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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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SABO, ROY T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy T. Sabo (1653906), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 4, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Sabo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Flint, Michigan


SACHTLEBEN, GEORGE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George W. Sachtleben (0-84855), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Sachtleben upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


SAKOWSKI, EUGENE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eugene J. Sakowski (2484720), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sakowski upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


SALLES, DANIEL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel R. Salles (2413697), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 15, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Salles upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


SALMON, CHRISTOPHER B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher B. Salmon (0-88969), 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 September 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Salmon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: El Toro, California


SALTER, MARTIN E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Martin E. Salter, Jr. (0-62172), Major, 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 December 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Salter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Greenville, Mississippi


SALVATI, RALPH J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph J. Salvati (0-7108), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Salvati upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Russelton, Pennsylvania


SAMPIETRO, SCOTT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Scott B. Sampietro (2321303), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sampietro upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mahopac, New York


SAMPSEI, JOHN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Sampsei (2478777), Private First Class, 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 14, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Sampsei upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lodi, Ohio


*SANCHEZ, JIMMY P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jimmy P. Sanchez (2072279), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 5, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Sanchez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


SANCHEZ, MANUEL
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Manuel Sanchez (2036967), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 5, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Sanchez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


SANDERS, JAMES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James M. Sanders (0-93764), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with , in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Sanders upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Carlsbad, New Mexico


SANDERS, SAMUEL C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Samuel C. Sanders (2544591), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 2-7-1, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 17, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sanders upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Montgomery, Alabama


SANKEY, DAVID H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David H. Sankey (2147732), 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 6 July 1967.
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


SANTOS, RUBEN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ruben Santos (1645553), 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 April 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Santos upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ponce, Puerto Rico


SARTI, LAWRENCE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence E. Sarti (2439227), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Sarti upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


*SASEK, RICHARD JOHN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard John Sasek (0-81030), 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 6 July 1967.
Home Town: Topeka, Kansas


SASSER, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Sasser (2020482), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24 - 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Sasser upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


SAUSAU, ELI
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eli Sausau (1351710), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 9, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Sausau upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tutuila, American Samoa


SAWYER, KENNETH V.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth V. Sawyer (2374130), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN (MAG-16), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the evening of 21 October 1969, Corporal Sawyer launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of inserting an eleven-man reaction force to reinforce a seven-man Marine reconnaissance team which had sustained five casualties while heavily engaged in combat with a numerically superior hostile force approximately twenty-one miles southwest of DaNang. When extremely adverse weather conditions prevented the insertion, he alertly observed and reported the position of other aircraft in the area and encouraged the passengers aboard his CH-46 during the seven hours his helicopter orbited the area while awaiting the clouds to dissipate enough to permit a landing. At that time, the weather had cleared sufficiently to enable another aircraft to insert an eight-man reconnaissance team which, shortly after landing, sustained six casualties. Undaunted by the intensity of the enemy automatic weapons fire directed at his CH-46, Corporal Sawyer calmly and skillfully provided a continuous flow of vital clearance information which enabled his pilot to avoid obstacles in the area and maneuvered to a landing. After the reaction force debarked, he completely disregarded his own safety as he boldly left his aircraft and fearlessly moved across the hazardous area infested with enemy mines to assist in carrying the six wounded Marines to his helicopter. After he provided clearance data as his pilot lifted out of the perilous zone, his aircraft proceeded to the medical facility at DaNang. Upon his return to the beleaguered Marines, Corporal Sawyer ignored the extremely heavy volume of hostile fire as he expertly provided precise clearance data during several approaches to the ground unit before he located an opening in the thick cloud cover and guided his CH-46 to a landing. For a second time, he left the relative safety of his aircraft as he valiantly braved the enemy fire and boldly moved on repeated trips across the heavily mined area to aid in carrying the remaining five casualties to his helicopter and placing them aboard. His aircraft then departed the perilous are for DaNang. By his courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Sawyer was instrumental in saving the lives of several of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


*SAXON, CLYDE EDWARD (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clyde Edward Saxon (2461616), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 18, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Saxon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Waynesboro, Georgia


SCAFIDI, VINCENT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Vincent A. Scafidi (2271887), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Scafidi upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


SCALICI, DENNIS F.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis F. Scalici (2377322), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 6 May 1968, the Third Battalion was conducting a search and destroy operation south of the Con Thien Combat Base when the lead squad suddenly came under intense automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force. Alertly observing an enemy machine gun, Lance Corporal Scalici fearlessly assaulted the hostile emplacement, delivering a heavy volume of fire and throwing hand grenades until the North Vietnamese position was silenced. Disregarding his own safety, he boldly continued to advance, and seizing he hostile weapon, he utilized it against the enemy force, enabling five of his comrades to join him. When the Marines again came under intense automatic weapons fire, he repeatedly exposed himself while delivering suppressive fire and throwing hand grenades, forcing the enemy machine gun crew to flee in panic and confusion. Ordered to withdraw his men, he steadfastly remained behind while providing covering fire, enabling the Marines to evacuate their casualties and reach the relative safety of their platoon's position. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Scalici upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

SCALICI, DENNIS F.
(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 Dennis F. Scalici (2377322), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 26 August 1968, while occupying a night defensive position near Dong Ha, company L came under a heavy volume of artillery and recoilless rifle fire supporting ground assault by a large North Vietnamese Army force. A friendly listening post, which had sustained a casualty during the initial moments of the firefight, was returning to the perimeter. Upon learning about the situation, Corporal Scalici, then a Lance Corporal fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire as he maneuvered across the hazardous terrain to assist the wounded mean. Alertly observing an enemy hand grenade land dangerously close to his position, Corporal Scalici unhesitatingly threw his body across that of his wounded comrade, shielding him from further injury. Although painfully wounded by the exploding hostile grenade, Corporal Scalici resolutely returned to his Fire Team and continued to direct his men in the defense of his sector of the company perimeter until directly ordered to withdraw for treatment of his wounds. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the life of a fellow Marine. By his courage, bold initiative and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Scalici upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


