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Awards of the Silver Star

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Conspicuous Gallantry
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The Vietnam War

 

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WADE, BILLY F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Billy F. Wade (2061433), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wade upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Soperton, Georgia


WADE, HOWARD W., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Howard W. Wade, III (2082177), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 6, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wade upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Santa Monica, California


WADE, NICHOLAS M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Nicholas M. Wade (2270139), 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 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Wade upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*WADE, WILLIAM G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William G. Wade (2012781), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wade upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Berea, Ohio


WADLEY, HAROLD E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold E. Wadley (1192794), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Wadley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Stanley, Idaho


WAGNER, JOHN M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John M. Wagner (0-92013), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Wagner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


WAHLSTEN, BRUCE R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bruce R. Wahlsten (2313619), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 21, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wahlsten upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Minneapolis, Minnesota


WAITULAVICH, GEORGE J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George J. Waitulavich, Jr. (2244866), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 20, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Waitulavich upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania


*WAJDA, PHILLIP J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Phillip J. Wajda (2381165), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wajda upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois


WALDROP, ROY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Roy E. Waldrop (2382787), Private First Class, 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, Private First Class Waldrop upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


WALKER, ARTHUR G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Arthur G. Walker (1450549), Gunnery Sergeant, 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 March 19, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Walker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana


WALKER, DAVID E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David E. Walker (0-88592), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 161 (HMM-161), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Walker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Abington, Pennsylvania


WALKER, GARY W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary W. Walker (2446298), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Walker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Little Rock, Arkansas


WALKER, VICTOR R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Victor R. Walker (2287163), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Walker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oxford, Nebraska


*WALKLEY, ROBERT M. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert M. Walkley (2365067), Lance Corporal, 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 March 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Walkley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Ionia, Michigan


WALLACE, MARVIN C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marvin C. Wallace (2492237), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wallace upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


WALLACE, PAUL H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul H. Wallace (0-102365), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 4 April 1968.
Home Town: Fresno, California


WALLACE, ROBERT L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert L. Wallace (2311134), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wallace upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fargo, North Dakota


*WALLS, ROBERT L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert L. Walls (2340399), 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 21, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Walls 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 Orleans, Louisiana


*WALSH, ROBERT THOMAS (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert Thomas Walsh (1399730), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 361 (HMM-361), Marine Aircraft Group 36 (MAG-36), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Walsh upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: La Crosse, Wisconsin


WALTERS, JOSEPH E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph E. Walters (0-104381), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy In the Republic of Vietnam on 9 August 1968, while assaulting a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions on Hill 310 in Quang Nam Province during Operation Mameluke Thrust, Second Lieutenant WALTERS' platoon came under a heavy volume of enemy mortar and automatic weapons fire. Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant WALTERS skillfully deployed his Marines and commenced to maneuver about the hazardous area, shouting words of encouragement to his men and directing their fire upon the hostile emplacements. Disregarding his own safety, he assumed the point position and aggressively led his platoon in a determined attack against the enemy. As the Marines advanced toward the objective, the intensity of the hostile fire increased and a man fell seriously wounded In front of an enemy machine gun position. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, Second Lieutenant WALTERS unhesitatingly rushed across twenty meters of fire swept terrain to the side of the injured Marine moved him through the intense hostile fire to a Position of relative safety. Continuing his determined efforts for approximately four hours, he boldly led his men in repeated assaults upon the enemy positions until the hostile soldiers were forced to flee in panic and confusion. His bold initiative and resolute determination Inspired all who served with him and were instrumental in his platoon accounting for one North Vietnamese soldier captured and numerous hostile weapons seized, while sustaining only three friendly casualties. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Second Lieutenant Walters 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: Ocean City, New Jersey


WALTON, GROVER W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Grover W. Walton (1574776), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Walton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sutherlin, Virginia


WANDRO, JAMES MATTHEW
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James Matthew Wandro (2482623), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 11, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Wandro upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Mateo, California


WARD, HAROLD T., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harold T. Ward, Jr. (0-77961), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 16 - 17, 1963. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Ward upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Asheville, North Carolina


WARD, JOEL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joel D. Ward (0-90381), Captain, 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 in January 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Ward upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mobile, Alabama


WARD, ROBERT J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Ward (1099309), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Ward upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


WARD, ROBERT O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert O. Ward (1549586), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 7, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Ward upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kentfield, California


*WARMBRODT, JON F. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jon F. Warmbrodt (0-107564), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Warmbrodt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Santa Monica, California


