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U.S. Marine Corps 
Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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The Vietnam War

 

Updated June 2008 

Vietnam War Marine Corps Silver Star Citations
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INKS, EARL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl L. Inks (1986563), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Inks upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Salem, Oregon


INMAN, LINWOOD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Linwood J. Inman (2147102), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Inman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Corunna, Michigan


*INSCORE, ROGER V. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Roger V. Inscore (2234781), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Machine-Gun Squad Leader with the First Platoon, Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during Operation UNION II, near La Nga, Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam on 26 May 1967. Corporal Inscore's platoon was assigned the mission of seizing a tree line in order to alleviate the pressure on Company L's position and assist in evacuating casualties. When the assault encountered enemy mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire, Corporal Inscore immediately deployed his guns forward into action, directing vicious suppressive fire on the enemy positions. With complete disregard for the intense enemy fire, he moved from gun to gun, pointing out targets, correcting the fire and shouting encouragement. Corporal Inscore's aggressive enthusiasm was spontaneously captured by the entire platoon. The pinned-down units unhesitatingly commenced moving by fire team rushes to overrun the objective. Observing that a Marine had fallen mortally wounded in an exposed area, Corporal Inscore, first ensuring that his guns were on target, moved forward through the concentrated mortar and sniper fire to the wounded Marine's side and skillfully applied first aid in a futile attempt to save the wounded man's life. As he rejoined his squad and ordered them up to the now captured objective, he was struck and mortally wounded by an enemy sniper round. Corporal Inscore's inspiring bravery and professional skill became the major factors in the rapid accomplishment of the platoon's mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: December 10, 1945 at Clermont, Ohio
Home Town: Huntington Beach, California


*IRVIN, STEPHEN L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Stephen L. Irvin (2305659), 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 September 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Irvin upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Columbia, Missouri


IRWIN, DAVID L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. Irwin (2383039), 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 11, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Irwin upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas

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JACKSON, CURTIS R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Curtis R. Jackson (2010458), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 4, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Jackson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pollock, Texas


*JACKSON, KENNETH E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Kenneth E. Jackson (2441265), 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 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Jackson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Beckley, West Virginia


JACKSON, MARLIN W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marlin W. Jackson (2153526), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Radio Operator with the Second Battalion, Thirteenth Marines. FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 18 May 1968 Corporal Jackson was assigned to an artillery forward observer team supporting Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines during Operation Allen Brook. Upon being helicopter lifted into an area south of DaNang, the Marines came under intense hostile fire as they debarked from the aircraft and sustained numerous casualties. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Corporal Jackson unhesitatingly organized several Marines to evacuate the injured men. Undaunted by the enemy fire he repeatedly led the Marines about the fire- swept area and supervised the expeditious evacuation of the casualties. Although two of his men were seriously wounded, he continued his resolute efforts ensuring that all of the wounded were moved to covered positions. On 24 May, Company M established contact with a large North Vietnamese Army force. Fearlessly maneuvering across the fire-swept terrain, Corporal Jackson delivered water and ammunition to the forward positions and evacuated casualties to positions of relative safety. Disregarding his own safety, he removed his protective vest and discarded his weapon in order to carry the maximum amount of supplies. On 26 May, Company M was again heavily engaged with the enemy. Alertly observing a hostile soldier occupying a bunker, Corporal Jackson immediately delivered a heavy volume of fire and pinned down the North Vietnamese soldier. Assisted by another Marine, he maneuvered forward to the position and captured the enemy, seizing an antitank rocket launcher, an automatic rifle and a large amount of ammunition. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Jackson 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: Moriarty, New Mexico


JACKSON, RICHARD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard D. Jackson (0-80223), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 29 - February 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Jackson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Huntington, West Virginia


JACKSON, TERRY K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry K. Jackson (2400904), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Jackson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hawkinsville, Georgia


JACOBS, QUILES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Quiles R. Jacobs (2235586), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Jacobs upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Compton, California


JACQUES, RAYMOND J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond J. Jacques, Jr. (1913045), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 12 May 1966.
Home Town: Waterville, Maine


JADLOW, ROBERT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert L. Jadlow (0-87562), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Company Executive Officer of Company B, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against insurgent forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 12 May 1966 while moving to assist a beleaguered patrol, the Company became heavily engaged with a well-equipped and deeply entrenched Viet Cong Battalion near the village of Hoa Tay. Repeatedly exposing himself to the intense enemy machine gun, mortar, and recoilless rifle fire, First Lieutenant Jadlow succeeded in establishing an effective base of fire that enabled the Company to overrun two Viet Cong trench lines. Upon being notified by his Company Commander that reinforcements were being flown in to assist the Company, he personally supervised the collection of equipment and the dead and wounded for evacuation. As the helicopters landed, enemy fire intensified and one was shot down by recoilless rifle fire. Without hesitation, First Lieutenant Jadlow directed the removal of all personnel to a secure area. When the enemy was attempting to outflank the Company's position, he again braved hostile fire to employ the 50 caliber machine guns from the downed helicopter in repulsing the enemy attack. Throughout the entire nine-hour encounter, First Lieutenant Jadlow's inspiring leadership, bold courage, and professionalism were determining factors in the repelling and defeat of the numerically superior enemy force; thereby upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Topeka, Kansas