*SCANLON, MICHAEL J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael J. Scanlon (2136902), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Detachment, Third Force Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, during operations against the enemy in Vietnam. On the night of 17 January 1967, Corporal Scanlon, as a member of a seven-man reconnaissance patrol, was flown by helicopter deep into enemy-controlled territory, with the mission of locating enemy infiltration routes. Throughout the night, the Marines heard sounds of enemy activity. At dawn on 18 January, the patrol moved to an observation point where a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army patrol of approximately forty men was sighted moving toward their position. Assigned the responsibility of providing security for the patrol's flank, Corporal Scanlon quickly moved to his defensive position where he was observed by the approaching enemy. Demonstrating exceptional presence of mind, he warned his companions and immediately opened fire at the lead man of the North Vietnamese unit. His continued to bring effective fire to bear on the advancing enemy although wounded twice as the North Vietnamese moved to within fifteen meters of his position. Exhibiting exemplary courage and aggressive fighting spirit despite his painful wounds and the intense enemy fire directed at him, Corporal Scanlon maintained his position and halted the enemy's attempts to dislodge the patrol's flank security. When an enemy hand grenade landed within the patrol's defensive perimeter Corporal Scanlon, with complete disregard for his own safety, valiantly attempted to recover the grenade but was mortally wounded. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, Corporal Scanlon undoubtedly saved the lives of several Marines, inspired all those who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: November 12, 1945 at Norwalk, Connecticut
Home Town: Norwalk, Connecticut


*SCHAEFER, CHARLES H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles H. Schaefer (352363120), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Schaefer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Streator, Illinois


SCHAPER, JOHN P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John P. Schaper (2348025), Sergeant, 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 14, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Schaper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


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


SCHERMERHORN, JAMES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Schermerhorn (0-105255), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Schermerhorn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Niagra Falls, New York


SCHLEY, HAROLD B., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold B. Schley, Jr., Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Schley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SCHMIDT, JOSEPH A., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph A. Schmidt, Jr. (2049230), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 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, Corporal Schmidt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


SCHMIDT, WALLACE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wallace R. Schmidt (2385350), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 12, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Schmidt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


*SCHNEIDER, GERALD B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gerald B. Schneider (2365027), 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 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Schneider upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


*SCHNEIDER, HARRY WARREN (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harry Warren Schneider (2201049), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 5 (VMO-5), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Schneider upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Janesville, Wisconsin


*SCHRADER, PETER A. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Peter A. Schrader (2265855), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as a Radio Operator with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 November 1967. During Operation ESSEX, in Quang Nam Province, Corporal Schrader's platoon came under heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army force which mortally wounded the platoon commander and pinned down the remainder of the unit in a rice paddy. Quickly assessing the situation, Corporal Schrader radioed the company command group for instructions and deployed his men. With complete disregard for his own safety, he exposed himself to the hostile fire as he maneuvered his men out of the rice paddy and led them to friendly positions. Resuming its mission, the following day, the platoon was once again taken under devastating enemy mortar and small arms fire while moving across a rice paddy. The newly assigned platoon commander was mortally wounded and Corporal Schrader assumed command and positioned his weapons to provide suppressive fire as he directed his men to cover. Despite a painful wound, he courageously directed his men toward the company perimeter and maintained communications. While exposing himself to the intense enemy fire to gain better communication, he was mortally wounded. By his bold initiative, gallant fighting spirit and loyal devotion to duty, Corporal Schrader was instrumental in saving his men from further injury or possible death thereby upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: University City, Missouri


SCHREINER, ANDREW M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Andrew M. Schreiner, Jr. (1438592), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 214 (VMA-214), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 28, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Schreiner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


SCHULTZ, DANIEL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel R. Schultz (1962874), 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 June 4, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Schultz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ypsilanti, Michigan


SCHULTZE, RICHARD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard C. Schultze (0-83080), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Schultze upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oakland, California


SCHWANDA, RUDY T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rudy T. Schwanda (0-95386), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 242 (VMA-242), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Schwanda upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Haddon Heights, New Jersey


SCIPIO, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert A. Scipio (2116526), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 8, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Scipio upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Martins Ferry, Ohio


SCOTT, FRED S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Fred S. Scott (2260585), 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 5, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Scott upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


SCRIVEN, WOODROW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Woodrow Scriven (2300481), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Scriven upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.


SCULLY, PATRICK R., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Patrick R. Scully, Jr. (0-101464), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Scully upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


SCURAS, JAMES B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James B. Scuras (0-93426), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Scuras upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Murphysboro, Illinois

SEAVY-CIOFFI, LAWRENCE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lawrence J. Seavy-Cioffi (2320621), 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 8 February 1968.
Home Town: New York, New York


*SEKNE, SYLVESTER (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sylvester Sekne (2367097), Lance Corporal, 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 April 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sekne upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


SELLERS, DONALD T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald T. Sellers (2093450), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Sellers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas


SELLERS, WILEY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wiley J. Sellers, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 6, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Sellers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, Mississippi


SEMENUK, JOHN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Semenuk (2181793), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Battery A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Semenuk upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


*SEMINARA, CHARLES B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles B. Seminara (121264398), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Seminara upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Syracuse, New York


SERNA, MARSHALL J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marshall J. Serna, Jr. (2387619), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Serna upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburg, California


SERRANO, FRANCISCO C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francisco C. Serrano (2375819), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Serrano upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Jose, California


*SERRANO, JOHN REYITO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John Reyito Serrano (2320960), 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 July 28, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Serrano 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


SETSER, ROBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert Setser (0-85135), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 8, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Setser upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Carmi, Illinois


SEXTON, RAYMOND D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond D. Sexton (2305797), 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 February 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sexton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ullin, Illinois


*SEYBOLD, GERALD C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gerald C. Seybold (0-106332), Second 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 April 28, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Seybold upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Concord, New Hampshire


SHAFER, ERIC D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Eric D. Shafer (0-105649), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Shafer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Alliance, Ohio


*SHAFER, FRANCIS L., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Francis L. Shafer, Jr. (0-83900), 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 30 March 1968.
Home Town: Newkirk, Oklahoma


*SHAFER, LESLIE H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Leslie H. Shafer (2407202), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 22, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Shafer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio


SHAINLINE, THOMAS E.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Shainline (2399720), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 12, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Shainline upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

SHAINLINE, THOMAS 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 Thomas E. Shainline (2399720), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Shainline upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Collegeville, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