WARNER, JAMES H. (POW)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James H. Warner (0-92816), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action during the period from October 1967 through June 1969, while being confined as a Prisoner of War. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Warner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Ypisalanti, Michigan


WARSHAW, JOEL M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joel M. Warshaw (0-87450), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Warshaw upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hackensack, New Jersey


*WASHUT, WALTER J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Walter J. Washut (2156755), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 20, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Washut upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Sheridan, Wyoming


WASKO, MICHAEL J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael J. Wasko, Jr. (0-78185), 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 February 23, 1971. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Wasko upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*WATINGTON, RALPH H., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph H. Watington, Jr. (2104550), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 8, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Watington 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


WATKINS, DAVID C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David C. Watkins (0-76555), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 167 (HMM-167), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Watkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cleveland, Ohio


WATKINS, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert W. Watkins (0-103873), First Lieutenant, 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 January 3, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Watkins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bloomfield, Missouri


*WATSON, ALBERT C., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Albert C. Watson, Jr. (2260334), 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 October 15, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Watson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Mauston, Wisconsin


WATSON, MICHAEL O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael O. Watson (2214943), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Watson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Raleigh, North Carolina


WATTERS, KENNETH L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kenneth L. Watters (2245676), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 29, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Watters upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


WAYAND, FREDERICK E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick E. Wayand (2206553), 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 October 10, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wayand upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Greenwich, Connecticut


WEATHERHOLTZ, DONALD A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald A. Weatherholtz (1463029), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Weatherholtz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Moorefield, West Virginia


*WEAVER, DALE L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dale L. Weaver (2264241), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Weaver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Honey Brook, California


WEAVER, LARRY H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry H. Weaver (2162182), 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 May 3, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Weaver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Evening Shade, Arkansas


WEBB, JAMES H., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James H. Webb, Jr. (0-106180), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 May 1969, during Operation Muskogee Meadow, a six-man reconnaissance patrol from First Lieutenant Webb's platoon was ambushed and temporarily pinned down by a large North Vietnamese Army force concealed in a tree line four hundred meters in front of Company D's night defensive position. Immediately upon learning of the dangerous situation, First Lieutenant Webb organized a reaction force and proceeded to the point of contact to aid his beleaguered Marines. When his reaction unit came under enemy automatic weapons and rocket fire as it approached the ambush site, he executed a skillful evasive maneuver, established a base of fire, and continued to advance across the fire-swept terrain to the patrol's position. Rallying and encouraging his men, he directed his base of fire forward to a more advantageous position and led his assault team one hundred and fifty meters across on an open rice paddy in a bold attempt to recover several casualties lying in an open area directly in the line of enemy fire. As his Marines delivered a heavy volume of fire at hostile positions, First Lieutenant Webb repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he dashed into the open and pulled the casualties, one at a time, back to friendly lines. Then, consolidating his platoon, he initiated a sudden, vigorous attack which routed the enemy soldiers from their bunkers, disorganized their fire plan, and forced them to retreat from the area. His determination and bold fighting spirit inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of at least two Marines and undoubtedly thwarting the enemy's plan to launch a major attack against his unit's night position. By his leadership, extraordinary courage, and unflagging devotion to duty at great personal risk, First Lieutenant Webb upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Born: February 9, 1946 at St. Joseph, Missouri
Home Town: St. Joseph, Missouri
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), 2@ Bronze Stars, 2@ Purple Hearts


*WEBBER, BRIAN L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Brian L. Webber (0-95696), First Lieutenant, 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, First Lieutenant Webber upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


WEBSTER, ROBERT E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert E. Webster (0-106396), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 19 February 1969.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


WEEDE, RICHARD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard D. Weede (0-81702), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Weede upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kaneohe, Hawaii


WEEKS, ROBERT W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert W. Weeks (0-93814), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Weeks upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Boston, Massachusetts


