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

for 
Conspicuous Gallantry
in Action During

The Vietnam War

 

Updated June 2008 

Vietnam War Marine Corps Silver Star Citations
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QUINLAN, MAURICE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maurice J. Quinlan (0-100607), First Lieutenant, 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 January 2, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Quinlan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Medford, Massachusetts


QUINN, FRANCIS X.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francis X. Quinn (0-55941), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23 - 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Quinn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Williamsburg, Virginia
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Korea), Silver Star (Vietnam)


QUINTER, ROBERT H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert H. Quinter, Jr. (0-10221), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 11, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Quinter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Reading, Pennsylvania

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*RACHON, CHARLES J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles J. Rachon (232078), Private First Class, 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 April 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Rachon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: White Plains, New York


RACKHAUS, JOHN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John P. Rackhaus (326443107), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 29, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rackhaus upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Marshall, Illinois


RADCLIFFE, HENRY J. M.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry J. M. Radcliffe (0-81002), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 July 1967.

RADCLIFFE, HENRY J. M.
(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 Henry J. M. Radcliffe (0-81002), Captain, 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 8 February 1968.
Home Town: Charleston, South Carolina
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


RADICS, EMIL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Emil J. Radics (0-21026), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Colonel Radics upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Highstown, New Jersey


RADISH, DANNY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Danny L. Radish (2454292), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 12, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Radish upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Eureka, Montana


*RAGSDALE, GARY WAYNE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gary Wayne Ragsdale (562762164), 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 June 14, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ragsdale upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Kernan, California


*RAINEY, LARRY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry L. Rainey (2494868), Private First Class, 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 27, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Rainey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Heyworth, Illinois


RAIT, DONALD M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald M. Rait, Jr. (0-102223), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rait upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fullerton, California


RALSTON, ARTHUR N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur N. Ralston (2427660), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 6, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ralston upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


RALSTON, DAVID J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David J. Ralston (0-102823), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Ralston upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Gary, Indiana


RAMIREZ, EFRAIN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Efrain A. Ramirez (2075114), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 23, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ramirez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bronx, New York


*RAMOS, ROBERTO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Roberto Ramos (2396857), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 15, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ramos upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut


RANGEL, ANTONIO
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Antonio Rangel (1543793), Sergeant, 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 May 14 - 19, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Rangel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Gonzales, Texas


RAPER, CHARLES D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles D. Raper (0-103141), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Raper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Long Beach, California


RAPER, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Raper (2401164), Private First Class, 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 June 2, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Raper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia


RATCLIFFE, EDWARD K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward K. Ratcliffe (2136993), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 19, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Ratcliffe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cranston, Rhode Island


RATLIFF, ARCH, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arch Ratliff, Jr. (0-89061), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 363 (HMM-363), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ratliff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Abilene, Texas


*RATLIFF, FRED A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Fred A. Ratliff (2015147), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Ratliff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


RAU, ARNOLD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arnold B. Rau (2318401), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Rau upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oakland, California


*RAWSON, WILLIAM A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William A. Rawson (0-100614), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as the Platoon Commander, First Platoon, Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 June 1967. During Operation UNION II in Quang Tin Province, Second Lieutenant Rawson distinguished himself while leading his platoon in an assault against a prepared and entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. When ordered to seize a heavily contested tree line across a rice field about 100 meters to his front, Second Lieutenant Rawson carefully organized his men and bravely led them through available cover, and launched an assault upon the objective. As the platoon took cover under devastating grazing automatic weapons and rifle fire from a determined enemy, he immediately requested supporting arms and set up a base of fire. Observing one of his squad leaders seriously wounded and knocked down by enemy fire, he unhesitatingly left his position and courageously rushed 30 meters across the fire swept rice field to cover and protect the badly wounded Marine. While he was administering first aid and covering the wounded man, they were both hit by enemy fire and mortally wounded. Through his daring initiative and intrepid fighting spirit against numerically superior enemy forces, the enemy was fixed in place, permitting adjacent units to flank the objective and overrun the position with minimum casualties. Second Lieutenant Rawson's outstanding courage, resolute leadership and valiant devotion to duty served to inspire all who observed him and was in keeping with highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lake Forest, Illinois


RAY, RONALD D.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald D. Ray (0-89867), 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 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ray upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

RAY, RONALD D.
(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 Ronald D. Ray (0-89867), 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 July 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ray upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


*RAY, RONALD J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald J. Ray (389501974), Lance 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 August 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ray upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Greenleaf, Wisconsin


RAYO, JOSEPH A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph A. Rayo (1832266), Sergeant, 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 September 9, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Rayo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