SHALKOSKY, MARION S., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marion S. Shalkosky, Jr. (2032944), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Shalkosky upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SHANKEY, HUGH R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hugh R. Shankey (1863529), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Light Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN (HML-167), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN (MAG-16), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 28 March 1971, Gunnery Sergeant Shankey launched as Night Observation Device Operator aboard a UH-1E Huey helicopter equipped with infrared and spotlight equipment and assigned the mission of supporting a company-sized defense force which was heavily engaged in combat with two North Vietnamese Army battalions in the village of Duc Duc, twenty miles southwest of DaNang. Most of the village was ablaze following a heavy enemy mortar barrage and sapper attack. The friendly force was isolated and surrounded in its defensive perimeter by a large hostile force which was preparing to assault and overrun the Vietnamese position. Arriving over the beleaguered village, Gunnery Sergeant Shankey, undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile fire concentrated upon his aircraft each time he activated his spotlight, carefully selected groups of the enemy with his light, sometimes to within thirty meters of the perimeter wire, and boldly maintained his light focused on the North Vietnamese, while supporting Cobra gunships attacked the enemy positions. On one occasion, when his Huey came under intense heavy machine gun fire and his aircraft had to life into the low cloud cover to escape the tracking fire, Gunnery Sergeant Shankey quickly located the machine gun emplacement when his helicopter descended through the overcast, and immediately pinpointed its position with his light for attacks by the supporting aircraft which destroyed the emplacement. Throughout the engagement he resolutely ignored the North Vietnamese fire concentrated upon his spotlight as he expertly illuminated the enemy force for attacks by the gunships which repulsed the North Vietnamese assault and forced the hostile soldiers to withdraw completely disorganized. After his aircraft had refueled and returned to the embattled village, he located and illuminated six boats upon which the North Vietnamese were attempting to escape across a nearby river. The Cobras destroyed all six boats. While his aircraft was orbiting the area to seek out stragglers, Gunnery Sergeant Shankey was seriously wounded when the Huey was struck by hostile rounds and was immediately flown to the nearest medical facility. By his courage, superior professionalism, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Shankey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bibb, Georgia


SHARP, OLIVER R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oliver R. Sharp (2229871), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sharp upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Marlinton, West Virginia


*SHARPE, THOMAS E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas E. Sharpe (2377204), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Sharpe upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Emmett, Michigan


SHAVER, CARL A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carl A. Shaver (0-82539), Major, 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 May 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Shaver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Plattsburg, Missouri


SHAW, JAMES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James A. Shaw (614499), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 8, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Shaw upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Swartz Creek, Michigan


SHAW, JAMES G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James G. Shaw, 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 Shaw upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SHEAR, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Shear (2127305), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Shear upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


SHEEHAN, JAMES P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James P. Sheehan (0-77100), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Sheehan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


SHEEHAN, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Sheehan (0-85321), 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 September 14 - 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Sheehan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Somerville, Massachusetts


SHEHAN, TIMOTHY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Timothy Shehan (2240154), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 18 (MAG-18), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, 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, Corporal Shehan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


*SHELLEM, ROBERT P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert P. Shellem (2347256), 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 April 28, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Shellem upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Atlantic City, New Jersey


SHERIDAN, ROBERT F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert F. Sheridan (0-71807), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Executive Officer, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Sheridan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Isle of Palms, South Carolina


SHERIN, DUANE V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Duane V. Sherin (0-100672), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 16, 1967 - November 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Sherin upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


SHERMAN, EDWARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward J. Sherman (0-105653), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 7, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Sherman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Readville, Massachusetts


*SHERRILL, RICHARD W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard W. Sherrill (429982413), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-3-9, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sherrill upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hartman, Arkansas


*SHERROD, EDWARD HERBERT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward Herbert Sherrod (446460283), Private First Class, 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 September 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Sherrod upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


SHIBLEY, KAMILLE K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kamille K. Shibley (0-103023), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 4, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Shibley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sapulpa, Oklahoma


SHIELDS, JOHN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Shields (0-77239), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Shields upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Paicines, California


SHIFFLER, GEORGE M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George M. Shiffler, Jr. (0-64365), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 28, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Shiffler upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


SHIPLEY, JACK R., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack R. Shipley, Jr. (2272283), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Engineer Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Shipley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Knoxville, Tennessee


SHIVERS, STEPHEN L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen L. Shivers, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 4, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Shivers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Greenville, South Carolina


*SHOEMAKER, DAVID H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David H. Shoemaker (2040598), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 2, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Shoemaker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: San Jose, California


SHORE, SAMUEL E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Samuel E. Shore (0-103795), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Shore upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Maryville, Tennessee


SHREVE, ERNEST L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ernest L. Shreve (2128964), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 5th Shore Party Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Shreve upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


SHUBERT, RONALD G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald G. Shubert (2005183), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 21, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Shubert upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hays, Kansas


*SIBILLY, JOHN R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John R. Sibilly (2205959), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Sibilly upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Richmond Hills, New York


SIELOFF, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard J. Sieloff (2138756), Lance Corporal, 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 January 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sieloff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Anoka, Minnesota


SILER, JERRY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry E. Siler (0-97889), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Siler upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska


SILVEAR, THOMAS A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas A. Silvear (0-76399), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 24, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Silvear upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Carmel, California


SIMMONS, HEROLIN T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herolin T. Simmons (1900256), Staff 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 May 29, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Simmons upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ahoskie, North Carolina


SIMMONS, JACK E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jack E. Simmons (0-91545), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Simmons upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


SIMMONS, WILLIAM N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William N. Simmons (0-79498), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Simmons upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Miami, Florida


SIMMS, JAMES W. (KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James W. Simms (0-106294), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 11 February 1969.

*SIMMS, JAMES W. (KIA)
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James W. Simms (0-106294), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 26 February 1969.
Home Town: Carrollton, Missouri
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), Purple Heart


SIMON, JERRY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry W. Simon (2012697), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 May 1966.
Home Town: Norton, West Virginia


SIMPSON, JERRY I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry I. Simpson (0-80331), 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 30 - 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Simpson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Charleston, South Carolina


SIMPSON, WILLIE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willie L. Simpson, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 26, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Simpson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SIMS, JOHN D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Sims (2353778), 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 August 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sims upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Montgomery, Alabama


