk, Jr. (2322062), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Falk upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Torrington, California


FANTER, STEPHEN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen A. Fanter (2250623), 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 October 11, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Fanter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


FARLEY, JAMES C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James C. Farley, Jr. (1937825), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Farley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona


*FARLOW, GARY A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gary A. Farlow (2263163), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Farlow upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: North Olmstead, Ohio


FASSETT, RANDOLPH D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Randolph D. Fassett (1963302), Sergeant, 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 July 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Fassett upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sacramento, California


FEDOROWICZ, JOHN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Fedorowicz, Sergeant, 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.


FEILLE, WILLIAM B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William B. Feille (0-88825), First Lieutenant, 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 December 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Feille upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas


FELLERS, ROBERT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert M. Fellers (0-90862), Second Lieutenant, 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 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Fellers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tulsa, Oklahoma


FENTON, LARRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry W. Fenton (0-102803), Captain, 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 June 7 - 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Fenton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Aurora, Missouri


FERRACANE, LOUIS J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis J. Ferracane, Jr. (0-90153), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 153 (VMA(AW)-153), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 29, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ferracane upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Braintree, Massachusetts


FESTA, DONALD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald Festa (0-76922), 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 3 March 1967.
Home Town: Stafford, Virginia


FIALA, JOSEPH B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph B. Fiala (2231752), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, Amphibious Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Fiala upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Great Falls, Montana


FIELDS, JOSEPH P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph P. Fields (2080918), Corporal, 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 December 19, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Fields upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lakeland, Florida


FIGUEROA, DENNIS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis C. Figueroa (2197951), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Figueroa upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Concord, California


FILLON, WILLIAM L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William L. Fillon (2132270), 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 February 2, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Fillon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Weymouth, Massachusetts


*FINKEL, CHARLES (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles Finkel (2282715), 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 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Finkel 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


*FISCH, DAVID A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David A. Fisch (2197161), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an infantry Fire Team Leader with Company F, Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 May 1967. Company F became engaged in combat with an estimated battalion of the North Vietnamese Army entrenched in bunkers near Phu Oc, Quang Tri Province. During the battle a Marine fell mortally wounded approximately ten meters from the enemy bunkers. Lance Corporal Fisch, with complete disregard for his own safety, unhesitatingly volunteered to go to the aid of the wounded Marine. He bravely advanced from a covered position across an exposed area under a heavy volume of enemy automatic weapons fire and hand grenades to the wounded Marine's side and was killed by enemy fire while trying to pull his comrade to safety. Lance Corporal Fisch's outstanding courage and selfless efforts in behalf of another served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: June 10, 1946 at LeMars, Iowa
Home Town: Remsen, Iowa


FISHER, JEFFREY M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jeffrey M. Fisher (0-93917), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Fisher upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Williamsport, Pennsylvania


FISHER, JOSEPH R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph R. Fisher (0-45857), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 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 - 24, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Fisher upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Westwood, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Korea), Silver Star (Vietnam)


FISHER, LARRY P.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry P. Fisher (1957045), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Sergeant with Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 November 1968, Company L was conducting a search and destroy operation near the Demilitarized Zone in Quang Tri Province when the detonation of an enemy explosive device caused the unit to sustain several casualties. Rapidly assessing the situation, Staff Sergeant Fisher realized that the point element had entered a hostile minefield and directed everyone to remain in position. Observing a seriously wounded Marines lying nearby he utilized his bayonet as a probe, and clearing a path to the man's side, commenced treating his injuries. Realizing the casualty required more professional treatment; he again probed the ground with his bayonet to clear a path and, obtaining a Corpsman, returned with him to assist him in the lifesaving efforts. When the Corpsman had completed caring for the wounded Marine, Staff Sergeant Fisher on three more occasions, fearlessly provided safe routes to other injured men. After requesting a medical evacuation helicopter, he proceeded to utilize the same method for preparing a safe landing zone. When the aircraft had embarked the casualties, he returned to the mined area despite intermittent enemy rocket and artillery fire and commenced gathering the injured Marines' weapons and equipment. By his courage, bold initiative and unfaltering devotion to Staff Sergeant was instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


FISHER, THOMAS F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas F. Fisher (2143355), 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 July 5, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Fisher upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


FITCH, WILLIAM H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William H. Fitch (0-55351), Lieutenant Colonel, 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, Lieutenant Colonel Fitch upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fort Meade, Florida