REALI, JAMES W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James W. Reali (2423345), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Reali upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Glenview, Illinois


*REBELO, JOAQUIM VAZ (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joaquim Vaz Rebelo (2254243), 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 January 29, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rebelo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Newark, New Jersey


RECK, RONALD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald L. Reck (2492173), 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 February 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Reck upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Beaver Creek, Oregon


*REED, LOUIS J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Louis J. Reed (1383118), Staff 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, Staff Sergeant Reed upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: White Plains, New York


REED, PAUL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul M. Reed (2039088), 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 August 23, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Reed upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Roanoke, Virginia


REED, VAN S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Van S. Reed (0-66952), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Reed upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Gainsville, Florida


REESE, CLIFFORD E.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clifford E. Reese (0-63327), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMM-367), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 23, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Reese upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

REESE, CLIFFORD E.
(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 Clifford E. Reese (0-63327), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMM-367), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 28, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Reese upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Greensboro, North Carolina
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


REESE, MERLE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Merle W. Reese (1131770), Gunnery 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 March 13, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Reese upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Johnstown, Pennsylvania


REEVES, DANIEL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel M. Reeves, Lance 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, Lance Corporal Reeves upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


REEVES, EDWARD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward R. Reeves (2506989), Lance Corporal, 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 June 27, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Reeves upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Haven, Connecticut


REEVES, JAMES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James A. Reeves (2080209), Sergeant, 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 March 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Reeves upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kelleysville, West Virginia


REGISTER, KENNETH L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth L. Register (2408690), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Register upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Montgomery, Alabama


REID, SANDY R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sandy R. Reid, Corporal, 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 December 11, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Reid upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


REILLY, DONALD JOSEPH (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald Joseph Reilly (0-61230), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 2 (VMO-2), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Reilly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


REISINGER, RICHARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard F. Reisinger (2127019), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Reisinger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Buffalo, New York


RENEGAR, EDWIN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edwin J. Renegar (0-97707), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Forward Observer, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 23, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Renegar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Irdell, North Carolina


RENTERIA, JOE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joe M. Renteria (2270433), 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 May 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Renteria upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brawley, California


RESNICK, ROBERT ALBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Albert Resnick (2375393), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action on 1 July 1968, in the Republic of Vietnam. On that date, Company I came under a ground attack by an estimated North Vietnamese Army battalion supported by machine gun and grenade launcher fire, causing several casualties and a breach in the defensive perimeter of Lance Corporal Resnick's platoon. Unhesitatingly leaving his position, Lance Corporal Resnick fought his way to the side of one of his seriously wounded companions and, after killing four hostile soldiers surrounding his comrade, provided covering fire which enabled other Marines to evacuate the causality. Steadfastly remaining in his dangerously exposed location, he then delivered devastatingly accurate fire against the advancing soldiers, effectively maintaining the security of his position. When his unit again came under attack by a North Vietnamese Army unit during the early morning hours of 4 July, Lance Corporal Resnick was mortally wounded as he battled his way across the fire-swept terrain to the aid of an injured Marine. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Resnick inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania


RESTIVO, ANTHONY, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony Restivo, Jr. (2030200), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 May 1966.
Home Town: Jersey City, New Jersey


REYNOLDS, CHARLES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles A. Reynolds (0-74013), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 3 (VMO-3), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Reynolds upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


REYNOLDS, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Reynolds, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Reynolds upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


REYNOLDS, PAUL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul R. Reynolds (2090099), 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 February 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Reynolds upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Macon, Georgia


RHODES, JOHN E.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John E. Rhodes (0-103759), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMM-367), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 21, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rhodes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

RHODES, JOHN E.
(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 E. Rhodes (0-103759), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 367 (HMM-367), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 14, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rhodes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Glendora, California
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


*RIBILLIA, MARIANO, JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Mariano Ribillia, Jr. (2388352), Private First Class, 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 21 January 1969, Company K was directed to assist a reconnaissance team which had become heavily engaged with a large hostile force, and as the unit arrived at the designated location, the Third Platoon became pinned down by a heavy volume of enemy small arms and machine gun fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Private First Class Ribillia alertly pinpointed the source of automatic weapons fire and, completely disregarding his own safety, crawled across the fire-swept area to the enemy bunker. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he threw two hand grenades into the fortification, destroying the machine gun emplacement and enabling his companions to continue their advance. While attempting to rejoin his platoon, he was mortally wounded by hostile sniper fire. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and saved his comrades from serious injury or possible death. By his courage, bold initiative and unfaltering devotion to duty, Private First Ribillia contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Puunene, Hawaii