JAKOVAC, DONALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald L. Jakovac (2337678), 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 February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Jakovac upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


JAKUBOWSKI, WALTER P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter P. Jakubowski (640095), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Engineer Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 29, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jakubowski upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


JAMES, BUDDY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Buddy L. James (1579538), 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 James upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: South Charleston, West Virginia


JAMES, DANNY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Danny D. James (1178515), Staff Sergeant, 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 August 22, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant James upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chester, Illinois


JAMES, LEE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lee R. James (669040), 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 September 5, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant James upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky


*JAMES, RICHARD D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard D. James (2382319), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal James upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Shelbyville, Virginia


JANDIK, FRANK, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frank Jandik, Jr. (2132892), Sergeant, 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 February 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jandik upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Miami, Florida


JARBOE, BERNARD K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bernard K. Jarboe (1952880), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Jarboe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Columbus, Mississippi


JARRELL, EUGENE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene E. Jarrell (2457391), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Jarrell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


JASINSKI, DANIEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel Jasinski (1914115), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with , in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jasinski upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Toledo, Ohio


JENKINS, CARL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl E. Jenkins (2091760), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 8, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Jenkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


JENKINS, CHARLES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles E. Jenkins (2116407), Sergeant, 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, Sergeant Jenkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


JENKINS, HOMER K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Homer K. Jenkins (0-85550), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Jenkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hughest Springs, Texas


*JENKINS, JAMES A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James A. Jenkins (2339189), 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 May 20, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Jenkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Marion, North Carolina


JENKINS, ROBERT M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert M. Jenkins (1498750), Staff Sergeant, 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 January 1967.
Home Town: Ft. Myers, Florida


JENSEN, DUANE S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Duane S. Jensen (0-76524), Major, 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 afternoon of 8 November 1970, Major Jensen launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency medical evacuation of a critically wounded Marine from a unit operating in a densely-jungled sector of Charlie Ridge in Quang Nam Province. When a ceiling varying from one hundred to three hundred feet in adverse weather severely restricted visibility, he directed his wingman and one of the escorting Huey gunships to establish an orbit at Hill 65 while he proceeded to the extraction site with the other gunship. Arriving in the vicinity of the ground unit, he utilized instructions from the Marines who listened to the sound of his engines to guide him up the steep hillside through the heavy rains and overcast to a hover above the pick-up site. Despite gusty winds and the difficulty of maintaining a hover with his rotor blades within three feet of the rocky hillside, he expertly manipulated his controls to maintain a relatively steady hover during the twenty minutes required to hoist the casualty aboard. While en route to DaNang, Major Jensen received an urgent request for the medical evacuation of another seriously wounded Marine from a unit which was heavily engaged in combat with a hostile force at Charlie Ridge approximately one thousand meters southwest of the previous extraction site. After transporting his patient to the hospital, he resolutely returned to the designated landing zone on Charlie Ridge which was on a small ridge and was surrounded by steep mountains on three sides. Forced to abort his first approach when his aircraft came under intense enemy fire, Major Jensen directed the Marines to move the casualty to a bomb crater one hundred and fifty yards away and then coordinated his second approach with the covering fire of the two supporting gunships. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile fire, several rounds of which penetrated his helicopter, he skillfully maneuvered to a hover and boldly remained in his precarious position for the five minutes required to hoist the wounded Marine aboard He then lifted out of the dangerous area and proceeded to the hospital at DaNang. By his courage, superior airmanship, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Major Jensen was instrumental in accomplishing the hazardous missions and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Diego, California


*JENSEN, PAUL A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Paul A. Jensen (0-95672), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Jensen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Asheville, North Carolina


JENSEN, ROBERT R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert R. Jensen (1641814), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 February 1969.
Home Town: Janesville, Wisconsin


JESPERSON, MARSHALL W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marshall W. Jesperson (2168889), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jesperson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Atascedero, California


JESSUP, DANIEL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel G. Jessup (2134362), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 20, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jessup upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Scotia, California


