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Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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TABER, EDWARD A., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward A. Taber, III (0-91789), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 18, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Taber upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hanover, New Hampshire


TALONE, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Talone (0-103834), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 August 1968.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*TATUM, HAROLD D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Harold D. Tatum (1102779), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Tatum upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Sandy Springs, Georgia


*TAUFI, AOULIOLITAU F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Aouliolitau F. Taufi (586220978), 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 April 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Taufi 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


TAYLOR, BAYARD V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bayard V. Taylor (0-102323), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30 - May 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chester County, Pennsylvania


*TAYLOR, BILLY J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Billy J. Taylor (2311662), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-3-3, 1st Combined Action Group, 3d Marine Amphibious Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Wyandotte, Michigan


TAYLOR, JAMES B., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James B. Taylor, Jr. (2333094), Lance Corporal, 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 March 20, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Weirsdale, Florida


TAYLOR, JAMES C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James C. Taylor (2341646), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as with Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 17 September 1969, Company L was occupying a night defensive position northwest of Cam Lo in Quang Tri Province when the Marines came under a vicious ground attack by a North Vietnamese Army battalion supported by rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons fire and accompanied by a sapper unit utilizing satchel charges. In the initial moments of the fierce assault several Marines were wounded, and observing one casualty lying in a dangerously exposed position, Sergeant Taylor unhesitatingly raced across the fire-swept terrain to his companion's side, then picking up the injured man, he fearlessly carried him to a covered position. For the next several hours, Sergeant Taylor repeatedly exposed himself to the enemy fire raking the area as he moved from one Marine position to another, encouraging his men, supplying them with ammunition, and directing their suppressive fire at the determined hostile soldiers. As the tempo of the battle increased, he noted that one section of the defensive perimeter was in imminent danger of being penetrated, and realizing the seriousness of the situation, boldly led a reaction force to that point to prevent North Vietnamese exploitation of the critical situation. When the enemy resorted to radio jamming techniques, Sergeant Taylor, with complete disregard for his own safety, continually braved the hostile round impacting in the are to maneuver from one position to another, relaying instructions and orders to his squad leaders. His heroic actions and resolute efforts inspired all who observed him, and provide the coordination necessary to defeat the enemy. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Sergeant Taylor contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Houston, Texas


*TAYLOR, JOHN S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John S. Taylor (2369008), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 20, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Granby, Connecticut


TAYLOR, KENNETH T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth T. Taylor (0-81806), 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 31, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Huntsville, Alabama


TAYLOR, MICHAEL L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael L. Taylor (2360274), 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 morning of 19 December 1970, Corporal Taylor launched as Crew Chief aboard the lead aircraft in 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 zone, rolled to its left, came to rest on its port side among large boulders, and immediately burst into flames. Although thrown to the deck and injured at the time of the impact, Corporal Taylor quickly recovered and exited the burning helicopter. Hearing screams from inside the transport, Corporal Taylor, undaunted by exploding mortar rounds and ammunition and intense heat, completely disregarding his own safety as he fearlessly reentered the blazing aircraft and struggled until he freed his aerial gunner from the wreckage. He then carried him to the hatch and lifted him out through the open hatch where other Marines carried the injured Marine to safety. Although overcome by the heat and his painful injuries, which required him to be helped out of the helicopter, he refused to leave the area and soon recovered enough strength to assist in freeing other crew members and leading them to safety. By his courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Taylor was instrumental in saving the lives of some of his fellow Marines and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Daytona Beach, Florida


TAYLOR, RICHARD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard B. Taylor (0-700569), 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 31, 1963. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


TAYLOR, RICHARD H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard H. Taylor (0-76381), Major, 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 September 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albany, New York


TAYLOR, WILLIAM E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William E. Taylor (2372470), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Taylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Florence, Mississippi


TEIKEN, DENNIS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dennis M. Teiken (2059260), 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 Teiken upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


TELLES, JOSE A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jose A. Telles (1410709), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Weapons Platoon Commander with Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 20 November 1969, while occupying a blocking position in an area southwest of DaNang, the defensive perimeter of Company D came under a vicious attack by a North Vietnamese Army force. Unhesitatingly rushing across the fire-swept terrain to a dangerously exposed vantage point, Staff Sergeant Telles skillfully adjusted illumination fire on all possible avenues of enemy approach and, when the illumination fire suddenly halted, again braved the hostile fire as he ran to the mortar emplacement. Finding that the base plate had become mired in mud, he resourcefully removed the mortar tube, placed it in his helmet on the ground and, wrapping the tube in his utility jacket, held the extremely hot weapon while a companion resumed firing. His heroic and determined actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the defeat of the determined North Vietnamese Army soldiers. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Telles upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: El Paso, Texas


*TENNANT, BYRON L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Byron L. Tennant (0-106684), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Tennant upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Farmville, Virginia