RICE, JOHNNY B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Johnny B. Rice (222113), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 8, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rice upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Merritt, Florida


RICE, RONALD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald R. Rice (0-100624), 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 13, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rice upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rochester, New York


RICH, ROBERT CHARLES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Charles Rich (2224376), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron SIX (VMO-6), Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX, First Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 24 March 1968, Corporal Rich launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two armed UH-1E helicopters assigned to support a medical evacuation mission near Khe Sanh. While providing covering fire for the extraction, the second gunship was struck by enemy ground fire and crashed in an area which contained a large enemy force. After three Marines were rescued from the burning helicopter, the remaining crew member was observed crawling from the wreckage, and Corporal Rich's pilot maneuvered his aircraft near the site to extract the injured man. In order to expedite the evacuation of the wounded man, Corporal Rich unhesitatingly jumped fifteen feet to the ground and fearlessly ran across the fireswept terrain to the side of the casualty. Ignoring the intense enemy fire impacting near him, he carried the injured man across the hazardous area and placed him aboard the aircraft. Completely disregarding his own safety, he courageously directed the pilot to become airborne while he was standing on the landing gear of the aircraft. His heroic action and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrade inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Rich upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: De Kalb, Illinois


RICHARDS, CHESTER C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chester C. Richards (1417087), Gunnery Sergeant, 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 November 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Richards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


RICHARDS, JOHN H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John H. Richards, Jr., Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 22, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Richards upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*RICHARDSON, BENJAMIN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Benjamin Richardson (2245536), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines in the Republic of Vietnam on 26 May 1967. While participating in Operation UNION II, Company L was given the mission of securing a landing zone near Cam La for the remainder of the battalion. As they left the helicopters, they came under an intense barrage of automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated battalion of North Vietnamese soldiers. With too little cover available, the company began to suffer heavy casualties from the intensity of the enemy fire. Corporal Richardson, realizing the urgent need to evacuate the wounded from the beaten zone, dashed across the open, fire-swept paddy field and returned with an injured Marine on his back. Completely disregarding his own safety, he made three more trips, each time returning with a wounded Marine. On his fourth trip, he was hit and mortally wounded before he could reach the security of the evacuation point. By his exceptional courage and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Richardson 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: Detroit, Michigan


RICHARDSON, JERRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry W. Richardson (2158365), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 24 March 1967.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


RICHWINE, DAVID ALLEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David Allen Richwine (0-91490), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a platoon commander with Company K, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 July 1966. During Operations Hastings, Second Lieutenant Richwine's platoon was assigned to the left flank in a company perimeter defense. In the evening hours, a North Vietnamese force launched a company-sized attack on his position with heavy automatic weapons fire and grenades. Reacting instantly, he quickly briefed his squad leaders and directed his platoon's fire upon the enemy while exposing himself consistently to the intense fire. Displaying exceptional leadership and initiative, he moved from position to position shouting encouragement and rallying his men. When the enemy approached to within 50 meters to attempt suicide attacks, Second Lieutenant Richwine courageously braved hostile fire to lead his men in repulsing the fierce charge. As the platoon began to run short of ammunition, he personally redistributed it to those who needed it most. His outstanding leadership served as an inspiring example to his men and was a significant factor in successfully repelling the attack which resulted in 32 enemy dead. By his exceptional courage, initiative, and unfaltering dedication to duty, Second Lieutenant Richwine upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Oakland, California
Home Town: Overland Park, Kansas


*RICKMAN, WILLIAM J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William J. Rickman (2237378), 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 February 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Rickman 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


RIDER, JAMES W.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James W. Rider (0-77451), 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 March 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rider upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

RIDER, JAMES W.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to James W. Rider (0-77451), 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 May 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rider upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: West Seneca, New York
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


RIELY, DANIEL L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel L. Riely (2192647), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 13 May 1967.
Home Town: Grand Forks, South Dakota


RIGGS, WILLIAM W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William W. Riggs (0-103000), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 20 November 1968.
Home Town: Shreveport, Louisiana


*RILEY, DENNIS H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dennis H. Riley (306561331), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-4-4, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 31, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Riley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Tell City, Indiana


RILEY, EDWARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward F. Riley (0-85111), 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 26 February 1969.
Home Town: Portland, Maine


RILEY, JAMES C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James C. Riley (2278227), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Riley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pleasant Hill, California