WEGENER, JOSEPH B., II
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph B. Wegener, II (1930274), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron ONE HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (HMM-165), FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 10 October 1968, Lance Corporal Wegener launched as Aerial Gunner aboard a CH-46 transport helicopter assigned to insert a reconnaissance team deep in enemy controlled territory near Thuong Duc in Quang Nam Province. Arriving over the designated area, the aircraft sustained battle damage from a heavy volume of hostile fire, and when the helicopter crashed, it commenced to burn violently. Despite sustaining a painful wound, Lance Corporal Wegener resolutely commenced assisting personnel out of the wreckage, and as the intense heat of the fire caused machine gun ammunition within the aircraft to begin exploding, he steadfastly remained in the helicopter until all of the passengers had escaped. After departing the aircraft, he discovered that the other crew members were still in the helicopter and, fearlessly returning to the burning wreckage, assisted the injured pilot to a position of relative safety. Undaunted by enemy fire, he resolutely continued his determined efforts and, again returning to the aircraft, obtained first aid equipment which he utilized to treat the aircraft commander's wounds. By his courage, resolute determination and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Wegener was instrumental in saving the lives of several Marines and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Phoenix, Arizona


WEH, ALLEN E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Allen E. Weh (0-100765), Second Lieutenant, 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 August 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Weh upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


WEIGAND, PHILLIP S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Phillip S. Weigand (0-78959), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 26, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Weigand upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


WEISE, WILLIAM
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William Weise (0-57704), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 19, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Weise upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam)


WEISS, PETER WILLIAM
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter William Weiss (0-103881), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 30 March 1968, Company B launched an attack on a well entrenched, numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force near the Khe Sanh Combat Base and immediately came under intense automatic weapons, mortar, and anti-tank rocket fire. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Second Lieutenant Weiss quickly deployed his men and, with complete disregard for his own safety, fearlessly led a determined assault across seventy-five meters of fireswept terrain. Exposing himself to the intense fire, he delivered a heavy volume of fire into the fortified positions, enabling his platoon to maneuver forward and forcing the North Vietnamese soldiers to flee in panic and confusion. Observing an enemy mortar position, he accurately hurled a hand grenade into the emplacement, destroying the hostile weapon. Undaunted by the enemy fire, he calmly supervised the evacuation of all casualties and personally carried several injured Marines to positions of relative safety. His resolute determination and heroic actions inspired all who served with him and were instrumental in accounting for 115 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Second Lieutenant Weiss upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bronx, New York


WELDON, BUCKO W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bucko W. Weldon (2356589), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 20, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Weldon upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Oakland, California


WELLS, MARSHALL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Marshall R. Wells (0-102378), 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 April 8, 1972. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Wells upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


WELLS, ROBERT D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert D. Wells (2414866), Lance 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 June 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wells upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


*WELMAN, DENNIS W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dennis W. Welman (2162886), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 23, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Welman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Hanska, Minnesota


WENGER, HOWARD W.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Howard W. Wenger (1185973), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Wenger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

WENGER, HOWARD W.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Howard W. Wenger (1185973), Staff Sergeant, 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, Staff Sergeant Wenger upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


WEST, ALFRED M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alfred M. West (0-94212), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 362 (HMM-362), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant West upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Athens, Alabama


WESTBROOK, EMMETT D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Emmett D. Westbrook (2124724), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 4, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Westbrook upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


WESTENDORF, GERALD C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gerald C. Westendorf (0-92018), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 533 (VMA(AW)-533), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 25, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Westendorf upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


WESTER, WILLIAM D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William D. Wester (0-91086), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company L, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the evening of 13 September 1969, while moving toward its night objective, Captain Wester's company came under heavy fire from an enemy force concealed in well-fortified bunkers. The initial burst of fire killed the company executive officer, severely wounded a platoon commander, and pinned down his platoon. Ignoring the hail of enemy fire, Captain Wester moved forward to the platoon and quickly assessed the situation. Skillfully maneuvering another platoon on line with the first, he organized and led an attack on the enemy position. Disregarding his own safety, he moved among his men shouting encouragement and directing their fire on the enemy. As a result of Captain Wester's heroic actions, his men rapidly gained fire superiority and increased momentum in the attack until they captured the objective. Immediately following this, the enemy began a steady bombardment of the objective with 82-mm. mortar rounds. Although seriously wounded, Captain Wester continued to direct the movements of his unit and to keep higher headquarters informed of the situation. Refusing medical attention, he insisted that the corpsmen go to the aid of the other men in his company and continued directing his men until the objective was consolidated and the enemy defeated. By his courage, aggressive leadership, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Captain Wester inspired all who observed him upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service
Home Town: Saginaw, Michigan

*WHALEN, GARLAND G. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Garland G. Whalen (2287396), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 31, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Whalen upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


WHEELER, JOHN B., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John B. Wheeler, III (2164264), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 15, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wheeler upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Salt Lake City, Utah


*WHEELER, KENNITH W. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Kennith W. Wheeler (2303494), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wheeler upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Brownwood, Texas