TENNEY, JOSEPH R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph R. Tenney (0-79574), Captain, 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 night of 6 September 1967, Captain TENNEY led his company to reinforce another unit which was heavily engaged with a numerically superior and well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army force. Upon reaching the besieged company's position, he skill­fully maneuvered his men through the intense enemy automatic weapons and mortar fire and directed the reinforcement of the defensive positions. Repeatedly exposing himself to the hostile fire, Captain TENNEY courageously moved from one position to another where contact with the enemy was the heaviest, shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their fire. Disregarding his own safety, he continuously moved about the fire-swept area to inspect the vital machine gun positions and, on two occasions, when the crew members had become casualties, quickly obtained replacements and immediately placed the weapons back in operation. Throughout the attack, he fearlessly moved through the hostile fire to select positions from which he could best direct the efforts of his company which, on two occasions, halted the enemy's advance within five meters of the Perimeter. After the final enemy assault had been repulsed, he consolidated his positions and, for the remainder of the night, he supervised the collection, treatment and evacuation of casualties. His aggressiveness and outstanding professionalism were an inspiration to all who served with him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his steadfast courage, superb leadership and unswerving devo­tion to duty at great personal risk, Captain TENNEY upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cape Cod, Massachusetts


TER HAAR, RAYMOND L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond L. Ter Haar, Jr. (1803966), 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 November 30, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Ter Haar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rochester, New York


TERHORST, BERNARD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bernard E. Terhorst (1896541), Sergeant, 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 April 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Terhorst upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Paonia, Colorado


TERHORST, BERNARD R. (KIA)
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bernard R. Terhorst (0-68004), 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 February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Terhorst upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

*TERHORST, BERNARD R. (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 Bernard R. Terhorst (0-68004), 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 April 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Terhorst upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: St. Paul, Minnesota
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam), Purple Heart


TERRIAN, CLYDE JOSEPH
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clyde Joseph Terrian (2146689), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, FMF, on 6 March 1966, in the Republic of Vietnam. While occupying positions in protection of a downed helicopter, deep in insurgent communist (Viet Cong) territory, Private First Class Terrian, with complete disregard for his own safety, ran to the aid of a fellow Marine who had been wounded and cut off from the rest of his patrol by a devastating volume of enemy automatic weapons fire. Placing himself between the wounded Marine and the Viet Cong and exposing himself to the murderous automatic fire, he delivered protective fire upon the enemy, enabling another Marine to attempt to evacuate the wounded man. Although painfully wounded himself, he continued to hold off the Viet Cong, until the Marine attempting to rescue the wounded man also became a casualty. Private First Class Terrian then returned to the aid of both casualties, continuing to fire and assisting in bringing both Marines to the safety of the Company perimeter. His bravery under fire undoubtedly saved the life of one Marine and was instrumental in saving another. By his initiative, courage and selfless dedication to duty throughout, Private First Class Terrian upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: September 24, 1947 at Flint, Michigan
Home Town: Flint, Michigan
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


TERRY, HUNTER M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hunter M. Terry (2448732), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Terry upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


*TERSTEEGE, PAUL F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Paul F. Tersteege (1532700), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Tersteege upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Tuscon, Arizona


THARP, JOHN J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John J. Tharp (0-71855), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 28, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Tharp upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Virginia Beach, Virginia


THEER, RICHARD EDWARD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard Edward Theer (0-77292), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving as Commanding Officer of Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division. During Operation HARVEST MOON in Quang Tin Province on 10 December 1965, Captain Theer's Company was ordered into enemy-held territory to aid two imperiled companies of the Battalion. Although the Viet Cong troops tenaciously held a heavily fortified and well-entrenched position, Captain Theer unhesitatingly committed his Company in a bold attack which succeeded in relieving pressure on his fellow Marines. With a resolute determination that inspired his men to follow his example, Captain Theer placed himself at the center of the advancing line and urged his unit forward through a hazardously exposed wide area of open, flooded and fire-torn rice paddies. When the fierceness of battle slowed the advance, Captain Theer, with a ready grasp of the critical situation, requested and directed close air support and artillery fire, perilously exposing himself in order to pinpoint the supporting arms strike, then persistently moved his men forward under cover of the friendly fire. When ordered to withdraw due to darkness, he skillfully organized a well-executed retrograde movement, which ensured the evacuation of all his wounded men. Ever concerned with the welfare of his troops, he personally carried a wounded Marine more than 500 yards through mud and water, gallantly defying enemy fire. During the withdrawal, Captain Theer's unswerving tactical judgment was again displayed when he countered an enemy flanking movement with quick and decisive maneuvering of his unit. His exceptional leadership and personal valor, coupled with great professional skill and initiative, played an inestimable part in saving the lives of many of his fellow Marines and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. By his indomitable determination and unswerving devotion to duty, Captain Theer upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Davenport, Iowa