*RILEY, JAMES T. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James T. Riley (0-95179), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron FOUR HUNDRED SIXTY-THREE (HMH-463), in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 February 1968. Captain Riley was assigned the mission of resupplying the Khe Sanh Combat Base. Despite intense enemy fire, he maneuvered in and out of the landing zone delivering vitally needed cargo, about 8,000 pounds on each sortie. Informed of several seriously wounded casualties on the ground, Captain Riley, disregarding his own safety and the devastating mortar and artillery bombardment, volunteered to attempt the medical evacuation. Realizing that the casualties would have to be embarked at the air freight ramp, a target known to be registered by enemy artillery, he immediately directed ground personnel to prepare the injured Marines near the ramp and make all necessary preparation for their expeditious embarkation. When enemy fire subsided, he began maneuvering his aircraft into the hazardous area. Shortly after the helicopter landed and before the wounded could be placed aboard, it was taken under intense enemy mortar and rocket attack. Disregarding his own safety, he held his aircraft on the ground in a valiant effort to embark the casualties, until an enemy round damaged the aircraft. Quickly assessing the situation, he ordered the evacuation effort to discontinue and attempted to save his aircraft and crew. As he maneuvered to lift out of the landing zone, severe vibrations developed, forcing him to land. As the aircraft settled to the ground, the vibrations of the helicopter increased causing the main rotor blade to sever the cockpit from the fuselage and he was mortally injured. By his bold initiative, gallant fighting spirit and loyal devotion to duty, Captain Riley was an inspiration to all who observed him and his actions reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: June 23, 1935 at Zeigler, Illinois
Home Town: Zeigler, Illinois


RILK, HARLEN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harlen C. Rilk (2254415), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rilk upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dover, New Jersey


RINDFLEISCH, JON A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jon A. Rindfleisch (0-77790), 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 December 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Rindfleisch upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: West Point, New York


RINEHART, BENNY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benny D. Rinehart (0-72921), Captain, 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, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rinehart upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Vandalia, Illinois


RING, EDWIN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edwin R. Ring (10201472), Gunnery 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 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Ring upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Punta Gorda, Florida


*RINGLER, ROBERT L., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert L. Ringler, Jr. (2099691), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 17, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Ringler upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Brackenridge, Pennsylvania


RIORDAN, JAMES P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James P. Riordan (0-89549), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Battalion, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Riordan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


*RIORDAN, PATRICK CARLISLE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Patrick Carlisle Riordan (2359732), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Machine Gunner with Company F, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 May 1968, Company F was conducting a reconnaissance in force near Khe Sanh Combat Base when the lead elements came under intense mortar, small arms, and artillery fire from a large North Vietnamese Army Force. Reacting instantly, Private Riordan maneuvered forward and, delivering a heavy volume of machine-gun fire upon the hostile emplacements, enabled the remainder of his platoon to move to the assistance of the lead elements. After expending his ammunition, he moved through the fire-swept terrain to a rear area and obtained critically needed rifle ammunition for his comrades. Upon returning to his forward position, he alertly observed two Marines lying wounded near the enemy emplacements. Disregarding his own safety, he fearlessly traversed the besieged area and assisted the injured men to covered positions. Obtaining additional ammunition for his comrades, he again returned to the forward locations. When the North Vietnamese soldiers penetrated the perimeter defense, the Marines were directed to withdraw to a more advantageous position. Seizing a weapon from a casualty, Private Riordan commenced delivering a heavy volume of effective fire to cover the movement of the other men as they evacuated the casualties from the hazardous area. Undaunted by the enemy rounds impacting near him, he remained in his dangerously exposed position and provided accurate covering fire until he was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actins inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and selfless devotion to duty, Private Riordan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Des Plaines, Illinois


RIOS, DOMINGO, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Domingo Rios, Jr. (2487108), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rios upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Midland, Texas


RIOS, HENRY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry A. Rios (2190833), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rios upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Woodland, California


RIPLEY, JOHN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John W. Ripley (0-81239), Captain, 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 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ripley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: June 29, 1939 at Radford, Virginia
Home Town: Radford, Virginia
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


RISMILLER, LARRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry J. Rismiller, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Rismiller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


RISNER, RICHARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard F. Risner (0-67619), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 12 (MAG-12), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Risner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Temecula, California


RIVERA, ANTONIO G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Antonio G. Rivera (2452711), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Grenadier with Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 17 June 1969, during Operation Virginia Ridge, Corporal Rivera's platoon was providing security for the battalion command group near Gio Linh in Quang Tri Province when the Marines were attacked by a large hostile force supported by mortar fire. At the time of the attack, Corporal Rivera and a few members of his squad were working on the perimeter and were isolated from their squad leader by the enemy fire. As the hostile soldiers moved toward his position, Corporal Rivera directed the fire of nearby squad members and simultaneously delivered accurate and effective grenade launcher fire at the attackers, thus preventing the enemy from breaching the perimeter. Then boldly leading his companions approximately one hundred meters across an open field, he joined his squad leader and the other members of his squad as they fought off the determined hostile force. When his squad leader was wounded by fire from a hedgerow, Corporal Rivera dragged him back to the perimeter and then, assuming command of the squad, led the Marines in an assault on the hedgerow, driving the enemy out into the open and forcing them into a disorganized retreat. Continuing to lead his squad throughout the remaining scattered firefights and during the defensive action that night, he was instrumental in repelling the attackers. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the defense of the Marines' position. By his courage, bold leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Rivera upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