WHIPPLE, OLIVER M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Oliver M. Whipple, Jr. (0-76023), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 16, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Whipple upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Virginia Beach, Virginia


*WHISENHUNT, JAMES H. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James H. Whisenhunt (2247981), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rocket Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 30 April 1967. While conducting a search and destroy mission northwest of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, Company M was assigned the task of securing Hill 881, a strategic terrain feature commanding the northern approaches to the Khe Sanh complex. Although previously fought battles in the area indicated that enemy strength was exceedingly high, Lance Corporal Whisenhunt was well-trained and equipped for fighting from heavily fortified emplacements. As the assault upon the hill commenced, he advanced with the lead elements. Approaching the crest of the hill, Marine units became subjected to a heavy volume of surprise enemy fire. Intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire temporarily halted the advance. Movement in the fire-swept area became extremely hazardous and was undertaken at great risk. An enemy automatic weapons emplacement, situated directly on the route of advance, seriously hindered any advance by Marines. Realizing the necessity of eliminating the position, Lance Corporal Whisenhunt on his own initiative, unhesitatingly advanced into an exposed area to clear a field of fire. Dangerously exposed, he commenced to deliver accurate, effective fire toward the enemy. Scoring a direct hit, he then moved forward toward the enemy position to destroy it completely. Heedless of his own personal safety, Lance Corporal Whisenhunt advanced across an open exposed area to secure the bunker but was mortally wounded by enemy machine gun fire. By his valorous actions and selfless devotion to his fellow Marines, he significantly contributed to the success of Marine operations in the bitterly contested conflict. Lance Corporal Whisenhunt's heroic acts upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Crescent City, California


WHITE, BOBBY R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bobby R. White (2290870), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal White upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: South Charleston, West Virginia


WHITE, DAVID L.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David L. White (0-88184), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 25, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain White upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

WHITE, DAVID L.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to David L. White (0-88184), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 7 - 10, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain White upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Memphis, Tennessee
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


WHITE, HARRY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Harry White (2043484), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 25, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal White upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*WHITE, JOHN C., III (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John C. White, III (0-103886), First 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 November 1, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant White upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Dayton, Ohio


WHITE, JOHNEL N.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Johnel N. White (2396559), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class White upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Haven, Connecticut


*WHITE, OWEN, JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Owen White, Jr. (2439631), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 September 1968, Company M was participating in Operation Mameluke Thrust in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons, small arms and antitank rocket fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions and sustained numerous casualties. Reacting instantly, Private First Class White commenced delivering a heavy volume of fire upon the hostile bunkers and, maneuvering across the fire-swept terrain to the side of a wounded Marine, carried him to a covered position. Disregarding his own safety, he again maneuvered across the hazardous area and, after evacuating another casualty, skillfully administering first aid to his two wounded comrades. Resolutely continuing his determined efforts, he was assisting a third seriously injured man when he was mortally wounded by the intense hostile fire. His heroic actions and calm presence of mind inspired all who served with him and were instrumental in saving the lives of two Marines. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class White 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: Chicago, Illinois


WHITEFIELD, DOUGLAS W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Douglas W. Whitefield (2232071), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 12, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Whitefield upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hillside, Illinois


WHITMER, MAURICE P.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Maurice P. Whitmer (2157170), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 15, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Whitmer upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Spring Valley, California


WHITTED, GEORGE L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to George L. Whitted (0-99531), Warrant Officer, 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 May 5, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Warrant Officer Whitted upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Salem, Oregon


WHITTINGHAM, JOSEPH M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph M. Whittingham (2408757), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 14, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Whittingham upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Montgomery, Alabama


*WHOOLERY, TRACY L. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Tracy L. Whoolery (1920881), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on November 1, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Whoolery 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


WHORTON, WILLIAM S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William S. Whorton (0-90258), 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 25, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Whorton upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Junction City, Kansas


*WHYTE, CHARLES J. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Charles J. Whyte (2108109), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Guide with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 28 May 1968 during Operation Allen Brook, Sergeant Whyte's platoon was advancing across an open area toward a tree line near the village of Cu Ban (4), when the Marines came under heavy automatic weapons, small arms and rocket fire, and were pinned down by a well entrenched enemy force. Realizing the seriousness of the situation and the importance of gaining fire superiority, Sergeant Whyte, fearlessly exposed himself to hostile fire as he moved from one squad to another, encouraging the Marines and directing their fire. Assisting one squad leader in quickly organizing the members of his squad in preparation for an assault against enemy positions in a nearby tree line, he subsequently joined the unit as it aggressively engaged the hostile force. During the ensuing battle, he maintained the momentum of the assault by remaining in the forefront of the squad, delivering accurate rifle fire and encouraging the men until he was mortally wounded. His dynamic leadership and determined actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his extraordinary courage, bold initiation and selfless determination to duty, Sergeant Whyte upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Navel Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country.
Home Town: Olympia, Washington