THEISS, WILLIAM L
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William L Theiss (1369673), 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 29, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Theiss upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Newell, West Virginia


THERIAULT, DAVID G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David G. Theriault (2322217), 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 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Theriault upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Tehachapi, California


THIEWES, RONALD C.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ronald C. Thiewes (0-106428), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 26 January 1969, Company L was participating in Operation Taylor common near An Hoa in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under intense automatic weapons fire from a well-concealed enemy force and several men were wounded. Rapidly assessing the crucial situation, Second Lieutenant Thiewes boldly ignored the enemy rounds impacting near him as he swiftly deployed his men and directed their fire upon the hostile positions. Alertly observing four injured Marines lying in an area dangerously exposed to enemy fire, he fearlessly maneuvered across the fire-swept terrain to the wounded men, skillfully rendered emergency first aid to his comrades, and assisted them to positions of relative safety. Although sustaining a painful injury, Second Lieutenant Thiewes resolutely remained with the casualties and delivered effective suppressive fire upon the enemy soldiers. When the hostile force was defeated, he steadfastly refused medical aid until the other seriously wounded men had been treated. His daring initiative and gallant efforts inspired all who served with him and were instrumental in saving the lives of four Marines. By his courage, superb leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Second Lieutenant Thiewes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winona, Minnesota


THOMAS, DANIEL GEORGE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Daniel George Thomas, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Crewman with Company A, Third Amphibian Tractor Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25 February 1968, Corporal Thomas' amphibian tractor was participating in a mine clearing operation on National Route FIVE near Dai Loc, with a secondary mission of retrieving an amphibian tractor which had been damaged earlier by an enemy mine. Upon clearing the road, two amphibian tractors accompanied by two squads of infantry and a detachment of combat engineers proceeded to the location of the damaged tractor. While preparing to retrieve the vehicle, the unit came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and recoilless rifle fire from a numerically superior enemy force. Reacting instantly, Corporal Thomas mounted his amphibian tractor and, with complete disregard for his own safety, commenced delivering effective machine gun fire at the enemy. Alertly observing an enemy element attempting to surround his unit, he delivered a heavy volume of accurate fire, which halted the hostile force and prevented his unit from being encircled. Although his tractor received two direct hits from recoilless rifle fire during the thirty minute fire fight, he fearlessly remained in his dangerously exposed position until a third direct hit hurled him to the ground and knocked him unconscious. After regaining consciousness, he unhesitatingly climbed aboard the other amphibian tractor and drove it out of the hazardous area, leading the other Marines to a more covered position and enabling air strikes to be brought to bear on the hostile emplacements. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Thomas contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


THOMAS, VELPEAU C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Velpeau C. Thomas (0-98055), Second Lieutenant, 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 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Thomas upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Burton, South Carolina


THOME, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard J. Thome (2248778), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 18, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Thome upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Abrams, Wisconsin


THOMPSON, DAVID B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David B. Thompson, Sergeant, 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 January 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Thompson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


THOMPSON, HARVEY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harvey E. Thompson (2077393), 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 January 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Thompson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albany, New York


THOMPSON, JOHN R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John R. Thompson (2168938), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 November 1967.


*THOMPSON, LESLIE D. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Leslie D. Thompson (2366588), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 3 March 1969, during Operation TAYLOR COMMON, Company M was conducting a reconnaissance in force in Quang Nam Province when one of Sergeant Thompson's squads was pinned down by a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying well-concealed emplacements. Immediately deploying the remainder of his platoon as a reaction unit, Sergeant Thompson placed his men in effective fighting positions enabling the beleaguered squad to withdraw. The following day, as the platoon came under intense hostile fire, Sergeant Thompson fearlessly ran to the point of heaviest contact and exhorted his me to advance. As the Marines progressed up a hill, firing became more intensified until, fifty meters from their objective, they were forced to occupy covered emplacements. Supplying himself with extra ammunition, Sergeant Thompson, while seeking to pinpoint the major source of Vietnamese fire, became the target of concentrated attention from two points. Maintaining his dangerously exposed position, he provided accurate suppressive fire while another Marine recovered a casualty, then skillfully maneuvered his men to a more tenable location. On 5 March 1969, Sergeant Thompson was conducting a recovery operation when he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his courage, aggressive leadership, and unwavering devotion to duty, Sergeant Thompson inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Tampa, Florida


*THOMPSON, ROBERT B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert B. Thompson (2275075), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 20, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Thompson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Grants Pass, Oregon


*THOMPSON, STEPHEN M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Stephen M. Thompson (2390565), 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 May 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Thompson 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


THOMPSON, WAYNE W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Wayne W. Thompson, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Thompson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