RIVERA, VIRGILION
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Virgilion Rivera (2320990), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 22, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rivera upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


RIVERS, FREDERICK M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick M. Rivers, Jr. (0-91634), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 22, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rivers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee


RIVERS, ROBERT R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert R. Rivers (0-94467), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 29, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rivers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rochester, New York


ROARK, BRUCE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bruce J. Roark (2386093), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Roark upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


ROATH, LOUIS P., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Louis P. Roath, III (0-92564), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Forward Air Controller, 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, First Lieutenant Roath upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hartford, Connecticut


ROBERSON, JAMES J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James J. Roberson (0-97738), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 11th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Roberson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boise, Idaho
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


ROBERTS, DEROLD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Derold E. Roberts (1659087), Staff Sergeant, 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 December 15, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Roberts upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sioux City, Iowa


*ROBERTS, HARLEY R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harley R. Roberts (2077470), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Roberts upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Richville, New York


ROBERTSON, JOHN W. P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John W. P. Robertson (0-60509), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 20 - December 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Robertson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Newport, Rhode Island


*ROBERTSON, MERLE E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Merle E. Robertson (2388054), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Robertson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Campbell, California


ROBINETTE, RANDALL S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Randall S. Robinette (0-106021), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 9, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Robinette upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


ROBINSON, ANDREW R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andrew R. Robinson (2415765), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Robinson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


ROBINSON, JIMMIE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jimmie L. Robinson, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with , in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on . By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Robinson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*ROBINSON, JOHN C., II (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John C. Robinson, II (2236557), Lance 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 August 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Robinson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Savannah, Georgia


ROBINSON, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Robinson, Gunnery Sergeant, 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 April 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Robinson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ROBINSON, ROBERT G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert G. Robinson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Robinson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ROBSON, JON RAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jon Ray Robson (0-69499), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Observation Squadron TWO (VMO-2), Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen (MAG-16), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing on 15 September 1966, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. While serving as armed escort for a helicopter medical evacuation flight, Major Robson proceeded to an area five miles northeast of Hue Phu Bai. Arriving over the zone, he contacted the ground commander and learned that the ground forces were under heavy recoilless rifle, automatic weapons and small arms fire and that two of the fourteen would require immediate medical assistance. The situation was further complicated by the fact that the landing zone was located between the enemy and the friendly forces and it was impossible to move the casualties to a more secure landing zone because of the intense enemy fire. Although fixed wing aircraft were engaged in an attack south of the zone, due to the priority of their targets, they were unable to divert and support the medical evacuation mission. Realizing that, with rapid approach of darkness, any delay in the evacuation attempt might cost the lives of some of the wounded, Major Robson courageously began an air assault on the Viet Cong positions. He directed the evacuation aircraft to orbit clear of the area out of the range of enemy fire and then, in conjunction with an L-19 light aircraft, attempted to locate and destroy the enemy weapons. During the second attack, the L-19 pilot observed two explosions and recoilless rifle fire from Viet Cong positions. He marked the areas with smoke while Major Robson prepared for the attack. With complete disregard for his own safety, he braved heavy enemy automatic weapons fire and skillfully maneuvered his aircraft to tree top level, delivering his rockets with pinpoint accuracy on the target. A secondary explosion silenced the Viet Cong weapons and killed ten of the enemy around the position. Major Robson then directed the evacuation helicopter into the zone and continued to make suppressive fire runs over the surrounding tree lines to insure the safety of the approaches to the area. As a result of his heroic efforts, the fourteen disabled Marines were successfully evacuated without damage to the aircraft or further casualties. By his daring initiative, fearless determination and unwavering dedication to duty Major Robson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Tucson, Arizona


ROCK, GEORGE B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George B. Rock (2153923), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 11th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Rock upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albany, New York