*SINGER, MICHAEL ERNEST (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael Ernest Singer (2367488), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Artillery Forward Observer with Company D, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 5 July 1968, Private First Class Singer was manning an observation post at the Company D defensive position on Hill 689 in the vicinity of Khe Sanh when a patrol moved forward of the perimeter. Advancing approximately 100 meters, the patrol suddenly came under intense automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force and sustained numerous casualties. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Private First Class Singer unhesitatingly left his covered position and ran across the fire-swept area where he began assisting the wounded to the relative safety of the perimeter. Undaunted by the accurate hostile fire impacting around him, he repeatedly moved forward and assisted in evacuating his wounded comrades to covered positions. Although wounded twice, he refused to be medically evacuated in order to remain with his besieged company. On the night of 7 July, the enemy launched an intensive barrage of automatic weapons and mortar fire on his company's position. Concerned only for the welfare of his comrades, Private First Class Singer fearlessly exposed himself to enemy fire as he carried wounded Marines to positions of relative safety. While assisting a casualty to a more covered area, Private First Class Singer was mortally wounded by the enemy fire. His heroic actions and sincere concern for the safety of his comrades inspired all who observed him and undoubtedly saved the lives of several Marines. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Singer 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: Canton, Ohio


SIRECI, MICHAEL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Sireci (2142269), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 28, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Sireci upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Westerly, Rhode Island


*SISSON, RONALD P. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald P. Sisson (2089489), Lance Corporal, 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 December 16, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sisson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hulberton, New York


SITES, DAVID T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David T. Sites (0-79417), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Sites upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Birmingham, Alabama


SIVA, THURLO J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thurlo J. Siva (1139175), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 12, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Siva upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Warner Springs, California


SIVAK, DAVID M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David M. Sivak (2107080), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sivak upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Saginaw, Michigan


*SKALBA, JOHN J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John J. Skalba (2042737), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 5, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Skalba upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


SKINNER, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert E. Skinner (2316143), Sergeant, 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 July 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Skinner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winchester, Indiana


SKOGLUND, DALE ELROY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dale Elroy Skoglund (2310907), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Team Leader with Company D, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, Third Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 17 January 1969, Corporal Skoglund and his reconnaissance team were occupying a night ambush site near the Cua Viet River when the Marines detected sounds of hostile movement near the bank of the river. After deploying his men to a more effective position, Corporal Skoglund observed two North Vietnamese Army soldiers at the edge of the water and directing his men to fire, caused one enemy soldier to be wounded and the other to flee. Having secured the prisoner, he was leading a search for the missing North Vietnamese when the Marines came under small arms fire and a hand grenade attack. As the team rapidly engaged the enemy, three hostile soldiers were wounded and two others fled. With complete disregard for his own safety, Corporal Skoglund unhesitatingly pursued the enemy and killed them. Returning to his squad, he alertly detected another hostile soldier, and when he fired upon and killed the man, a grenade concealed on the North Vietnamese Army soldier exploded, wounding Corporal Skoglund in the head. Ignoring his painful injury, he steadfastly refused to be medically evacuated and when a reaction force arrived, he resolutely acted as Point Man while it conducted a thorough search of the area. By his courage, bold initiative and unfaltering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Corporal Skoglund inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Duluth, Minnesota


SLACK, PAUL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul D. Slack (0-67841), 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 February 7, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Slack upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Des Moines, Iowa


SLATER, ALBERT C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Albert C. Slater, Jr. (0-84435), 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 13 May 1967.
Home Town: Venice, California
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


SLEEPER, JOHN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John A. Sleeper (2249559), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Sleeper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


SLOCUM, DANNY M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Danny M. Slocum (2295647), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Slocum upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


SMALL, RICHARD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard C. Small (2080326), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 24, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Small upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mission Viejo, California


*SMITH, CHARLES I. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles I. Smith (2456090), 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 4 March 1969.
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


*SMITH, CLIFTON B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clifton B. Smith (2287748), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Midland City, Alabama


SMITH, CLYDE D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clyde D. Smith (0-92575), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 224 (VMA(AW)-224), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 9, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SMITH, COY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Coy E. Smith (2370683), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


SMITH, DENNIS A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis A. Smith, Lance Corporal, 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 February 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SMITH, FREDERICK W.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick W. Smith (0-95227), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 27 May 1968, while conducting a search and destroy operation, Company K became heavily engaged with a North Vietnamese Army battalion occupying well-entrenched emplacements on Goi Noi Island in Quang Nam Province. As Lieutenant Smith led his men in an aggressive assault upon the enemy positions, the North Vietnamese force launched a determined counterattack, supported by mortars, on the Marines' left flank. Unhesitatingly rushing through the intense hostile fire to the position of heaviest contact, Lieutenant Smith fearlessly removed several casualties from the hazardous area and, shouting words of encouragement to his men, directed their fire upon the advancing enemy soldiers, successfully repulsing the hostile attack. Moving boldly across the fire-swept terrain to an elevated area, he calmly disregarded repeated North Vietnamese attempts to direct upon him as he skillfully adjusted artillery fire and air strikes upon the hostile positions to within fifty meters of his own location and continued to direct the movement of his unit. Accurately assessing the confusion that supporting arms was causing among the enemy soldiers, he raced across the fire-swept terrain to the right flank of his company and led an enveloping attack on the hostile unit's weakest point, routing the North Vietnamese unit and inflicting numerous casualties. His aggressive tactics and calm presence of min under fire inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his unit accounting for the capture of two hostile soldiers as well as numerous documents and valuable items of equipment. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unfaltering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Lieutenant Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Marks, Mississippi


SMITH, GEORGE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George W. Smith (0-50104), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of the First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 18 March 1969.
Home Town: Newport Beach, California


SMITH, GILBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gilbert E. Smith (0-107541), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 30 June 1969.
Home Town: Tampa, Florida


*SMITH, JAMES L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James L. Smith (2457759), Private First Class, 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 March 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Washington, Illinois


SMITH, JOSEPH N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph N. Smith (0-64240), 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 October 27, 1963 - April 25, 1964. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Austin, Texas


SMITH, MICHAEL S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael S. Smith (1904031), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 4th Battalion, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


SMITH, PAUL L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul L. Smith (2450288), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 September 1969, Company I was assaulting enemy positions in a tree line about one mile west of the An Hoa Combat Base when the Marines came under intense small arms, machine gun, and automatic weapons fire. Fearlessly maneuvering his squad to within fifteen meters of the enemy positions, Lance Corporal Smith directed his men to provide covering fire for an adjacent squad which was moving into the tree line. Although he and his squad members were pinned down by hostile fire, he single handedly advanced toward an enemy machine gun position and, in the face of a heavy volume of hostile fire, rushed the position, throwing grenades and firing his rifle. With his last hand grenade, Lance Corporal Smith killed two enemy soldiers, then, as a third soldier approached the machine gun, he killed the hostile soldier, utilizing the last of his rifle ammunition. Quickly rearming himself with enemy grenades he found at the machine gun position, Lance Corporal Smith valiantly moved into the tree line. After silencing another hostile position and killing one more enemy soldier with the enemy grenades, he led his squad through the tree line and secured the left flank, enabling the Marines to overrun their objective. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the defeat of the hostile force. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Lance Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fort Worth, Texas