THOMS, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert L. Thoms (1951269), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Thoms upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: BatonRouge, Louisiana


*THOMSON, ROBERT BRIAN (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Brian Thomson (2190293), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Grenadier with Third Force Reconnaissance Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 16 February 1968, Corporal Thomson was a member of a reconnaissance patrol which ambushed seven North Vietnamese Army soldiers southeast of Con Thien. During the ambush, Corporal Thomson's accurate grenade launcher fire quickly silenced the enemy's return fire. When one of the Marines was wounded, as he attempted to search the ambush site, Corporal Thomson volunteered to reconnoiter the area and killed one enemy soldier concealed in the foliage. While waiting for an extraction helicopter, his unit came under small arms and mortar fire and was pinned down. Delivering effective suppressive fire on a suspected enemy mortar emplacement, he quickly silenced the weapon. As a result of the effectiveness of his fire, the North Vietnamese concentrated their fire on his position. With complete disregard for his own safety, he fearlessly stood up and continued to deliver a heavy volume of fire until he was mortally wounded. His steadfast determination and selfless concern for the welfare of his fellow Marines inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the subsequent safe extraction of his patrol. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Thomson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Colorado Springs, Colorado


*THUESEN, THOMAS R. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas R. Thuesen (2375951), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gunner with Company M. Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 18 May 1968 during Operation ALLEN BROOK, Lance Corporal Thuesen's platoon was moving to reinforce other units operating in the vicinity of Le Bac (2) in Quang Nam Province when the platoon came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire from a well camouflaged, entrenched North Vietnamese Army force, wounding several Marines. Rapidly assessing the situation, Lance Corporal Thuesen moved to a position where he began delivering a heavy volume of suppressive fire, enabling several of the casualties to be treated and evacuated from the hazardous area. When his ammunition was expended, he ignored the hostile fire and moved to another position where ammunition was located and then resumed firing until his resupply of ammunition was expended. Realizing the serious condition of the wounded and their urgent need for medical care, he crawled across the fire-swept area, obtained a medical 'Kit and additional personnel and ammunition and guided a small relief force back to his position. Repeatedly exposing himself to the North Vietnamese fire, he completely disregarded his own safety as he moved to positions to deliver more effective fire. When his weapon malfunctioned, he remained exposed to hostile fire as he dismantled the machine gun, cleared the malfunction, reassembled the weapon and resumed firing. After a second malfunction, he ran across the fire-swept area where he obtained another weapon and continued to bring accurate fire to bear against the enemy. Although he had been moving constantly in the intense heat throughout the five hour battle, he refused to withdraw until all the casualties had been evacuated. When his platoon was ordered to break contact, he provided covering fire until the withdrawal was completed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty in the face of great personal risk, Lance Corporal Thuesen inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


TIGUE, THOMAS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas M. Tigue (0-106391), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 15, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Tigue upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittston, Pennsylvania


TILGHMAN, RICHARD K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard K. Tilghman (2422175), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Tilghman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*TILL, WILLARD H., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Willard H. Till, Jr. (2339848), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Till upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina


*TILLERY, JERRY T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jerry T. Tillery (2174609), Private First Class, 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 February 3, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Tillery upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


TILLEY, ROBERT O.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert O. Tilley (0-91071), 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. Late in the afternoon on 12 May 1967, during Operation Union, First Lieutenant Tilley displayed exceptional professional skill and heroism when he led his company to relieve the beleaguered elements of a point unit which had sustained heavy casualties from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. By aggressive fire and maneuver tactics, he moved to the hostile flank, delivering effective suppressive fire to allow withdrawal of the besieged unit. Throughout the night, First Lieutenant Tilley moved among his men, encouraging them and directing supporting arms fire on the enemy. Early on 13 May, Company K was assigned to support adjacent units in attacking an estimated battalion of North Vietnamese. Upon joining with the friendly units, his company immediately came under intense mortar and machine gun fire; however, disregarding his own safety, First Lieutenant Tilley unhesitatingly exposed himself to the heavy fire in order to deploy his units into strategic fighting positions. During the attack, he was seriously wounded by machine gun fire. Disregarding his painful wound, he continued to lead his men until his condition forced him to be medically evacuated. After the enemy had been routed and fled, 105 dead were counted and large quantities of weapons, ammunition and other abandoned equipment were seized. His superior leadership and determination were an inspiration to all who served with him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his outstanding professionalism, uncommon courage, and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, First Lieutenant Tilley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Diego, California