FITE, WILLIAM C., III
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William C. Fite, III (0-94694), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving in the Republic of Vietnam from 17 February 1968 to 24 February 1968. As Assistant Senior Marine Advisor to the Fourth Vietnamese Marine Corps Battalion during Operation HUE CITY, First Lieutenant Fite joined the lead company as it proceeded into action under an intense crossfire from enemy small arms and rockets. The enemy force was so well entrenched that, despite First Lieutenant Fite's direction of artillery missions and close air strikes to cover the advancing unit, the lead elements came under such withering fire that they were forced to withdraw, leaving their dead and wounded behind. First Lieutenant Fite immediately devised and initiated an evacuation plan, and moved forward again in an effort to more closely control and direct helicopter gunship fire against the entrenched enemy forces. Without regard for his own personal safety, First Lieutenant Fite remained in position with the lead element and directed air strikes into enemy positions less than 50 meters away. Taking advantage of the air strikes, several Vietnamese Marines crawled back to the wounded personnel and carried them to safety. First Lieutenant Fite's quick thinking and precise adjustment of gunship and artillery support enabled his unit to retrieve their wounded, thereby saving many lives. The battle continued to rage with increasing intensity, and First Lieutenant Fite remained with the lead units of the Fourth Battalion during the fight for the Citadel. He directed artillery and air support which significantly contributed to the overall success achieved by the Fourth Vietnamese Marine Corps Battalion during Operation HUE CITY. First Lieutenant Fite's indomitable spirit and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Clearwater, Florida


FITZGERALD, ARTHUR L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur L. Fitzgerald (663891), Gunnery Sergeant, 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 3, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Fitzgerald upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Maine


FLANAGAN, LAWRENCE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence J. Flanagan (0-57065), 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 May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Flanagan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sayville, New York


FLEISCHER, CHARLES W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles W. Fleischer, Jr. (0-104098), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 6, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Fleischer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Alameda, California


FLEMING, WILLIAM B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William B. Fleming (0-50585), Lieutenant Colonel, 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 December 2, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Fleming upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Putnam, Alabama


FLOOD, DENIS W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Denis W. Flood (2282676), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, Third Battalion, 5th Marines on 13 and 14 May 1967 in operations against elements of the North Vietnamese Army in the Republic of Vietnam. During Operation UNION, conducted in the vicinity of Phouc Duc (4), Quang Tin Province, Company M came under attack at 1230, 13 May 1967 by an unknown size enemy force utilizing small arms, machine guns, and mortars. Private First Class Flood courageously moved to the aid of several Marines who had become casualties. As directed by the Corpsman on the scene, he conducted an evacuation of these Marines across 250 meters of fire-swept terrain to the designated helicopter landing zone, returning each trip with much needed machine gun and small arms ammunition. At 0001, 14 May 1967, the Company defensive perimeter came under an intense enemy mortar, machine gun, and small arms preparation fires followed by a coordinated infantry assault. Suffering from wounds received in the initial mortar barrage, Private First Class Flood exhibited aggressive determination and courage by repeatedly exposing himself to the enemy attack, moving from position to position to ensure the resupply and distribution of ammunition. Assuming a leadership role, Private First Class Flood fearlessly remained in the front line position bolstering the fighting spirit of his rifle squad while personally delivering over 300 rounds of accurate and deadly fire into the assaulting enemy. His exceptional fighting spirit and initiative contributed in great measure to blunting the enemy attack. By his daring action, complete disregard for personal safety, and steadfast devotion to duty, Private First Class Flood reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


FLOREN, JIMMY ERIK (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jimmy Erik Floren (2325565), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 6, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Floren upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Klamath Falls, Oregon
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


FLORES, LIBRADO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Librado Flores (1166569), Staff 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 August 1, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Flores upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*FLOYD, DAVID A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David A. Floyd (2259076), Lance Corporal, 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 1 March 1969.
Home Town: Minden, Louisiana


FLOYD, DONALD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald Floyd (2269120), 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 February 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Floyd upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hamilton, Ohio


FOLEY, GIFFORD T.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gifford T. Foley (2447541), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 24 March 1969, during Operation DEWEY CANYON, Corporal Foley's platoon was conducting a search and destroy operation in the mountainous terrain of northwestern Quang Tri Province when the lead element encountered five North Vietnamese soldiers. Reacting instantly, the point man opened fire and wounded one of the enemy. As the startled hostile soldiers retreated through the jungle foliage to a well-fortified cave, Corporal Foley unhesitatingly led his squad in an aggressive pursuit and, as the Marines approached the North Vietnamese emplacement, they came under a heavy volume of enemy fire. After quickly deploying his men into covered fighting positions, Corporal Foley observed that two wounded members of his squad had fallen in dangerously exposed locations. Completely disregarding his own safety, he dashed forward to recover his comrades, but was driven back by the intense hostile fire. Resolutely continuing his determined efforts, he was seriously injured during a second futile attempt. Ignoring his painful injuries, he again crossed the fire-swept area and successfully evacuated the casualties to a relatively safe area. After receiving fire as he attempted to persuade the North Vietnamese to surrender, Corporal Foley threw a smoke grenade into the hostile emplacement, disorganizing the occupants and enabling him to position his men around the entrance of the cave. Boldly exposing himself to possible fire, he then approached the fortification and fearlessly hurled hand grenades inside, resulting in three North Vietnamese soldiers killed and the seizure of their weapons. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Foley was instrumental in saving the lives of two fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winnetka, Illinois