ROCKEY, WILLIAM KELLER
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Keller Rockey (0-50776), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 30 January 1968, Lieutenant Colonel Rockey received intelligence information that an estimated battalion size force of Viet Cong was moving into position in the Hoa Vong District of Quang Nam Province. Realizing the urgency for speed in exploiting the opportunity to engage and destroy the large hostile force, he immediately commenced his planning and coordination of friendly forces, including elements of the Third Amphibian Tractor Battalion and the First Tank Battalion, two Regional Forces companies and elements of several Combined Action Platoons. Within an hour and a half after receiving the initial intelligence information, Lieutenant Colonel Rockey launched an aggressive helicopter borne assault against the entrenched enemy force. Realizing that the village the Viet Cong held was heavily fortified, he skillfully established strongpoints surrounding the village which effectively sealed off all escape routes. After heavy air strikes and mortar and artillery bombardment, he joined the most heavily engaged company and launched an aggressive ground assault which succeeded in penetrating the enemy defenses. Ignoring the intense hostile fire impacting around him and quickly exploiting the penetration, he widened the gap in the enemy defenses and consolidated his position. When the Viet Cong launched human-wave counterattacks against the Marines, Lieutenant Colonel Rockey fearlessly moved from one position to another along the perimeter, shouting words of encouragement to his men who repelled each attack. During the night, the enemy attempted to break contact and withdraw. As a result of the skillful deployment of his forces, the Viet Cong were caught in a vicious crossfire which inflicted heavy losses on the disorganized and panic-stricken enemy soldiers. Throughout the night, he personally controlled artillery fire support and flare ship illumination while directing the efforts of his men in increasing the pressure on the besieged hostile forces. In the morning, he conducted a thorough search of the battle area in conjunction with an Army of the Republic of Vietnam unit. In the face of Lieutenant Colonel Rockey's aggressive attack and relentless pursuit, numerous enemy soldiers realized the hopelessness of their situation and surrendered. As a result of his exceptional tactical ability and determined efforts, the successful operation accounted for 102 enemy confirmed killed, 88 Viet Cong captured and the seizure of 47 weapons and large quantities of ordnance, equipment and valuable documents. By his inspiring leadership, unfaltering determination and steadfast devotion to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Rockey 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: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Korea), Silver Star (Vietnam)


RODGER, DONALD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald W. Rodger (0-102247), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rodger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Williamstown, Massachusetts


*RODGERS, LARRY JOE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry Joe Rodgers (2353911), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Rifleman with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 17 March 1968, during Operation WORTH, Private First Class Rodgers' company was assaulting a large, well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. As the Marines maneuvered forward, they began receiving intense automatic weapons, mortar and anti-tank rocket fire. In the initial burst of fire, all members of the lead squad's machine gun team were wounded. Disregarding his own safety. Private First Class Rodgers seized the weapon and immediately began delivering a heavy volume of fire against the enemy positions, which enabled his unit to maneuver to covered positions. Ignoring the hostile fire impacting around him, he resolutely remained in his dangerously exposed position and continued firing the weapon for ten minutes until he was mortally wounded by enemy automatic weapons fire. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty, Private First Class Rodgers upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ranger, Texas


RODRIGUES, DAVID E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David E. Rodrigues, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rodrigues upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


ROGERS, HARRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry W. Rogers (932445), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 14, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rogers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Maine


ROHWELLER, ROBERT T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert T. Rohweller (0-100638), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rohweller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


ROLLINGS, WAYNE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne E. Rollings (0-107099), First Lieutenant, 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 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Rollings upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Elloree, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), SS (Vietnam)


ROMAN, JOSEPH G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph G. Roman (0-83648), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265 (HMM-265), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 27, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Roman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Aurora, Ohio


*ROMERO, ROBERT W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert W. Romero (0-93402), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 28, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Romero upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: San Diego, California


ROMIG, DAVID J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David J. Romig (2621030), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 15, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Romig upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Witchita, Kansas


ROOD, GARY A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary A. Rood (2122346), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 4 March 1966, during Operation Utah in Quang Ngai Province, Company F was subjected to intense enemy fire from a well entrenched enemy with Private First Class Rood's platoon taken under particularly vicious Viet Cong machine gun fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First Class Rood unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hostile fire in an attempt to employ his M-72 Light Antitank Assault Weapon. After three misfires, he abandoned the malfunctioning weapon and hurried across a fire swept rice paddy to obtain grenades. Retracing his steps through the embattled field, he courageously charged through increasingly intense and accurate Viet Cong fire to within thirty feet of an enemy fifty caliber machine gun position. Savagely attacking with hand grenades, he destroyed the enemy gun position, eliminating a serious threat which had prevented the advance of his unit. By his intrepid fighting spirit, uncommon fortitude in the face of extreme danger and selfless dedication to duty, Private First Class Rood upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Toledo, Ohio