TIMMONS, DURWARD E., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Durward E. Timmons, Jr. (2417274), 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 10 September 1968, Company I was participating in Operation Mameluke Thrust when the Marines came under a heavy volume of small arms and automatic weapons fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army unit occupying well-concealed emplacements. Observing that the point man had been seriously wounded during the initial contact and lay dangerously exposed to the intense hostile fire, Corporal Timmons unhesitatingly raced through the hazardous area and pulled his injured companion to a relatively covered location behind a rice paddy dike. While he was rendering first aid to the casualty, Corporal Timmons and his comrade became separated from the remainder of their squad. When the squad was directed to withdraw to a more tenable position, Corporal Timmons ignored the hostile rounds impacting about him as he boldly stood in full view of the hostile soldiers, hurling hand grenades and delivering rifle fire which enabled his fellow Marines to safely re-deploy. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in killing seven North Vietnamese Army soldiers and capturing a large quantity of weapons and equipment. By his courage, sincere concern for his fellow men and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Corporal Timmons upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


*TINKER, JOHN G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John G. Tinker (2295077), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 28, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Tinker 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 Boston, Illinois


TISCIA, JOSEPH R., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph R. Tiscia, Jr. (2211990), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On, 7 February 1968, Corporal TISCIA was a member of the security unit aboard a convoy returning from a resupply mission in Thua Thien Province. As the convoy approached National Route One, it suddenly came under intense small arms, automatic weapons, mortar and antitank rocket fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, Corporal TISCIA skillfully deployed elements of the security unit into advantageous firing positions and ably directed a heavy volume of suppressive fire at the hostile emplacements. Alertly observing two wounded Marines lying in an area dangerously exposed to the hostile fire, he fearlessly ran across the fire-swept terrain to the injured men and rapidly moved then: to covered positions. Disregarding his own safety, he maneuvered toward an enemy machine gun emplacement, and as he threw a hand grenade which silenced the hostile position, he was wounded Ignoring his painful injuries, he continued to shout words of encouragement and direct the fire of his comrades until reinforcements arrived His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of two wounded Marines. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal TISCIA upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee


TODD, GARY G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary G. Todd (0-105100), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Todd upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


TODD, GEORGE G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George G. Todd (2306711), 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 May 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Todd upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Parris, Tennessee


TODD, HORACE B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Horace B. Todd, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-1, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Todd upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


TODD, LARRY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry D. Todd, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 11th Engineer Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Todd upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


TOKARZ, ANTHONY P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Anthony P. Tokarz (0-89467), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Tokarz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fairmont, West Virginia


TOLAN, PAUL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul D. Tolan (2117476), 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 January 5, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Tolan upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Franklin, Massachusetts


TOLBERT, ROOSEVELT, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roosevelt Tolbert, Jr. (2386324), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Tolbert upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


TOLENTINO, CLARENCE
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clarence Tolentino (1268075), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Squad Leader of a Machine Gun Squad, attached to the 1st Platoon, Company C, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in action against insurgent Communist Viet Cong forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 5 March 1966, during Operation UTAH, in Quang Ngai Province, Sergeant Tolentino was moving his squad in the Company's assault when the platoon was pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire and a grenade barrage. After heroically exposing himself to the enemy fire in order to pinpoint the enemy positions, he picked up the machine gun of a wounded member of his squad and single-handedly assaulted the enemy positions. During his valiant effort, he was forced to stop because the machine gun malfunctioned. Undaunted, he returned to his position, retrieved his M-14 rifle and again gallantly moved against the enemy positions, remaining there so that they could not be reoccupied by the Viet Cong until his platoon could organize for the final assault on the well-entrenched enemy. He then joined the rest of the platoon in their final assault. By his heroic actions and gallant display of bravery, Sergeant Tolentino decisively contributed to ultimate victory over the enemy and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Luis Rey, California


TOLLESON, FREDERIC L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederic L. Tolleson (0-67884), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 19 - 25, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Tolleson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sisterdale, Texas


*TOLLIVER, JIMMY ELLISON (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jimmy Ellison Tolliver (1813850), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Observation Squadron 6 (VMO-6), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Tolliver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Cromona, Kentucky


TONUCCI, RICHARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard L. Tonucci (2011754), 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, Corporal Tonucci upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Derby, Connecticut


TORRES, FELIPE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Felipe Torres (2320197), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 8, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Torres upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bronx, New York


TORREY, PHILLIP H., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Phillip H. Torrey, III (0-85190), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Torrey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


TOWNES, RAYMOND M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Raymond M. Townes (2371093), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Townes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Nashville, Tennessee


*TOWNSEND, GARY R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Gary R. Townsend (2424290), 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 Townsend upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Orchard Park, New York


TRAUTWEIN, HENRY J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry J. Trautwein, Jr. (0-83757), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Trautwein upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Austin, Texas


TRAYLOR, COREY S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Corey S. Traylor (2388893), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 9th Engineer Battalion, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 26, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Traylor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seattle, Washington


TREVINO, ELIAS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elias Trevino (1374493), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Trevino upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mercedes, Texas