FONTAINE, EDWARD L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward L. Fontaine (1810940), Staff Sergeant, 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 July 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Fontaine upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Carthage, Missouri


FORD, VERNON JESSE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vernon Jesse Ford (2055451), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division on 22 July 1966 in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During search and destroy operations in Quang Tri Province, Lance Corporal Ford's fire team was in the lead squad of the Company moving up a stream bed when they came under heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army ambush. Reacting instantly, he led his fire team into the foliage surrounding the stream bed. When it became apparent that additional firepower was needed, a squad-from another platoon was sent to envelop the enemy position, approximately 100 meters down the stream bed. In order to converge on the enemy's unprotected side, the squad had to maneuver through dense undergrowth, an extremely difficult move because the unit could easily lose their sense of direction and become ineffective. To eliminate this problem, Lance Corporal Ford kept the squad informed as to the position of friendly units by courageously shouting his name every thirty seconds, thus exposing his position to hostile enemy fire. At the same time, he continued to advance his fire team toward the enemy. Although he was wounded by machine gun fire and a Marine only a few feet from him had been killed, he fearlessly continued to use his voice to direct the squad to the enemy position. With complete disregard for his own safety, he refused evacuation and braved increasingly intense enemy fire until the squad had overrun the enemy position and the area was secured. By his fearless determination, initiative and inspiring leadership, Lance Corporal Ford materially contributed to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Monroe, Louisiana


FORGES, BERNARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bernard Forges (2289312), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Forges upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut


FORNESS, RICHARD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard W. Forness (2360345), Lance Corporal, 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 June 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Forness upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida


*FORTE, OLLIE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ollie Forte (1803556), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 June 1968, while participating in Operation Mameluke Thrust in Quang Nam Province, Staff Sergeant FORTE'S platoon suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapon's fire from a large, well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, he skillfully maneuvered his men to more advantageous positions and commenced directing the delivery of a heavy volume of suppressive fire upon the enemy emplacements. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he boldly moved from one position to another, shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their fire. After ensuring that casualties were evacuated, he deployed his platoon on line and commenced an assault against the North Vietnamese positions. Completely disregarding his own safety, he aggressively led the Marines in a determined attack across the fire-swept terrain, and as his unit reached the objective, he was mortally wounded. His bold initiative and heroic actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in forcing the enemy to flee in panic and confusion. By his courage, outstanding leadership and unwavering devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant FORTE 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: Raleigh, North Carolina


*FOSTER, DOUGLAS G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Douglas G. Foster (2221643), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-31, 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, Corporal Foster upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Beaver, Washington


FOSTER, JEROME C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerome C. Foster (2145219), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader 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 actions near the 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, Lance Corporal Foster completely disregarded his own safety as he unhesitatingly ran across the fire-swept terrain and boldly assaulted the nearest enemy position, forcing three North Vietnamese soldiers into a nearby trench, where his fire team killed them. Although wounded during the assault, he ignored his injuries as he destroyed the fortified emplacement with hand grenades and then fearlessly attacked a second hostile position, killing three enemy soldiers and destroying the bunker. As a result of his inspiring actions, his comrades quickly destroyed a third emplacement, enabling his unit to continue the attack. When the company was ordered to withdraw, he disregarded his painful injuries as he organized his men to provide covering fire for the evacuation of the wounded. Only after he was assured that all the injured and mortally wounded Marines had been moved from the fire-swept area, did he report to the aid station for medical treatment. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Lance Corporal Foster was instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*FOSTER, LARRY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry E. Foster (2376944), 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 Foster upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lenoir City, Tennessee


FOX, GEORGE C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George C. Fox (0-47459), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 22 - March 18, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Fox upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chapel Hill, North Carolina


*FOY, THOMAS L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas L. Foy (2277787), Private First Class, 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 May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Foy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Coolidge, Georgia


*FRANCE, PHILLIP S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Phillip S. France (2294742), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 14, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal France upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


FRANCIS, GLEN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Glen A. Francis (2148555), Private First Class, 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 September 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Francis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


FRANCIS, LARRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry J. Francis, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 4-2-3, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 1, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Francis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


FRANK, HARVEY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harvey E. Frank (2220889), Sergeant, 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 August 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Frank upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut


FRASH, WILFORD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wilford E. Frash (1957702), 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 August 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Frash upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: McConnelsville, Ohio