WICKS, JAMES G.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James G. Wicks (2347323), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Machine Gun Section Leader of Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 18 August 1968, during Operation MAMELUKE THRUST, Company E was conducting a reconnaissance in force in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire and a hand grenade attack from a large enemy force and sustained several casualties. Reacting instantly, Corporal Wicks reorganized his men and directed the fire of his machine gun on the hostile soldiers. Although painfully wounded, he steadfastly refused medical aid and directed the corpsmen to assist the more seriously injured Marines. Realizing his weapons were becoming dangerously low of ammunition, Corporal Wicks fearlessly exposed himself to the heavy volume of enemy fire and boldly crossed one hundred meters of fire-swept terrain to obtain additional ordnance. Swiftly returning to his Marines, he distributed the vital ammunition and, shouting words of encouragement to his men, directed an increased volume of fire against the enemy positions. Alertly observing that one of his machine guns had malfunctioned, he swiftly moved to the aid of the gunner, and ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near them, he expertly cleared the stoppage and returned the weapon to action. Continuing his determined efforts, Corporal Wicks exposed himself to the enemy fire as he individually assaulted a hostile sniper position, and hurling a hand grenade into the emplacement, killed the enemy soldiers. His daring initiative and resolute determination inspired all who observed him and contributed immeasurably to the accomplishment of his unit's mission. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Wicks upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


WICKWIRE, PETER A.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Peter A. Wickwire (0-51969), 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 July 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Wickwire upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Mountain Lakes, New Jersey


WIEDHAHN, WARREN H., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Warren H. Wiedhahn, Jr. (0-60310), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Executive Officer, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam in February 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Wiedhahn upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Canajoharie, New York


WIELEBSKI, JOHN THOMAS
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Thomas Wielebski (2201169), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Fire Team Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 23 May 1968, a squad from Company A was establishing a night ambush in the vicinity of DaNang when two satchel charges were thrown into its position by the enemy and seven Marines were wounded by the ensuing explosions, including Corporal Wielebski. Rapidly assessing the situation, and ignoring the intense pain of his own injury, Corporal Wielebski quickly deployed his men to defensive positions and directed their fire against the enemy. After ensuring that the wounded had received medical care, he obtained a radio and, after informing the company command post of the situation, requested a reaction force. Constantly advising the relief force of the tactical situation, he succeeded in guiding it to his position, thereby obtaining vital assistance for his besieged unit. By his courage, superb leadership and unfaltering devotion to duty, Corporal Wielebski inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Milwaukee, Wisconsin


WIGG, JERRY R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry R. Wigg (1694359), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wigg upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


WIGGINS, PAUL D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Paul D. Wiggins (2456227), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Wiggins upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Cincinnati, Ohio


WILDPRETT, WILLIAM R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William R. Wildprett (0-71702), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company K, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 31, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Wildprett upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Warwick, Rhode Island


WILEY, JOSEPH F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joseph F. Wiley (2324004), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 13, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Wiley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


WILHELM, CHARLES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles E. Wilhelm (0-90259), 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 May 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Wilhelm upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Alexandria, Virginia


WILKE, EDWARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward S. Wilke (2053417), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 364 (HMM-364), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 3, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wilke upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Waukesha, Wisconsin


*WILKERSON, STEVEN D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Steven D. Wilkerson (2376520), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 26, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wilkerson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Wakefield, Nebraska


*WILKINS, ROBERT J. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Robert J. Wilkins (2100350), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 18, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wilkins 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. Charles, Missouri


WILLCOX, CLAIR E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Clair E. Willcox (0-59684), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21 - April 3, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Willcox upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


WILLIAMS, CHARLES E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles E. Williams (2330620), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Antonio, Texas


*WILLIAMS, CLIFFORD D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Clifford D. Williams (2248665), Sergeant, 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 March 27, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Newberry, Michigan


*WILLIAMS, DEMPSEY H., III (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dempsey H. Williams, III (0-82159), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Advisor, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 9, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Fayetteville, North Carolina