TRIVETTE, MARION C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marion C. Trivette, Jr. (2246889), Private, 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 March 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private Trivette upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Quinton, Virginia


TRUJILLO, GILARDO J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gilardo J. Trujillo (1984214), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 11th Engineer Battalion, 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 Trujillo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


TUBBS, JAMES L., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Tubbs, Jr., 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 January 22, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Tubbs upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


TUCKWILLER, FRANK W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frank W. Tuckwiller (234601968), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 9, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Tuckwiller upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lewisburg, West Virginia


TULLY, JAMES M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James M. Tully (0-78737), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 20 - 21, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Tully upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bronx, New York


TULLY, LESTER A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lester A. Tully (2221284), 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 31, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Tully upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Woodville, Florida


TURNER, DAVID J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David J. Turner (0-103854), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 2d Battalion, 11th Marines, 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, First Lieutenant Turner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pueblo, Colorado


TURNER, EARL J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Earl J. Turner (236522), 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 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Turner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*TURNER, LINDSAY C. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Lindsay C. Turner (248885140), Private First Class, 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, Private First Class Turner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Edgemore, South Carolina


TURNER, WILLIS S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willis S. Turner, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 27 May 1968.


TUTEN, ERNEST W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ernest W. Tuten (2513705), 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 May 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Tuten upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Simons Island, Georgia


TWARDOWSKI, JOHN M.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Twardowski (1890804), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as an Ammunition Technician with the Force Logistic Support Team, THIRD Marine Amphibious Force, in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 January 1966, at Ammunition Supply Point ONE, fire erupted on a truck carrying several hundred pounds of 81-mm. mortar ammunition, creating imminent danger of explosion. Running to the platoon area while shouting a warning to personnel in the vicinity, Sergeant Twardowski picked up a fire extinguisher and without hesitation approached the burning truck. When the Ammunition Platoon Leader took the extinguisher from him and advised him to move away, Sergeant Twardowski promptly took another extinguisher and followed the Platoon Leader aboard the flaming vehicle, where he was again warned to leave the scene of potential disaster. He steadfastly refused to abandon his position, exchanging the extinguisher for a water host as soon as fire truck equipment could be employed, and assisted in fighting the blaze until the fire was out and the ammunition cooled to a degree where explosion was less likely. His unhesitating action in the face of extreme danger helped prevent a serious situation which, except for the swift measures which were taken, undoubtedly would have resulted in extensive loss of life and equipment. By his extraordinary heroism, brilliant initiative and unfaltering dedication to duty throughout, Sergeant Twardowski upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Simons Island, Georgia


TWETEN, RAY G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ray G. Tweten (2076003), 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 September 24, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Tweten upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


TWILLING, HENRY M., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry M. Twilling, III (2140441), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Twilling upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


TWOHEY, RICHARD B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard B. Twohey (0-504049), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Twohey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


TYLER, JAMES H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James H. Tyler (2347958), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Tyler upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wilmington, California


*TYSON, STUART H. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Stuart H. Tyson (2412740), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company M, Third 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 7 June 1969, Company M was occupying a night defensive position in the Goi Noi Island area of Quang Nam Province. Suddenly, the Marines came under a vicious ground assault by a North Vietnamese Army company utilizing small arms and automatic weapons and concentrating their attack on Corporal Tyson's sector of the perimeter. During the ensuing engagement, the hostile force made repeated attempts to overrun Corporal Tyson's emplacement, and on each occasion, in a daring display of leadership, he fearlessly moved across the fire-swept terrain from one Marine position to another, pointing out targets to his men and shouting words of encouragement to them. Observing two wounded Marines lying a in a position dangerously exposed to the enemy fire, Corporal Tyson completely disregarded his own safety as he raced through the hazardous area to his injured companions. Seemingly ignoring the hostile hand grenades thrown at him, Corporal Tyson quickly rendered first aid to the casualties, and while he was assisting the men toward covered positions, the North Vietnamese again assaulted the perimeter. Realizing the need for immediate action, Corporal Tyson boldly stood in full view of the enemy soldiers and hurled hand grenades which killed two North Vietnamese and temporarily halted the hostile advance. Quickly returning to his squad, Corporal Tyson shouted instructions to his men and directed their devastating suppressive fire which disrupted the assault and forced the North Vietnamese Army unit into a disorganized retreat. When the hostile unit initiated a third attack against the same sector of the unit's defensive perimeter, Corporal Tyson was mortally wounded while vigorously defending his position. His heroic and determined actions inspired all who observed him and contributed significantly to the accomplishment of this unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Tyson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his in the service of his country.
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia

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UHL, THOMAS F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas F. Uhl (2244036), 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 October 27, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Uhl upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


UNDERHILL, HERBERT
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herbert Underhill (597136), 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 March 28, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Underhill upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sioux Falls, South Dakota