*JESTER, HERBERT A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Herbert A. Jester (2369954), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company K, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines. FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 24 May 1968 during Operation Allen Brook in Quang Nam Province, Company K was ambushed near the village of Le Bac (1) by a large North Vietnamese Army force and two platoons were pinned down and separated from the remainder of the company. Although fully realizing the danger involved and that previous attempts to reach several seriously wounded Marines had resulted in additional casualties, Private First Class Jester disregarded his own safety as he made three trips into the fire-swept area to move his injured comrades to safety. During one of these trips, he observed an enemy machine gun position. Crawling to within ten feet of the bunker, he killed two enemy soldiers with hand grenades. Observing another North Vietnamese soldier firing from a nearby spider hole, he aggressively attacked the position and killed the enemy with accurate rifle fire. Although hampered by the tropical heat, he continued his selfless efforts, resupplying his companions with water and ammunition on each return trip from the rear area. When the forward units were ordered to withdraw to facilitate the employment of supporting arms, Private First Class Jester voluntarily remained with the last group to leave in order to provide covering fire for the movement of his comrades. Throughout the fire fight, his heroic efforts and presence of mind were an inspiration to all who served with him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission_ By his courage, bold initiative and unswerving devotion to duty at great personal risk, Private First Class Jester upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


JETTE, PETER L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter L. Jette (2163516), Corporal, 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 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Jette upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lisbon, Connecticut


JINKERSON, VICTOR
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Victor Jinkerson (2286460), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a squad Leader with Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 7 February 1968, when one of the platoons from Company K became pinned down by the fire from an estimated North Vietnamese Army battalion south of Gio Linh, Corporal Jinkerson moved with his platoon to assist the beleaguered unit. As his unit approached the embattled area, it came under intense enemy fire and sustained heavy casualties, including the platoon commander who was mortally wounded. Quickly assuming command, Corporal Jinkerson skillfully established a defensive perimeter for the landing zone and company command post and directed evacuation efforts to retrieve the dead and wounded. Although he was wounded in the head and arm, he completely disregarded his own safety as he continuously moved from one position to another throughout the afternoon, encouraging his men and directing and controlling suppressive counter fire, which prevented the enemy form infiltrating the perimeter. When medical evacuation helicopters arrived the following morning, Corporal Jinkerson assisted in evacuating casualties, refusing evacuation for himself until all members of his unit were accounted for. His leadership and selfless concern for his fellow Marines inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Jinkerson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Farmington, Missouri


JOECKEL, CHARLES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles E. Joeckel (2294975), 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 January 23, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Joeckel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Annapolis, Maryland


JOHANN, JOHN CULLEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Cullen Johann (1132242), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Acting Company Gunnery Sergeant of Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 12 May 1968, during Operation ALLEN BROOK, Sergeant Johann was moving with his company in a search and destroy mission through a village east of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province when the left flank of his unit suddenly came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and rocket fire from a North Vietnamese Army force, wounding several Marines. Rapidly assessing the situation, Sergeant Johann assisted in organizing the evacuation of the casualties and moved into the fire-swept area to carry an injured man 150 meters across an open rice paddy to an evacuation area. Knocked to the ground when enemy rockets struck a nearby tank as he returned to the battle area, he quickly regained his footing and attempted to rescue the injured driver. Knocked to the ground a second time when the tank was again struck by hostile fire, killing the driver, he was forced away from the vehicle by the heavy volume of enemy fire. After ensuring that another tank was brought forward to provide fire support, he moved into the fire-swept area and recovered a wounded Marine, carrying him to safety. Realizing that the enemy would attempt to deliver fire into the evacuation area, he directed the evacuation of all the casualties from the area and personally carried four of the wounded 300 meters to a landing zone. Undaunted b the hostile fire around him, he returned to the battle area, discovered a Marine who was seriously wounded, immediately provided first aid treatment and rushed the casualty to the landing zone where he was quickly evacuated, ultimately saving the man's life. After collapsing from physical exhaustion and the extreme heat, he was given medical treatment. When he recovered, he refused further medical assistance in order to help consolidate his unit's defensive positions. By his inspiring courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Sergeant Johann undoubtedly saved the lives of many of his comrades and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Greenwich, Connecticut


JOHN, RICHARD H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard H. John (2142092), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class John upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Keams Canyon, Arizona


*JOHNSON, CHARLES HOWARD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles Howard Johnson (2062309), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Baldwin Park, California


*JOHNSON, DENNIS G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dennis G. Johnson (2406779), 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 March 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Johnson 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


JOHNSON, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Johnson (1859910), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Highland Falls, New York


JOHNSON, JOE V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joe V. Johnson (2350594), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 8, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Torrence, California


JOHNSON, JULIUS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Julius C. Johnson (2075579), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 24, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Keyport, New Jersey


JOHNSON, KEN H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ken H. Johnson (0-84925), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 18, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Blacksburg, Virginia