*SMITH, RALPH E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph E. Smith (2121251), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Conyngham, Pennsylvania


SMITH, RAY L.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ray L. Smith (0-102290), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

SMITH, RAY L.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Ray L. Smith (0-102290), First Lieutenant, 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 July 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Shidler, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


SMITH, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert W. Smith (0-60795), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 7th Tractor Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SMITH, RONALD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald S. Smith (2438585), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Omaha, Nebraska


SMITH, STANLEY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanley D. Smith (1344855), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 26, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wichita Falls, Texas


*SMITH, TERRY LEE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Terry Lee Smith (2306818), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a radio operator with Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force in the Republic of Vietnam. On 20 February 1968, on Hill 881S near Khe Sanh, Corporal Smith observed a Marine helicopter landing in a zone on which he knew North Vietnamese Army gunners had registered heavy mortars. He realized that the aircraft would almost certainly be destroyed if it remained in the landing zone, and attempted unsuccessfully to contact the pilot by radio. Aware that the enemy rounds were probably already on the way, he restrained a Marine junior to him from going out on to the zone, and leaving the safety of his bunker ran across the open ground signaling manually to the helicopter crew to take off immediately. As the helicopter took off and before Corporal Smith could reach cover, he was fatally wounded by mortar fragments, gallantly sacrificing his life so that the crew might live. By his extraordinary courage in the face of overwhelming odds, his uncommon concern for others, and his self-sacrificing efforts, Corporal Smith reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


*SMITH, TIMOTHY J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Timothy J. Smith (2381891), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin


SMITH, WILLIAM N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William N. Smith (2053134), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 6, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


SMITH, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William R. Smith (0-84181), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 14, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Rochelle, New York


SMITH, WILLIE M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willie M. Smith (2335703), Private, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private Smith upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


SNYDER, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert A. Snyder (2288004), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 27, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Snyder upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


SOARD, CHARLES
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles Soard (2128430), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 29, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Soard upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portsmouth, Ohio


SODERLING, JERRY M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry M. Soderling (1835230), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Soderling upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


SOLDNER, DENNIS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis M. Soldner (2282431), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 1, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Soldner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Woodside, New York


*SOOTER, GARY E. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gary E. Sooter (2133934), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 5, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Sooter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Independence, Missouri


*SOUTHWORTH, RONALD HUBERT (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald Hubert Southworth (2102784), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Southworth upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Massena, New York


SPAHN, JORDAN A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jordan A. Spahn (1415686), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Spahn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Honolulu, Hawaii


*SPAINHOUR, WALTER J., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Walter J. Spainhour, Jr. (0-85876), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 5th Reconnaissance Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Spainhour upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lenoir, North Carolina


*SPARE, WAYNE J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Wayne J. Spare (2312160), Sergeant, 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 February 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Spare upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


SPARKS, HERBERT C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herbert C. Sparks (2077822), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 12th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 9, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sparks upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Butte, Montana


SPAWN, STANLEY I.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanley I. Spawn, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 223 (VMA(AW)-223), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 29, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Spawn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


SPENCER, JAMES L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Spencer, Jr., Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Spencer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SPENCER, JOHN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Spencer (2076344), Private, 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 October 17, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private Spencer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


SPENCER, THOMAS E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Spencer (2072026), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Spencer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Akron, Ohio


SQUIRES, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Squires (0-88986), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 23, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Squires upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


STACKPOLE, HENRY, III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry Stackpole, III (0-76572), Captain, 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.


STAGGS, DANIEL ALBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel Albert Staggs (2371706), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Scout with Company E, Second Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 6 June 1968, while conducting a patrol southeast of Con Thien, a platoon from Company E suddenly came under an intense automatic weapons and hand grenade attack from a well entrenched North Vietnamese Army force and sustained numerous casualties. Observing that the wounded men lay in positions dangerously exposed to hostile fire, Private First Class Staggs volunteered to assist in moving them to a covered area. After aiding a companion in carrying a mortally wounded Marine into a bomb crater, he quickly realized that the intense fire from an enemy sniper prevented the other casualties from being evacuated. Seizing a machine gun, he unhesitatingly left his concealed position, and accompanied by another Marine, rushed across the fire-swept area and returned with an injured man. When his companion was mortally wounded, Private First Class Staggs immediately retrieved the radio carried by the man and established communications with an aerial observer. Although inexperienced in medical evacuation procedures, he quickly organized a helicopter landing zone and supervised the movement of wounded Marines into a central location for medial evacuation. Continuing his determined efforts, he then skillfully guided helicopters into the zone, thereby providing lifesaving evacuation for numerous casualties. By his courage, bold initiative and unswerving devotion to duty at great personal risk, Private First Class Staggs inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*STAMPS, OLIVER CLIFTON (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Oliver Clifton Stamps (351300508), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company G, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 7 January 1970, Staff Sergeant Stamps was leading his platoon during a combat patrol when one of the Marines alertly detected an unexploded enemy bobby trap. After fearlessly examining the lethal device, Staff Sergeant Stamps determined that, because of its construction, it could not be safely disarmed. Unwilling to leave it in place and thus risk possible harm to other persons, he elected to detonate it in place. After carefully positioning his men in covered positions well away from the dangerous area, he valiantly approached the explosive device, but was mortally wounded when it prematurely exploded. His heroic and determined actions inspired all who observed him and saved several Marines from serious wounds or possible death. By his courage, selfless concern for his fellowmen, and steadfast devotion to duty, Staff Sergeant Stamps upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