*UNDERWOOD, BILLY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Billy L. Underwood (2340074), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Underwood upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Asheboro, North Carolina


UNGAR, THOMAS D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas D. Ungar (0-79467), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 121 (VMA(AW)-121), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ungar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


UNGERER, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William P. Ungerer (2103251), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 6, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Ungerer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


UPSHAW, CHARLES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Upshaw (0-79074), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron THREE HUNDRED SIXTY-FOUR (HMM-364), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam in May 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Upshaw upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Blythe, California


U'REN, WILLIAM F. H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. H. U'Ren, Jr. (0-76013), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 13, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major U'Ren upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Bruno, California


UTTER, LEON N.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leon N. Utter (0-49824), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Utter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

UTTER, LEON N.
(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 Leon N. Utter (0-49824), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Utter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Miami, Oklahoma
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)

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VACCA, WILLIAM P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William P. Vacca (0-95128), Second Lieutenant, 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 May 24, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Vacca upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


VALADEZ, ROBERT S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert S. Valadez (2434714), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 28, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Valadez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*VALDEZ, JOHN B. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John B. Valdez (523688647), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving 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, Company I was conducting a search and destroy operation eight miles east of An Hoa. When the point man discovered and enemy base camp, the enemy immediately opened fire with a machine gun and wounded him. Quickly moving to a position fifty feet from the casualty, Sergeant Valdez threw several smoke grenades to screen his actions and advanced through the intense enemy fire to the wounded man's side. Placing his comrade on his shoulder, he then carried him to a relatively safe area where medical assistance could be provided. Although wounded twice during this selfless mission, he ignored the pain of his injuries as he aided the platoon commander in leading the unit through dense jungle and precipitous terrain to envelop the hostile position. When the platoon successfully maneuvered into position behind the enemy, Sergeant Valdez, although in intense pain, joined an assault through the enemy position which resulted in three North Vietnamese soldiers killed and the capture of several weapons, including two submachine guns. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty at great personal risk, Sergeant Valdez inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rocky Ford, Colorado


*VALLE, GUILLERMO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Guillermo Valle (84322559), 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 September 6, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Valle 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


*VALLERAND, LARKIN O. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larkin O. Vallerand (21113431), Lance 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, Lance Corporal Vallerand upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Tracy, California


VALUZZI, ROCCO F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rocco F. Valuzzi (0-79796), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 463 (HMM-463), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Valuzzi upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


VALVIK, ROBERT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert A. Valvik (2076561), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Valvik upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


*VAN ANTWERP, WILLIAM M., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William M. Van Antwerp, Jr. (0-75400), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 3d Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Van Antwerp upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Albany, New York


VAN DYKE, GILBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gilbert E. Van Dyke (1988072), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Van Dyke upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Koats, Indiana


VAN METER, JOHNNY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Johnny L. Van Meter (2278444), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 6, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Van Meter upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Scotia, California


VAN RIPER, JAMES K.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James K. Van Riper (0-89000), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 13, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Van Riper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brownsville, Pennsylvania


VAN RIPER, PAUL K.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul K. Van Riper (0-89001), Captain, 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 7, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Van Riper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dormont, Pennsylvania

VAN RIPER, PAUL K.
(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 Paul K. Van Riper (0-89001), Captain, 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 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Van Riper upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dormont, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


VAN VALKENBURGH, EDWARD J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward J. Van Valkenburgh, Jr. (1185788), Gunnery Sergeant, 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 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Van Valkenburgh upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


VANDERVEER, JAMES A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James A. Vanderveer (0-107675), Second 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 . By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Vanderveer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*VANZANDT, RAY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ray L. Vanzandt (2256470), 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 June 2, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Vanzandt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Austin, Texas


VARELAS, ALFRED ROBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alfred Robert Varelas (2186264), Lance Corporal [then Private First Class], U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Radio Operator with Company D, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 22 June 1967. While elements of Company D were conducting a patrol northwest of Hill 861, near Khe Sanh, Lance Corporal Varelas' squad was assigned the mission of flank security. As the Marines were moving up a steep hill through tall grass, the man walking ahead of Lance Corporal Varelas inadvertently kicked a hand grenade which was lying on the ground and dislodged the safety pin, thereby arming the grenade. Due to the rugged terrain, the squad was unable to disperse. Realizing the imminent danger to his comrades, Lance Corporal Varelas immediately shouted a warning and unhesitatingly covered the deadly grenade with his helmet and body to shield his fellow Marines from the impending explosion. Displaying exceptional fortitude, he disregarded his own safety and continued to use his body to cover the grenade in an effort to absorb the impact of the expected explosion, however, after several minutes, it was evident that the grenade had malfunctioned. By his outstanding courage, calm presence of mind, and selfless efforts in behalf of others, he served to inspire all who observed him and to uphold the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Ludlow, Massachusetts
Home Town: Springfield, Massachusetts
Personal Awards: Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