*ROSOLIE, WALTER W. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Walter W. Rosolie (2282831), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 13 February 1968, Corporal Rosolie's unit was maneuvering along the Hue City wall when the Marines suddenly came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and rocket fire. During the initial moments of the fire fight, the platoon sustained numerous casualties. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Corporal Rosolie fearlessly led an assault upon a hostile position located in a heavily fortified tower. Disregarding the enemy rounds impacting around him, he climbed the wall, threw eight hand grenades into the tower and fired a light antitank assault weapon through the doorway. Realizing his unit was dangerously low of ammunition, he withdrew to a covered position. Quickly re-supplying his fire team with ammunition, he began maneuvering his men toward the enemy emplacement and, as the Marines approached the tower, he alertly observed an enemy explosive device. With complete disregard for his own safety, he skillfully disarmed it and directed its removal. Arriving at the tower a second time, he again threw hand grenades into the hostile position until forced to withdraw due to the intense enemy fire. Largely due to his bold initiative and aggressive fighting spirit, he accounted for ten enemy soldiers confirmed killed and enabled his unit to move the casualties from the hazardous area. By his courage, superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Rosolie inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rosedale, New York


ROSS, BRUCE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bruce J. Ross (0-91160), First Lieutenant, 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 November 11, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Ross upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Erie, Pennsylvania


*ROSS, FRANK M., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Frank M. Ross, Jr. (1117022), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Sniper, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Ross upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee


*ROSS, MICHAEL R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael R. Ross (0-88020), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ross upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lubbock, Texas


*ROSS, REID R., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Reid R. Ross, Jr. (2395408), Corporal, 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 December 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Ross upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Flinton, Pennsylvania


ROSS, RONALD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald J. Ross (2177979), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, 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, Corporal Ross upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


ROSSER, JAMES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James E. Rosser (2204333), Lance 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 April 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rosser upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Stanley, Virginia


ROSSER, RICHARD C., JR.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard C. Rosser, Jr. (0-93408), 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 July 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rosser upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

ROSSER, RICHARD C., 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 Richard C. Rosser, Jr. (0-93408), 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 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Rosser upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: North Hollywood, California
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


ROSTAD, THEODORE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theodore W. Rostad (1876996), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rostad upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Monterey, California


ROTH, HAROLD B., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold B. Roth, Jr. (0-54026), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against while serving as Executive Officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group THIRTY-SIX (MAG-36), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 29 June 1968, Major Roth launched as Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the emergency extraction of a Marine reconnaissance team that was heavily engaged with a numerically superior enemy force in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, he was searching for the extract position of the friendly unit when his aircraft suddenly came under intense hostile automatic weapons fire and sustained several hits. Despite the enemy fire and extremely limited visibility, he steadfastly continued to maneuver his helicopter over the hazardous area until the besieged unit was located. Disregarding his own safety, Major Roth skillfully hovered his aircraft above dense jungle canopy and directed the difficult hoist extraction of four Marines, including three casualties. After expeditiously evacuating the wounded to a medical facility, he resolutely returned to the hazardous area and ably directed supporting gunships against the enemy positions while extracting the remaining members of the reconnaissance team. As his aircraft departed the location, it suddenly came under a heavy volume of hostile automatic weapons fire, rendering one of the engines inoperable. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Major Roth skillfully maneuvered his helicopter over a nearby ridge line and proceeded to a landing zone eight miles away, safely executing a forced landing. His bold initiative and resolute determination inspired all who served with him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of the hazardous mission. Buy his courage, superb aeronautical ability and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Major Roth upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


ROTH, RAYMOND A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond A. Roth, Jr. (2368049), 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 March 12, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Roth upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


ROUNDTREE, LOUIS
(Second Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Louis Roundtree (662089), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while engaged in military operations in Vietnam on 29 and 30 May 1965, while serving as Assistant Battalion Advisor to the First Battalion, 51st Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, Armed Forces of the Republic of Vietnam. Sergeant Roundtree, with two other advisors accompanied elements of the battalion to reinforce one of its companies which was under heavy Viet Cong attack. While the battalion was preparing for its attack, the Viet Cong launched a coordinated attack using heavy weapons and small arms. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sergeant Roundtree moved forward to the point of contact where he observed an estimated Viet Cong company assaulting the position from a distance of 30 - 40 meters. He immediately opened fire on the enemy and directed fire of his comrades. As a result of this action many enemy casualties were inflicted and the assault was momentarily halted. He then moved to the main battle position and assisted in organizing the position. Even though the position was untenable, subjected to heavy weapons and small arms fire, and in imminent danger of being over-run, he continued to emplace weapons and aid the wounded and place fire on the enemy. Since he was not able to establish an effective defense and capture appeared imminent, he and the two other advisors carried out a successful evasion by fire and maneuvered through Viet Cong positions. By his outstanding determination, personal example, and devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Roundtree upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Kathwood, South Carolina
Home Town: Kathwood, South Carolina
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Korea), Silver Star (Vietnam)