*JOHNSON, LARRY A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry A. Johnson (2232731), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 20, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Varna, Illinois


JOHNSON, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Johnson, 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 March 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


JOHNSON, ROBERT F., II
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert F. Johnson, II (2068483), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division. On 6 September 1967 during Operation Swift, Company K was assigned the mission of reinforcing another Marine unit which was in heavy contact with a well entrenched force of North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Upon arrival at the designated area, Sergeant JOHNSON immediately deployed his men and skillfully established a defensive perimeter. Unhesitatingly exposing himself to intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire, he repeatedly moved across open terrain to effectively control his unit. While moving from one position to another he was seriously wounded by an exploding mortar round. However, despite his painful injuries, he steadfastly refused medical evacuation and continued to direct his unit. Throughout the battle, he disregarded his own safety in order to pinpoint enemy targets and ensure the integrity of the perimeter defense. Inspired by his selfless courage and aggressive fighting spirit, many wounded Marines abandoned their protected positions and moved forward to assist their comrades in repulsing a savage attack launched by the determined, numerically superior enemy force. By his outstanding leadership, resolute determination and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Sergeant JOHNSON upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.


JOHNSON, TERRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry W. Johnson, 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 February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*JOHNSON, WILLIAM D., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William D. Johnson, Jr. (2357895), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Kokomo, Indiana


JOHNSON, WILLIAM S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William S. Johnson (2208849), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brunswick, Georgia


JONES, ANDREW L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andrew L. Jones, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


JONES, BARRY T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Barry T. Jones (0-103599), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 23, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mentor, Ohio


JONES, CHARLES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles D. Jones (0-88170), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 5, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Huntsville, Texas


JONES, CLARENCE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence W. Jones (1460601), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia


JONES, DAVID R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David R. Jones (0-101182), First Lieutenant, 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 May 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Silver Spring, Maryland


JONES, DOUGLAS A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Douglas A. Jones (0-85267), 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 September 23, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


JONES, EDWARD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward R. Jones (2253584), Corporal, 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 July 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fairlawn, New Jersey


*JONES, JAMES H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James H. Jones (2366047), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Beltsville, Maryland


JONES, JAMES L., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Jones, Jr. (0-102030), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company F, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 27 May 1968, while occupying a defensive position near Khe Sanh, Company F, came under heavy attack by a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. During the ensuing fire fight, the company defensive perimeter was penetrated by enemy. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, First Lieutenant Jones unhesitatingly exposed himself to intense fire and fearlessly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain while rapidly readjusting his defensive lines. Ignoring the enemy rockets and hand grenades impacting around him, he boldly directed supporting artillery fire on his position to halt the hostile force's attack. Continuing his determined efforts, he directed the delivery of accurate suppressive fire which repulsed numerous enemy attacks during the remainder of the night. His heroic actions and outstanding leadership inspired all who served with him and were instrumental in his unit accounting for 230 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, First Lieutenant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


JONES, JOE N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joe N. Jones (1994040), 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 May 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*JONES, JOHN H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John H. Jones (2152507), Sergeant, 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 August 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


JONES, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Jones, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 (HMM-164), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wilmington, Delaware


*JONES, JOSEPH JOHN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph John Jones (2147920), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Scotland Neck, North Carolina


JONES, LARRY G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry G. Jones, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*JONES, OTIS R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Otis R. Jones (2512511), Corporal, 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 June 26, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Donerail, Kentucky


JONES, WAYNE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne E. Jones, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Jones upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


JORDAN, CHARLES F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles F. Jordan (2445603), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Jordan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


JORDAN, KENNETH D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth D. Jordan (461580434), Captain, 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 January 13 - 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Jordan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


*JORDET, RONALD G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald G. Jordet (2156757), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Jordet upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Reedpoint, Montana


JOYCE, MICHAEL J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Joyce, Jr. (2446486), 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 February 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Joyce upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


JUDKINS, PAUL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul G. Judkins (0-76747), 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 June 13, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Judkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Buffalo, New York


JUDSON, DONALD H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald H. Judson (1927194), Staff 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 May 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Judson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Waterbury, Massachusetts


JULIAN, PAUL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul M. Julian (2225280), 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 August 17, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Julian upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Coral Gables, Florida


JUSTIS, DONALD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald E. Justis (1458636), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division 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 JUSTIS' platoon suddenly came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from a large, well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, he skillfully maneuvered his men to more advantageous positions and commenced adjusting accurate artillery fire upon the enemy emplacements. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he boldly moved across the fire-swept terrain 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 attack on the North Vietnamese positions which was halted by a heavy volume of hostile fire. After airstrikes were conducted on the hostile emplacements, he aggressively led his Marines in another assault which forced the North Vietnamese soldiers to flee in panic and confusion. His bold initiative and heroic actions contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and were instrumental in his platoon seizing an enemy machine gun and a large amount of equipment. By his courage, outstanding leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Staff Sergeant JUSTIS upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.