STANFORD, CHARLES RICHARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles Richard Stanford (0-110356), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company G, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 9 December 1970, while occupying a position in defense of a hamlet in the Que Son District, a unit of Marines and Regional Forces soldiers came under a vicious ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force supported by intense mortar and rocket fire. Reacting instantly, First Lieutenant Stanford posted security at the vital Combat Operations Center, then fearlessly rushed across the fire-swept terrain to a mortar position manned by Regional Force soldiers and, after issuing instructions and pointing out targets to the men, again braved the withering fire to race back to the Combat Operations Center and request supporting artillery fire. While he was adjusting this fire on the enemy assembly areas and routes of advance and egress, a container of chemicals was damaged by a hostile grenade, spreading noxious fumes throughout the area. Realizing the need for immediate action to protect the vision of his companions, and enable them to continue their tasks, First Lieutenant Stanford unhesitatingly left the relative security of his emplacement and boldly crawled to a nearby bunker where h procured several gas masks and, after fearlessly retracing his hazardous route, distributed them among the command post personnel. Seemingly oblivious to the rounds impacting around him, he then moved to the point of heaviest contact and assisted the Regional Forces soldiers there to strengthen their positions. Under intense fire, he then coordinated and directed the medical evacuation of wounded Marines and Regional Force soldiers. Inspired by his fearless leadership and bold courage, the combined Vietnamese-American force waged a vigorous defense of the friendly positions until the North Vietnamese Army unit, having sustained numerous casualties, was forced to retreat. By his heroism, decisive actions, and steadfast devotion to duty at great personal risk, First Lieutenant Stanford contributed significantly to the defeat of a large enemy force and upheld the highest tradition of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Born: August 27, 1946 at Atlanta, Georgia
Home Town: Acworth, Georgia


*STANKIEWICZ, KENNETH D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Kenneth D. Stankiewicz (2063870), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Stankiewicz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Buffalo, New York


STANKOWSKI, WILLIAM N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William N. Stankowski (2201257), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Stankowski upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


STANSELL, BRECK S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Breck S. Stansell (2492219), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Stansell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


*STAPLES, THOMAS H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas H. Staples (0-103818), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Staples upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Petersburg, Michigan


*STARBUCK, ROBERT FRENCH (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert French Starbuck (1939063), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 3, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Starbuck upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Montgomery, New York


STARICK, MICHAEL G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael G. Starick (0-111710), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 6, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Starick upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Orchard Lake, Michigan


STEADMAN, HENRY W.
(First Award)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry W. Steadman (0-59087), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN (MAG-16), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 19 December 1970, Lieutenant Colonel Steadman launched as a Section Leader of a flight of two CH-46 transport helicopters assigned the mission of transporting elements of two Marine companies to various sites in Quang Nam Province. While on an approach to one of the landing zones in the Que Son Mountains, his aircraft lost power, crashed approximately seventy-five yards short of the landing zone, rolled to its left, came to rest upon its port side among some large boulders, and immediately burst into flames. After exiting the cockpit, Lieutenant Colonel Steadman looked back into his transport and saw that his copilot was unconscious and pinned down between his armored seat and the deck. Undaunted by exploding mortar rounds and ammunition and the intense heat, Lieutenant Colonel Steadman broke through one of the panels and reentered his helicopter. Upon seeing that one of his aerial gunners was pinned down in the wreckage and flames were rapidly moving toward him, he boldly assisted another Marine in freeing the aerial gunner and dragging him to safety through the broken windshield. Resolutely returning to the side of his copilot, Lieutenant Colonel Steadman aided another Marine in freeing the copilot's foot which was caught in the rudder pedal area, cut the straps securing the man to his seat, and then pulled him to the windshield where others helped to lift him out and carry him to safety. By his courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Steadman was instrumental in saving the lives of two of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

STEADMAN, HENRY 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 Henry W. Steadman (0-59087), Lieutenant Colonel, 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 December 19, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Steadman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cascilla, Mississippi
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


STEELE, DAVID L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. Steele (0-79444), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 263 (HMM-263), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 12, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Steele upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jupiter, Florida


*STEINBACH, THOMAS R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas R. Steinbach (2384229), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Steinbach upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Texas City, Texas


STEINER, DONALD E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald E. Steiner (2336548), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 18 August 1968, Company E was participating in Operation MAMELUKE THRUST in Quang Nam Province when Corporal Steiner's platoon came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force and several Marines fell wounded in a dangerously exposed area. After several attempts to retrieve the casualties were abandoned because of the intense hostile fire, Corporal Steiner unhesitatingly commenced delivering suppressive fire upon the enemy positions as he maneuvered across 150 meters of fire-swept terrain to the side of an injured Marine. Disregarding his own safety, he fearlessly shielded his injured comrade with his own body while skillfully treating the man's wounds and then carried the casualty through the intense hostile fire to a covered position. Ignoring the enemy rounds impacting near him, he maneuvered across the hazardous area on two additional occasions to assist other wounded Marines, and as he was moving the third man to a position of relative safety, Corporal Steiner was seriously injured. Resolutely continuing his determined efforts, he steadfastly refused medical assistance until the other wounded man had been evacuated. His resolute determination and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of his fellow Marines. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Steiner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


STENSLAND, WILLIAM C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William C. Stensland (0-79569), Captain, 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 December 15, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Stensland upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


STERN, GEORGE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George E. Stern (0-90398), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Force Reconnaissance Company, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 9, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Stern upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


STEVENS, ERNEST A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ernest A. Stevens (2115400), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 18, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Stevens upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ruston, Louisiana


STEVENS, MICHAEL JOHN
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael John Stevens (0-95091), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, Third Engineer Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 18 September 1967, First Lieutenant Stevens, as the Team Leader of a mine clearing detail, was advancing in front of his men and accompanying security forces during an operation near Camp Evans in Thua Thien Province. As he moved through an open area covered with dense undergrowth, he alertly observed a portion of detonation cord camouflaged in the thick undergrowth and immediately recognized it to be of Chinese Communist manufacture. Realizing that the cord was probably connected to enemy command detonated mines in the area, First Lieutenant Stevens unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety, boldly reached forward and cut the line. Almost simultaneously, the enemy detonated the explosive devices which severed three fingers on his right hand and paralyzed his left wrist and hand. A subsequent inspection of the mined area revealed that, as a result of his immediate evaluation of the situation and presence of mind, only seven of twenty-one mines in the area were successfully detonated, undoubtedly saving the lives of several Marines. By his courageous actions, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, First Lieutenant Stevens upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


STEVENS, WALTER T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter T. Stevens (2244778), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 19 September 1966.
Home Town: Scranton, Pennsylvania


STEWART, DAVID T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David T. Stewart (2388044), 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 August 31, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Stewart upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oakland, California


STEWART, MARVIN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marvin R. Stewart (2405463), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 26, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Stewart upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Louisville, Kentucky