ROUSSEAU, JOEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joel Rousseau (2104807), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 6 September 1967.
Home Town: New York, New York


ROWDEN, JOHN W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John W. Rowden (2352892), Private First Class, 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 February 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Rowden upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Oregon


ROWE, LARRY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry E. Rowe (2457139), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Rowe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio


ROWE, MICHAEL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael M. Rowe (2064981), Lance 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 September 8, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rowe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


ROWLING, LAMONT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lamont Rowling, 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, Sergeant Rowling upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*ROYSTER, DOUGLAS (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Douglas Royster (2097047), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Royster upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


ROYSTON, JOSEPH E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph E. Royston (2382532), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Royston upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Indianapolis, Indiana


*ROZANSKI, EDWARD C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward C. Rozanski (2250985), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Rozanski 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


ROZUMNIAK, DAVID S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David S. Rozumniak (2042331), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 27, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rozumniak upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*RUBIN, ROY G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Roy G. Rubin (2293045), 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 Rubin upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: New York, New York


RUDDICK, MORRIS E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Morris E. Ruddick, Jr. (0-93410), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 14, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Ruddick upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mahwah, New Jersey


RUDSILL, THOMAS R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas R. Rudsill, 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 March 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rudsill upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


RUFFER, JACK ARDEN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack Arden Ruffer (0-91880), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company C, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early evening of 12 October 1967 during Operation Medina, Company C was moving toward its objective in the Hai Lang Forest in Quang Tri Province when elements of the company suddenly came under heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire and grenade attack from a North Vietnamese Army force estimated at two to three companies. Immediately assessing the situation, Captain Ruffer, then a First Lieutenant, displayed exceptional leadership and composure under fire as he quickly deployed his men to defensive positions in a hastily formed company perimeter. Launching a frontal attack under an extremely heavy volume of fire, the North Vietnamese succeeded in penetrating the perimeter between two of the platoons. At the same time heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire was received from the left flank as the enemy attempted an encircling movement. Exhibiting outstanding tactical skill, Captain Ruffer completely disregarded his own safety as he exposed himself to hostile fire while standing to direct his rear elements into position to block the North Vietnamese advance on his left flank. Simultaneously, he organized his platoon and courageously led them in an aggressive counterattack that drove the hostile force from the perimeter. Upon seeing one of his men wounded and lying outside his lines, Captain Ruffer, ignoring the danger to his own life, ran under heavy enemy fire to the fallen Marine and carried him thirty meters to the relative safety of the perimeter. As the North Vietnamese launched another fanatical assault on the Marines' position and again succeeded in penetrating one section of the perimeter, Captain Ruffer was wounded by a concussion grenade which detonated within two feet of him. Despite his painful injury, he quickly organized his platoon and fearlessly led his men in a counterattack that routed the enemy, leaving four North Vietnamese dead within friendly lines and eleven dead along the perimeter. After consolidating his position, he boldly moved outside the perimeter to evaluate the North Vietnamese positions and guide reinforcing units inside his lines. He then assisted in the treatment of the wounded. Only after all the casualties had received medical attention did he allow himself to be treated. Throughout the remainder of the night, he remained with the wounded to comfort and encourage them. By his bold initiative, courageous leadership and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Captain Ruffer inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: October 3, 1941 at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: San Bernardino, California


*RUIZ, JOSE (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jose Ruiz (2282540), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 April 1968.
Home Town: New York, New York


RUNYEN, THOMAS G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas G. Runyen (0-95032), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 6 September 1967.
Home Town: Riverside, New York


RUNYON, MARVIN T., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marvin T. Runyon, III (0-107524), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Runyon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*RUSHING, JAMES M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James M. Rushing (0-104763), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Rushing upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida


RUSNAK, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Rusnak (2337996), 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 September 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Rusnak upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Johnstown, Pennsylvania


RUSSELL, GLENN W., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Glenn W. Russell, Jr. (0-89444), 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 January 22, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Russell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portsmouth, Rhode Island


RUSSELL, RICHARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard L. Russell (0-108776), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Russell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Syracuse, New York


RUSSELL, VERNER R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Verner R. Russell (2225712), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 0-1, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Russell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Poplar Bluff, Missouri


RYAN, RICHARD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard W. Ryan (2281106), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Ryan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hopwood, Pennsylvania


RYAN, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Ryan (0-104333), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Ryan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Buffalo, New York

 

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