JUUL, JOHN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John F. Juul (0-90402), Captain, 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 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Juul upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana

K

KABELLER, GEORGE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George R. Kabeller (2043283), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Kabeller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Parkersburg, West Virginia


KAHABKA, JAMES G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James G. Kahabka (2408062), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Kahabka upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


KALM, RAYMOND W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond W. Kalm (0-81597), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kalm upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*KAPPMEYER, PAUL J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Paul J. Kappmeyer (2013858), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Kappmeyer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


KARKOS, NORMAN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norman F. Karkos (1866644), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Karkos upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lisbon Falls, Maine


KASSON, LEONARD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leonard C. Kasson (2118060), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Kasson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnatus, New York


*KAUS, HARRY L., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harry L. Kaus, Jr. (2077042), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Kaus upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Dunkirk, New York


KAYLOR, JAMES N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James N. Kaylor (2349911), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Kaylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Costa Mesa, California


*KEAN, BILLIE ORR (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Billie Orr Kean (1851628), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Kean upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Alexandria, Ohio


KEAVENEY, JOHN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John P. Keaveney (2207230), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 20, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Keaveney upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


KEAVENEY, PAUL S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul S. Keaveney, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Reconnaissance Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 7, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Keaveney upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Smyrna Beach, Florida


KECKLER, RICHARD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard C. Keckler (0-93224), Captain, 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 operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 January 1969, Captain Keckler launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency evacuation of two seriously wounded Marines from a patrol operating in Quang Nam Province. Forced to abort his first landing attempt because of intense hostile fire, he alertly detected many enemy firing positions as he climbed out of the area and transmitted their location for subsequent supporting arms fire and air strikes. When informed of the wounded Marines' critical condition, he refused to wait for supporting gunships, following the friendly bombardment of the hostile positions, and resolutely commenced his approach to the landing zone. Advised to wave off when he encountered an extremely heavy volume of enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire, he boldly elected to continue his mission and fearlessly maneuvered his CH-46 to a landing near the casualties. Undaunted by the hostile rounds impacting around him, several of which struck his aircraft, Captain Keckler steadfastly maintained his dangerously exposed position on the ground until both evacuees were embarked before lifting out of the fire-swept area. As he began to clear the area, he was informed that another Marine was seriously wounded and would require immediate evacuation. Skillfully coordinating his third approach with the air strikes of fixed wing aircraft, and although advised to abort his landing, he again braved intense enemy fire and maneuvered to a landing. Calmly waiting until the casualty was embarked, he then departed for the nearest medical facility. Subsequent inspection of his aircraft revealed such extensive battle damage that it was grounded. By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Captain Keckler was instrumental in saving the lives of three Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


KEDDY, MICHAEL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael L. Keddy, Sergeant, 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 May 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Keddy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*KEEFE, FLOYD M. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Floyd M. Keefe (1332594), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of Food Service, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 March 1969, the Battalion Command Post at Phu Lac came under an intense ground attack from approximately two hundred enemy sappers who were supported by rockets and mortars. Reacting instantly, Gunnery Sergeant Keefe was rushing to his defensive position adjacent to the mess hall when he observed six hostile soldiers who had penetrated the defensive wire and were moving toward the command bunker. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, he fearlessly moved between the enemy and the command bunker and began delivering rifle fire upon the soldiers who were firing at him. After killing one hostile soldier and forcing the others to take cover, Gunnery Sergeant Keefe continued firing his rifle as he attempted to reach a fighting trench, but was knocked to the ground by the explosion of an enemy grenade. While steadfastly endeavoring to recover from the blast and continue his aggressive efforts, he was mortally wounded by hostile automatic weapons fire. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in preventing the destruction of the Battalion Command Bunker. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Keefe 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: Montgomery, Alabama


KEGEL, JOHN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John C. Kegel (0-104243), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Kegel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


KEGLEY, WALTER M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter M. Kegley (2221435), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Company 2-5, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Kegley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


KEIF, DAVID J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David J. Keif (2378228), 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 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Keif upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Milton, Massachusetts


KEILTY, KEVIN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kevin P. Keilty (2422647), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Keilty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Peabody, Massachusetts


KEISTER, ROGER P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roger P. Keister (2180551), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Keister upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


*KEITH, ARCHIBALD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Archibald Keith (2241203), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 27 - 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Keith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Bainbridge, New York


KELEHER, MICHAEL K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael K. Keleher (2002102), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Keleher upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Bernardino, California