VARGAS, MANUEL S., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Manuel S. Vargas, Jr. (0-83768), Captain, 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 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Vargas upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: July 29, 1937 at Winslow, Arizona
Home Town: Winslow, Arizona
Personal Awards: Medal of Honor (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


VARGAS, PEDRO R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Pedro R. Vargas (2404576), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Vargas upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


*VARNEY, RONALD T. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ronald T. Varney (2374153), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Varney upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Belfry, Kentucky


VASEL, RALPH W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph W. Vasel (2515417), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Combined Action Platoon 1-2-4, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 12, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Vasel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


*VASQUEZ, JESUS ROBERTO (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jesus Roberto Vasquez (2126694), 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 January 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Vasquez upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: El Paso, Texas
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


VASTERLING, ALLAN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Allan C. Vasterling (0-89002), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 19, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Vasterling upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ironton, Missouri


VAUGHN, EDWARD L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward L. Vaughn (1946372), 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, Corporal Vaughn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Beaumont, Texas


VAUGHN, JOE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joe E. Vaughn (2412465), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 11 May 1969.
Home Town: Los Angeles, Texas


VEGA, MICHAEL C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael C. Vega (2113488), 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 February 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Vega upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


VEITZ, SCOTT O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Scott O. Veitz (2184674), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 14, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Veitz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


VERCAUTEREN, RICHARD F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard F. Vercauteren (0-104377), First Lieutenant, 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 February 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Vercauteren upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Manchester, New Hampshire


VERMASS, DWIGHT A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dwight A. Vermass, Lance Corporal, 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 August 7, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Vermass upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


VICTOR, RALPH G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph G. Victor (2131887), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 1, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Victor upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ogden, Utah


VIERA, MARION
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marion Viera (310096), Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 3, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Major Viera upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Seekonk, Massachusetts


*VILLALOBOS, ARTHUR GARCIA (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Arthur Garcia Villalobos (2413041), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gunner with Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 May 1969, while Private First Class Villalobos' platoon was moving to assist another unit which was heavily engaged with an estimated North Vietnamese Army battalion, the Marines came under a heavy volume of automatic rifle and antitank rocket fire from a hostile force occupying a fortified bunker complex well-concealed in a tree line. During the initial moments of the fierce engagement, numerous Marines were seriously wounded and the platoon became pinned down. Realizing the need for immediate action, Private First Class Villalobos, although wounded himself, fearlessly crawled across twenty meters of unprotected, fire-swept terrain toward the enemy complex and when he was in proximity to the bunkers, threw hand grenades with devastating accuracy through their apertures, thereby enabling other Marines to treat and evacuate the casualties and engage other elements of the enemy force. Resolutely remaining in his dangerously exposed position after depleting his supply of grenades, he then continued to deliver rapid suppressive fire upon the hostile soldiers until he was mortally wounded. His heroic and determined actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of numerous Marines. By his courage, selfless concern for his fellowmen and unwavering devotion to duty, Private First Class Villalobos contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Compton, California


VIVILACQUA, THEODORE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theodore R. Vivilacqua (0-106177), 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 May 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Vivilacqua upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Long Beach, California


VOGEL, PETER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter J. Vogel (0-79164), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 163 (HMM-163), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 31, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Vogel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Miguel, California


VOGELGESANG, DONALD A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald A. Vogelgesang (0-92012), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Leader with Company H, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 October 1966. During a company size search and destroy operation northwest of Dong Ha, Second Lieutenant Vogelgesang and his platoon suddenly received a heavy volume of fire from a well concealed platoon of North Vietnamese Regulars. The initial enemy fire inflicted nine Marine casualties, one of them Second Lieutenant Vogelgesang. Although painfully wounded he courageously continued to direct the fire and maneuver of his squads. Upon being informed that all of his machine gunners were wounded except one and realizing the critical need for effective covering fire for the platoon's assault on the enemy position, Second Lieutenant Vogelgesang personally manned a machine gun. In large measure due to his heroic act, the platoon was successful in routing the enemy. Following the defeat of the enemy, Second Lieutenant Vogelgesang continued to disregard his own wound to skillfully organize the evacuation of the casualties. He selflessly refused evacuation for himself until all others had been evacuated. By his inspiring leadership, aggressive fighting spirit and devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Vogelgesang upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Canton, Ohio


VOJTISEK, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Vojtisek (2380642), Private First Class, 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 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Vojtisek upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albany, New York


VON HARTEN, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William R. Von Harten (0-67345), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 to 5 March 1967.
Home Town: Beauford, South Carolina


VOYLES, JERRY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry D. Voyles (0-87983), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Voyles upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bay City, Texas

 

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