FRASIER, RONALD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald R. Frasier (2385302), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Frasier upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hennepin, Minnesota


*FRAZIER, JERRY R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerry R. Frazier (2457855), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 26, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Frazier upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Des Moines, Iowa


FRAZIER, MELVIN D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Melvin D. Frazier (2366536), 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, Company B was attacking a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions near the Khe Sanh Combat Base when the Marines suddenly came under a heavy volume of enemy mortar and small arms and automatic weapons fire. Disregarding his own safety, Private First Class Frazier unhesitatingly launched an aggressive assault upon the hostile positions and silenced two enemy machine gun emplacements. Although seriously wounded, he steadfastly refused medical evacuation and resolutely continued to maneuver forward in the attack and silenced the fire from several additional North Vietnamese positions. Alertly observing a wounded Marine lying in an area dangerously exposed to the enemy fire, he fearlessly moved across the hazardous are to the side of the injured man and assisted him to a covered position. His heroic and timely actions inspire all who observed him and were instrumental in his unit accounting for 115 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Private First Class Frazier upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


*FREDERICK, JOHN WILLIAM, JR. (POW-KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John William Frederick, Jr. (0-82847/397561), Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in Southeast Asia from May 1966 to April 1967. Despite severe injuries which resulted from maltreatment and severe cruelties, Chief Warrant Officer Frederick steadfastly refused to cooperate with his captors in their attempt to gain tactical information. Although long periods of solitary confinement for such offenses as refusing to bow or provide biographical information weakened his physical condition, he was not detracted from his dogged resistance. Refusing at all times to give in to the enemy, he provided a personal example and source of strength to his fellow prisoners. With full knowledge that his tenacious resistance could only arouse worse treatment, he showed extraordinary courage and determination, adhering to a Code of Conduct to an extent far beyond that which could reasonably be expected. By his resourcefulness and leadership in the face of great adversity, Chief Warrant Officer Frederick reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: December 13, 1923 at Manito, Illinois
Home Town: Manito, Illinois
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star w/V, 5@ Air Medals, Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal


FRENIER, DAVID E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David E. Frenier (2517744), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-2-3, 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, Lance Corporal Frenier upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Langhorne, Pennsylvania


FRETWELL, JOHN BAGSTER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Bagster Fretwell (0-92067), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 26 May 1967, during Operation Union II, First Lieutenant Fretwell's platoon was assigned the mission of seizing an enemy infested treeline, located across approximately 100 meters of open, fire-swept rice paddies. Although constantly subjected to intense enemy mortar and automatic weapons fire, he skillfully maneuvered his platoon into position. Realizing the importance of supporting fires, he ably directed air strikes and artillery fire, often within seventy-five meters of his position, and then fearlessly and aggressively led the assault against the enemy. Frequently engaging the enemy in hand-to-hand combat throughout the six and one half hours of fighting, the Marines seized the treeline. Immediately consolidating his position, First Lieutenant Fretwell organized a perimeter defense and expeditiously evacuated his casualties. His resolute determination and exemplary leadership were instrumental in the defeat of the enemy and were an inspiration to all who served with him. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Fretwell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Headquarters: Fleet Marine Force, Pacific
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida


FREY, KEVIN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kevin J. Frey (2422000), Lance Corporal, 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 27 February 1969.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


FRICKER, JERRELL T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerrell T. Fricker (0-79130), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Fricker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Diego, California


*FRIEL, JOSEPH A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph A. Friel (2209039), Private First Class, 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 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Friel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: West Roxbury, Massachusetts


FRIESE, LAURENCE VICTOR
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Laurence Victor Friese (0-91579), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action on 11 February 1968, 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, Captain Friese upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: March 6, 1942 at Huron, South Dakota
Home Town: Huron, South Dakota
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Vietnam), Bronze Star w/V,9@ Air Medals, Prisoner of War Medal


FRISINA, JOHN T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John T. Frisina (0-94708), First Lieutenant, 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 31 - June 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Frisina upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


*FROST, CARLTON A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Carlton A. Frost (2261252), Private First Class, 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 May 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Frost 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, Maine


FRYMAN, ROY ALLEN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy Allen Fryman (1356690), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Fryman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Paris, Kentucky
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


FULFORD, CARLTON W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carlton W. Fulford, Jr., Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Fulford upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Newnan, Georgia


FULLERTON, DONALD G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald G. Fullerton (1532460), Sergeant, 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 December 26, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Fullerton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


*FULTS, LAWRENCE A., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lawrence A. Fults, Jr. (2198691), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Fults upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona


FURMAN, JAMES T.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James T. Furman (1999793), First Lieutenant, 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 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Furman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Powell, Wyoming

 

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