*KELLAMS, GLENNIS RAY (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Glennis Ray Kellams (1858569), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Kellams 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 Albany, Indiana


KELLEHER, RICHARD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard A. Kelleher (1556718), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 9th Marine Amphibious Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Kelleher upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Aurora, Illinois


KELLER, ALBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert W. Keller (0-59625), 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 September 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Keller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seminole, Oklahoma


KELLER, D. W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to D. W. Keller, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 5th Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Keller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


KELLEY, PAUL X.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul X. Kelley (0-50603), 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 March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Kelley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


KELLY, JOHN A.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Kelly (0-88887), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Kelly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

KELLY, JOHN A.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to John A. Kelly (0-88887), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 14, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kelly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


KELLY, RONALD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald J. Kelly (2182506), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 7th Engineer Battalion, 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, Corporal Kelly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


KELLY, VINCENT J., JR.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vincent J. Kelly, Jr. (1517827), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Kelly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

KELLY, VINCENT J., JR.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Vincent J. Kelly, Jr. (1517827), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Kelly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


*KENDALL, GEORGE P., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to George P. Kendall, Jr. (1103292), Gunnery Sergeant [then Sergeant], U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Chief Interrogator with the Eleventh Interrogation Translation Team, III Marine Amphibious Force, in the Republic of Vietnam from 31 January to 4 February 1968 during Operation HUE CITY. Serving with Advisory Team Three on 31 January, Gunnery Sergeant Kendall directed the evacuation of casualties throughout the night while the North Vietnamese Army force launched a concentrated mortar and rocket attack upon the city. The following morning, despite intense enemy sniper fire and mortar barrages, he led a group of Marines to the embarkation point and assisted in placing the wounded aboard helicopters. Volunteering, he accompanied reaction forces on patrols in order to obtain vital intelligence information. During the three-day period, he conducted exhaustive interrogations at the Thua Thien refugee center, screening approximately 1,300 refugees and obtaining valuable intelligence information. On 4 February, Sergeant Kendall volunteered to serve as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of a reconnaissance/intelligence patrol in the vicinity of Hue Stadium. After securing vital intelligence information, the patrol leader and another Marine deployed to search the west side of the stadium and immediately became pinned down by intense enemy semiautomatic weapons fire. Sergeant Kendall, in an attempt to aid his besieged comrades, maneuvered around the east wall of the stadium and was wounded by enemy automatic weapons fire. With complete disregard for his own safety and his painful wound, he continued his advance but was wounded again by enemy fire. Undaunted, he continued his one-man assault on the enemy machine gun, silencing it before he succumbed to his wounds. By his bold initiative, intrepid fighting spirit and loyal devotion to duty, Sergeant Kendall reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Missoula, Montana


KENDLEY, PATRICK D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patrick D. Kendley (0-95388), 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 August 13, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kendley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boothbay, Maine


*KENNEDY, BRUCE T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Bruce T. Kennedy (2430740), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Kennedy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Espanola, Ontario, Canada


*KENNEDY, THOMAS J., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas J. Kennedy, Jr. (0-69955), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 12, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kennedy upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Erie, Pennsylvania


*KEPPEN, THOMAS R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas R. Keppen (0-103608), First Lieutenant, 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 July 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Keppen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Evansville, Indiana


KERRIGAN, THOMAS G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas G. Kerrigan (0-106816), Second Lieutenant, 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 May 3, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Kerrigan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


*KESHNER, KEO J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Keo J. Keshner (2481163), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 8, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Keshner 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 Florence, Missouri


KETTERING, ALVAH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alvah J. Kettering (0-67506), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (HMM-263), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 9, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kettering upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Riverside, California


KEYS, WILLIAM M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William M. Keys (0-79544), Captain, 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 5 March 1967.
Home Town: Fredrickstown, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


KIELY, DENIS J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Denis J. Kiely (0-77488), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 235 (VMA(AW)-235), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Kiely upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


KILLIAN, MARK A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mark A. Killian (2096431), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 7, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Killian upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sacramento, California


KIMENER, ROBERT P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert P. Kimener (0-110642), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 27, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Kimener upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


KINES, CHARLES G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles G. Kines (0-109043), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Kines upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


KING, CHARLES W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles W. King (0-102049), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company L, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 14 April 1968, while assaulting North Vietnamese positions on Hill 881 North, Second Lieutenant King's platoon encountered a heavy enemy grenade attack and intense machine gun fire. Realizing the important of maintaining the momentum of the attack, he aggressively led his men forward, advancing to a position near the crest of the hill where he was wounded in the leg by fragments from an exploding grenade. Ignoring his painful injury, he continued to encourage his men and boldly entered an enemy bunker and personally killed four North Vietnamese soldiers. His daring actions enabled his platoon to seize its objective, routing an estimated two enemy companies from the area. By his exemplary leadership, bold courage and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Second Lieutenant King was instrumental in 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: Ben Wheeler, Texas