STICK, MICHAEL O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael O. Stick (0-102306), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Stick upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


STICKEL, JAMES L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Stickel (2013516), Sergeant, 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 April 2, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Stickel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Springfield, Illinois


STINSON, DAVID THOMAS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David Thomas Stinson (1807439), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. While on a combat patrol on 22 July 1966, Staff Sergeant Stinson's squad was moving down a narrow jungle trail deep in enemy controlled territory when it confronted an approaching North Vietnamese platoon. Almost immediately, the squad's point man fired and killed the lead man of the enemy unit. Quickly, the enemy platoon, supported by two machine guns, deployed to both sides of the trail and launched a vicious attack against the Marines. Despite the intense fire, Staff Sergeant Stinson skillfully maneuvered his squad and positioned his machine gun in order to deliver a heavy volume of fire at the enemy. Gaining fire superiority over the enemy force, he courageously led his men in a fierce assault that disorganized the enemy unit and forced them to withdraw. In large measure due to his heroic and aggressive actions, six North Vietnamese soldiers were killed while the Marine squad suffered only one casualty. His determined fighting spirit and bold initiative inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his daring initiative, steadfast courage, aggressive leadership and selfless devotion to duty in the face of extreme danger, Staff Sergeant Stinson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
Home Town: Mt. Sterling, Pennsylvania


STOKES, ALVIN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alvin Stokes (2228293), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 23, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Stokes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bellville, Georgia


*STOKES, COLBEN BENJAMIN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Colben Benjamin Stokes (2101657), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, First Military Police Battalion, Force Logistic Command, THIRD Marine Amphibious Force, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 30 January 1968, during a combat operation in the DaNang Tactical Area of Responsibility, Private First Class Stokes' platoon was moving into a blocking position near Ap Bon (1). Suddenly, the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms fire and grenades from a numerically superior enemy force and, in the ensuing engagement, several Marines were wounded. With complete disregard for his own safety, Private First Class Stokes exposed himself to the hostile fire in order to assist his injured comrades. Ignoring the intense enemy fire, he fearlessly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain to a wounded corpsman and skillfully rendered medical treatment. Despite the heavy volume of enemy fire directed at him, he unhesitatingly crawled toward an injured Marine officer. Before reaching the casualty, however, Private First Class Stokes was mortally wounded. His resolute determination and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades were an inspiration to all who served with him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class Stokes 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: Laurel, Mississippi


STOKES, THOMAS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas M. Stokes (0-64904), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operations Officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 18 - 22, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Stokes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Charles Town, West Virginia


STOPPA, MICHAEL D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael D. Stoppa (2122149), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 24 May 1968, during Operation Allen Brook, Company M was assigned to assist a friendly unit which was pinned down by intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force near the village of Le Bac (1) in Quang Nam Province. As the Marines neared the besieged unit, they were suddenly halted by a heavy volume of fire from concealed enemy positions which inflicted numerous casualties. Alertly observing a hostile automatic weapon emplacement, Corporal Stoppa seized a satchel charge and, with complete disregard for his own safety, began maneuvering across the fire-swept terrain toward the enemy position. Ignoring the intense fire impacting around him, he fearlessly crawled next to the fortified emplacement and hurled the explosive charge inside, killing several North Vietnamese soldiers and silencing their automatic weapon. Upon returning to his unit's position. he boldly moved about the hazardous area administering first aid to his wounded comrades and evacuating them to positions of relative safety, until he was seriously wounded by the hostile fire. His bold initiative and sincere concern for the welfare of his comrades inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Stoppa upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


STORM, DENNIS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis M. Storm (0-106094), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 15, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Storm upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wood Dale, Illinois


*STORM, RALPH D., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph D. Storm, Jr. (522527158), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 27 July 1969.
Home Town: Union City, California


*STRAHM, ROBERT EUGENE (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Eugene Strahm (2263104), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action as an Automatic Rifleman with Company E, Second Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 17 November 1966. During a battalion search and destroy mission conducted jointly with Army of Vietnam forces in the Mai Loc area of Quang Tri Province, Private First Class Strahm's platoon was taken under intense small arms and heavy automatic weapons fire. Seeing three of his comrades felled by enemy fire from a fortified position, he maneuvered to a position where he could direct fire at the enemy. With complete disregard for his own safety, he advanced on the position, firing his automatic rifle and laying down protection for the wounded, thereby enabling a corpsman to safely reach the fallen Marines. Wounded almost immediately by enemy fire, he continued to pour devastating fire into their position. His outstanding valor, daring initiative and indomitable fighting spirit served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Kenton, Ohio


STRANGE, JOHN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Strange (0-104793), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Strange upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Madison, Alabama


*STRANGE, RICHARD L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard L. Strange (2039191), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Strange upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Richmond, Virginia


STRASSBURG, TERRY A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry A. Strassburg (2345236), Sergeant, 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 January 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Strassburg upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: North Tonowanda, New York


*STREHLE, ERNEST WILLIAM (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ernest William Strehle (2022568), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Strehle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Mundelein, Illinois


STRICKLAND, CHARLES E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles E. Strickland, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 June 1969, Staff Sergeant Strickland's platoon was serving as point element during a company- sized search and destroy operation eight miles east of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under intense machine gun and automatic weapons fire from an estimated enemy squad defending what appeared to be an extensive base camp. Skillfully maneuvering his men to prevent the North Vietnamese from breaking contact, Staff Sergeant Strickland unhesitatingly advanced to within hand grenade range of the enemy where he could better observe the situation and direct the efforts of his platoon. Although painfully wounded by grenade fragments, he fearlessly led an aggressive assault through the heavy volume of fire, personally killing a North Vietnamese Army officer. As a result of his heroic and bold actions, the enemy position was overrun, resulting in the capture of a pistol, six rifles, two submachine guns and light machine gun. By his courage, bold leadership and steadfast devotion to duty at great personal risk, Staff Sergeant Strickland inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Towanda, Pennsylvania