KING, CLEVELAND, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Cleveland King, Jr. (2431840), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal King upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Youngstown, Ohio


KING, SAMUEL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Samuel L. King (2184066), 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 19, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal King upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Waco, Texas


KINNAMAN, GEORGE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George M. Kinnaman (1986364), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 22, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Kinnaman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Springfield, Oregon


KIRK, ALEXANDER
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alexander Kirk (0-89986), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 164 (HMM-164), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 3, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kirk upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Keansburg, New Jersey


*KISALA, WALTER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Walter Kisala (2079832), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 13, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Kisala upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


*KLAGES, ROBERT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert J. Klages (0-94840), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Klages upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


KLINE, GARY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary D. Kline (2351248), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 26, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Kline upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Manitowoc, Wisconsin


*KLINE, ROBERT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert J. Kline (2288879), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Kline upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Bay City, Michigan


KNAPP, WILLIAM F., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Knapp, Jr. (2427918), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 7th Tractor Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 26, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Knapp upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


KNIGHT, JEROME G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerome G. Knight (2181371), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Knight upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lakeport, California


KNIGHT, JOHN E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John E. Knight, Jr. (0-88479), Captain, 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 February 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Knight upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


KNIGHT, TERRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry W. Knight (2353535), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Knight upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama


KNIGHT, WILLIAM A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William A. Knight (0-93963), Captain, 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 September 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Knight upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ellsworth, Maine


*KOEHLER, DAVID J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David J. Koehler (2537986), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company I, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 4 June 1969, during Operation VIRGINIA RIDGE, while Company I was conducting a search and destroy operation west of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province, the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms fire from a hostile force occupying well-concealed emplacements. During the initial moments of the engagement, the Marines sustained several casualties. Observing that his wounded companions were lying in positions dangerously exposed to the enemy fire, Private First Class Koehler unhesitatingly raced across the fire-swept terrain and pulled one of the men to a covered position just as a hand grenade detonated where his comrade had been. Again braving hostile fire, he re-entered the hazardous area to retrieve another injured man and while he was placing him in a relatively secure location, Private First Class Koehler was mortally wounded by small arms fire. His heroic and bold actions inspired all who observed him and saved the lives of two Marines. By his courage, selfless concern for his fellowmen and unswerving devotion to duty, Private First Class Koehler 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: Clarence Center, New York


KOLAKOWSKI, HENRY, JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry Kolakowski, Jr. (0-81631), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as Commanding Officer of Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 January 1968, Captain Kolakowski's company landed by helicopter in the Hoa Vang District of Quang Nam Province and quickly established a blocking position to contain two Viet Cong battalions on a river island while a nearby Army of the Republic of Vietnam force prepared to assault the enemy position. When the attacking units encountered heavy resistance and faltered, Captain Kolakowski immediately effected the necessary coordination and led his company to relieve the attacking forces. The Viet Cong, well entrenched in a hamlet surrounded by wire entanglements and making effective use of excellent fields of fire afforded by open rice paddies, were successful in holding back the attacking forces by use of extremely heavy small arms fire, grenades and antitank rockets. With exceptional professional skill and courage, Captain Kolakowski reorganized his company while under the intense enemy fire, issued orders for supporting fire and prepared to re-assault the hamlet. Demonstrating superior tactical skill and inspiring leadership, he fearlessly exposed himself to the hostile fire as he led his troops in a second assault. When the lead elements of his unit succeeded in reaching the hamlet, he unhesitatingly advanced through heavy enemy cross fire and directed his men in aggressive attacks against the determined enemy. Consolidating his position with two platoons before darkness descended, Captain Kolakowski established a cordon by placing his remaining platoon in a blocking position adjacent to the Army of the Republic of Vietnam forces. Throughout the night, as the enemy repeatedly attempted to break through the perimeter in human wave attacks, he disregarded his own safety as he directed his men in maintaining their positions. The following morning, Captain Kolakowski resumed the attack on the entrapped enemy, contributing significantly to 102 of the enemy confirmed killed, the capture of eighty-eight soldiers and the destruction or confiscation of large quantities of ammunition, equipment and valuable documents. By his exceptional professionalism, dauntless courage and unswerving devotion to duty, Captain Kolakowski upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Farmington, Michigan


*KOLTER, BRUCE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Bruce Kolter (0-107436), Second Lieutenant, 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 June 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Kolter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Wapakoneta, Ohio


KONN, RAYMOND
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond Konn (2309615), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon C-1, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Konn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania


KONRADY, LESTER W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lester W. Konrady (2124523), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 July 1966. While on a search and clear operation in Quang Tri Province, Corporal Konrady's fire team was engaged in a firefight with the enemy when he noticed one of his wounded companions lying in the open, in the direct line of heavy automatic weapons fire. Four other Marines attempted to aid the exposed Marine but each time were driven back by heavy fire. Realizing that his comrade needed immediate medical assistance, Corporal Konrady unhesitatingly braved the intense hostile fire to run to the wounded man and carry him thirty meters to a safe position. His disregard for his own safety and heroic actions throughout were an inspiration to all who observed him. By his bravery in the face of the enemy, bold initiative and unfalter­ing dedication to duty, Corporal Konrady upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: West Palm Beach, Florida


KOPKA, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Kopka (0-90184), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 22, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Kopka upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Auburn, Massachusetts


KOSOGLOW, JOSEPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph J. Kosoglow (2074108), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Kosoglow upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Irwin, Pennsylvania


KRAGES, BERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bert W. Krages (0-76354), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron 367 (HML-367), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 28, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Krages upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Valley Junction, Kentucky


*KREC, FRANK L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Frank L. Krec (2309152), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Krec upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Williamson, New York


KREH, GARY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary H. Kreh (2175644), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Kreh upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Flint, Michigan


KRETZSCHMAR, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Kretzschmar (0-82939), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 533 (VMA(AW)-533), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 29, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kretzschmar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


*KROGH, RICHARD O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard O. Krogh (2266195), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Krogh upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Mercer Island, Washington


KRUGER, EARL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl A. Kruger (0-101214), 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 March 28 - 30, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kruger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bloomington, Indiana


KRULAK, CHARLES C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles C. Krulak (0-89423), , 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 3 June 1969.
Home Town: Quantico, Virginia


*KUBIK, KENNETH A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Kenneth A. Kubik (0-109525), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 22, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Kubik upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hollywood, Florida


KUCI, RICHARD A.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard A. Kuci (0-58735), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Kuci upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

KUCI, RICHARD A.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Richard A. Kuci (0-58735), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 12, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Kuci upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Coraopolis, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: 2@ Silveer Stars (Vietnam)


KUEHLMANN, WERNER G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Werner G. Kuehlmann (2438305), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 24 November 1968, during Operation MEADE RIVER, Company K was occupying a night defensive position when Lance Corporal Kuehlmann, alertly observed a hostile soldier throwing a hand grenade into the perimeter. When the grenade impacted just a few inches from the head of a sleeping Marine, Lance Corporal Kuehlmann, fully aware that it might explode at any instant, unhesitatingly left his relative safe position and rushed to pick up the lethal object. Fearlessly hurling the grenade at the retreating enemy, Lance Corporal Kuehlmann was wounded when it detonated immediately after leaving his hand. His heroic actions and sincere concern for the welfare of a companion inspired all who observed him and prevented a serious injury or possible death of a fellow Marine. By his courage, bold initiative, and selfless devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Kuehlmann upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


KUFELDT, EDWARD
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward Kufeldt (0-89361), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Kufeldt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Homestead, Florida


KUPCHO, THOMAS GODFREY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas Godfrey Kupcho (2408039), 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 the morning of 29 May 1968, while participating in Operation ALLEN BROOK, Company B became heavily engaged with a large North Vietnamese Army force in the vicinity of DaNang. As the lead elements assaulted through a tree line, Private First Class Kupcho effectively provided covering fire for the advancing Marines. After his unit was consolidated, he unhesitatingly assumed the point position and, upon entering the tree line, delivered a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire against enemy emplacements which had pinned down the members of an adjacent platoon. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he silenced four emplacements with his M-60 machine gun and assisted in accounting for five North Vietnamese soldiers killed. Upon learning that the lead elements of his company had been halted by intense North Vietnamese automatic weapons and sniper fire, he boldly moved forward and aggressively assaulted a hostile fortification, killing two enemy soldiers. As the hostile force began to break contact, he continued to deliver accurate covering fire, enabling his comrades to evacuate mortally wounded and injured Marines. His heroic actions and bold initiative inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his accounting for seven North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Kupcho 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: Minneapolis, Minnesota


KUPEC, KEITH L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Keith L. Kupec (2113873), Private First Class, 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 April 16, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Kupec upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


KURTZ, NORMAN F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norman F. Kurtz (2389280), Corporal, 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 December 20, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Kurtz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Montgomery, Alabama


KUSKE, GREGORY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gregory W. Kuske (2087698), Sergeant, 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 March 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Kuske upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Limestone, Tennessee


*KUSTABORDER, THOMAS W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas W. Kustaborder (2421708), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 14, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Kustaborder upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Altoona, Pennsylvania

 

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