STRICKLAND, JAMES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James M. Strickland (0-101519), First Lieutenant, 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 August 31, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Strickland upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*STROUD, ROGER L. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Roger L. Stroud (2341655), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company C, First battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 7 July 1968, during an operation against a numerically superior enemy force in the vicinity of Hill 689 near Khe Sanh, in Quang Tri Province, Corporal Stroud's platoon was the point element for his company as it advanced to evacuate casualties and relieve another Marine company which was heavily engaged with the enemy. As the Marines moved to the location of the beleaguered company, Corporal Stroud's unit came under heavy North Vietnamese mortar and sniper fire. Undaunted by the heavy volume of hostile fire around him, he aggressively led his men forward through the hazardous mortar barrage and quickly deployed them in advantageous positions. Observing that several Marines from an adjacent platoon were wounded and exposed to the continuous enemy fire, Corporal Stroud unhesitatingly led several of his men across fifty meters of fire-swept terrain to the side of the casualties and, after personally administering medical aid to four men, directed the evacuation of the wounded to an area of relative safety. Returning to his squad, he was maneuvering his men forward when he observed a North Vietnamese sniper inflicting heavy casualties on t he assaulting platoon. Directing the remainder of his squad to provide protective covering fire, he crawled to within hand grenade range of the hostile position and was preparing to throw a grenade when the sniper was killed by the accurate fire of his squad members. Momentarily pausing in order to replace the firing pin in the grenade, Corporal Stroud was struck by enemy fire. Although mortally wounded and in extreme pain, he called for assistance and remained conscious long enough for a companion to reach his side and remove the hand grenade before he collapsed from his wound. His presence of mind and selfless actions undoubtedly prevented serious injury or possible death to his fellow Marines around him. By his courage, bold initiative and unfaltering devotion to duty, Corporal Stroud contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Corpus Christi, Texas


SUAREZ, JOHN
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Suarez, Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Suarez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


SUGG, ROBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Sugg (2228013), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 19, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sugg upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


SULLIVAN, BRIAN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Brian R. Sullivan (0-103017), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters Battery, 11th Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Sullivan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


*SULLIVAN, DAVID O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to David O. Sullivan (2378304), 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 February 14, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Sullivan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Quincy, Massachusetts


*SULLIVAN, HUGH JOHN, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Hugh John Sullivan, Jr. (1915920), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 5, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Sullivan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Allentown, Pennsylvania


*SULLIVAN, JOSEPH H. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Joseph H. Sullivan (1851528), Staff 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 September 15, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Sullivan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Dillon, South Carolina


SULLIVAN, THOMAS J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas J. Sullivan (0-102448), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), Marine Aircraft Group SIXTEEN (MAG-16), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Late on the afternoon of 7 February 1969, Fist Lieutenant Sullivan launched as Aircraft Commander aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned to heli-lift a recovery team to a crash site in Quang Nam Province to retrieve five fatally injured Marines whose aircraft had come under intense hostile fire and crashed while engaged in a medical evacuation mission. Arriving over the designated area, he ignored the enemy fire directed against his helicopter as he orbited the area and was briefed on the ground situation. Undaunted by the extremely heavy volume of hostile small arms, automatic weapons, and machine gun fire, he skillfully directed the delivery of his crew's suppressive machine gun fire and fearlessly maneuvered through the hail of enemy fire to land near the downed aircraft. Oblivious to the hostile rounds impacting near his CH-46, he resolutely remained in his dangerously exposed position while his recovery team disembarked and three wounded Marines were placed aboard. Departing the area for the nearest medical facility, he disembarked the casualties and quickly returned to the beleaguered Marines' position. Despite the darkness, adverse weather, and the increasing intensity of enemy fire, First Lieutenant Sullivan completely disregarded his own safety as he boldly maneuvered his CH-46 into the hazardous area and resolutely held his position on the ground until the Marine casualties and salvaged items were placed aboard and the recovery team embarked before maneuvering his heavily loaded helicopter out of he dangerous area and departing for the Marble Mountain Air Facility. By his courage, superior airmanship and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal risk, First Lieutenant Sullivan was instrumental in the accomplishment of the hazardous mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
Home Town: Tappan, New York


SUMNER, NORMAN B.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Norman B. Sumner (1805926), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Crew Chief of a UH-34 Helicopter with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in the Republic of Vietnam. On 4 December 1965, Sergeant Sumner's helicopter was sent on an emergency evacuation mission to rescue a wounded Army advisor and evacuate the crew of a crashed Marine helicopter in insurgent communist (Viet Cong) controlled territory. As his helicopter landed, hostile fire was received. With complete disregard for his own safety, he jumped out of the aircraft and ran to the aid of the wounded advisor. While still under direct enemy fire, Sergeant Sumner climbed a steep bank, only to find his path blocked by a barbed wire fence. Tearing down this obstacle with his bare hands, he ran across an exposed area for twenty-five yards, but found his route obstructed by an eight foot bamboo fence. Tearing a hole in the fence, he reached the wounded advisor, lifting him to his shoulder and returning across the same exposed and heavily defended area, successfully loading him aboard the waiting helicopter. Resuming his regular duties as crew chief, Sergeant Sumner immediately delivered heavy suppressive machine gun fire on enemy positions. By his heroic actions and selfless devotion to duty in the face of grave personal risk, Sergeant Sumner upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


SUTHERLAND, REGINALD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Reginald J. Sutherland (102400718), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-4-6, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Sutherland upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hartsdale, New York


SWINDLE, ORSON G., III (POW)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Orson G. Swindle, III (0-78193), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action from 21 to 23 August 1967, while being held as a Prisoner of War. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Swindle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

SWINDLE, ORSON G., III (POW)
(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 Orson G. Swindle, III (0-78193), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action from 7 through 30 July 1969, while being held as a Prisoner of War. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Swindle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Camilla, Georgia
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal


SYKORA, MARCUS L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marcus L. Sykora (2192997), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Automatic Rifleman with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours on 14 May 1967, Lance Corporal Sykora's company was subjected to intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire, followed by a vicious attack by a North Vietnamese force during Operation Union near Phouc Duc (4) in Quang Tin Province. Unhesitatingly, Lance Corporal Sykora exposed himself to the concentrated enemy fire while directing accurate return fire on the enemy. Almost immediately, the enemy pinpointed his position, but undaunted by the intense fire striking around him, Lance Corporal Sykora remained in his perilous position, inflicting numerous casualties and disorganizing the North Vietnamese until he was seriously wounded by enemy fire in the had and neck. In large measure due to Lance Corporal Sykora's bold actions and courage in the face of grave personal danger, the enemy was repulsed and forty-six North Vietnamese soldiers were killed. By his exceptional professional ability, fearless initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Sykora upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lubbock, Texas


*SZYMANSKI, JOHN S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John S. Szymanski (1824342), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 23, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Szymanski upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Trenton, New Jersey

 

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