*WILLIAMS, FREDDY R. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Freddy R. Williams (1433034), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Plains, Georgia


WILLIAMS, GARY D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gary D. Williams, 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 February 28, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Lovelock, Nevada


*WILLIAMS, HOWARD C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Howard C. Williams (2384892), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Rifleman with Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 8 July 1968, during Operation SCOTLAND II in Quang Tri Province, Company A was counterattacking a large North Vietnamese Army force which had penetrated the Marines' defensive perimeter on Hill 689. Informed that one platoon was pinned down by intense automatic weapons fire delivered from an enemy occupied bunker, Lance Corporal Williams and another Marine unhesitatingly volunteered to destroy the position with light antitank assault weapons. Disregarding his own personal safety, Lance Corporal Williams fearlessly commenced maneuvering across the fire- swept terrain toward the hostile emplacement when the enemy suddenly pinpointed his position and attempted to halt his attack with hand grenades and a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he resolutely continued his determined assault and, fearlessly exposing himself to the intense fire, employed his weapon with maximum effectiveness, silencing the hostile fire and killing approximately eight North Vietnamese soldiers. While attempting to withdraw from the hazardous area and rejoin his squad, Lance Corporal Williams was mortally wounded by enemy fire. His bold initiative and resolute determination inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his company ejecting the hostile force from the Marines' perimeter. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Gueydan, Louisiana


*WILLIAMS, JAMES (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Williams (2088210), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 26th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


WILLIAMS, JAMES L.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James L. Williams (0-81120), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

WILLIAMS, JAMES L.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to James L. Williams (0-81120), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 30, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winona, Minnesota
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


*WILLIAMS, JOHNNY B. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Johnny B. Williams (2427993), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 29, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Nacogdoches, Texas


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


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


WILLIAMS, ROBERT B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Williams (0-86952), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kansas City, Missouri


WILLIAMS, TERRY E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Terry E. Williams (2325376), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 18, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia


WILLIAMS, THEODORE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theodore J. Williams (2266152), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on January 2, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Louis, Missouri


WILLIAMS, THOMAS E., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Williams, Jr. (0-100873), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (HMM-262), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Williams upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pensacola, Florida


WILLIAMSON, CURTIS C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Curtis C. Williamson (2110648), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 17, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Williamson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Hapeville, Georgia


WILLIAMSON, FREDERICK C., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick C. Williamson, Jr. (0-90498), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 21, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Williamson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Leonardo, New Jersey


WILLIAMSON, ROBERT M., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert M. Williamson, Jr., Lance Corporal, 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 August 17, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Williamson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


WILLIS, ROBERT T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert T. Willis (0-93515), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 24, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Willis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Evanston, Illinois


WILLIS, THEODORE J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theodore J. Willis (0-54059), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 12, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Willis upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: St. Petersburg, Florida


WILLOUGHBY, DAVID H.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David H. Willoughby (0-90371), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 29, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Willoughby upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Gundy Center, Iowa


WILSON, DALE E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Dale E. Wilson (2490492), 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 November 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Troutman, North Carolina


WILSON, DONALD D.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Donald D. Wilson (0-72143), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with , in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Williams, Arizona


WILSON, DOUGLAS E., II
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Douglas E. Wilson, II (0-88744), Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine All Weather Attack Squadron 242 (VMA(AW)-242), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 27, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Chief Warrant Officer Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


WILSON, FREDERICK J., III
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Frederick J. Wilson, III (0-90444), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 164 (VMA(AW)-164), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 4, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wakefield, Rhode Island


WILSON, GORDON ROBERT
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gordon Robert Wilson (0-89458), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company B, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, in action against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 15 March 1966, First Lieutenant Wilson was commanding the point of a patrol as it entered a mountain pass west of the village of Duc Bo. As the Marines were moving along a trail beside a river, they were subjected to violent concentrated automatic weapons fire and the first seven men, including First Lieutenant Wilson, were pinned down in an open area. With exceptional presence of mind in the tense situation, First Lieutenant Wilson maneuvered his men one at a time to covered positions from which they could return the hostile fire. As the last man with him attempted to reach the cover of a nearby trench, he was seriously wounded. Although the withering fire continued to pelt the area from three directions, First Lieutenant Wilson courageously ran to the stricken man and proceeded to administer medical aid. Unmindful of his personal danger, he remained in the exposed position, gallantly covering the wounded man's body with his own at times when the volume of Viet Cong fire intensified. With the help of two others, he eventually succeeded in moving the man to the trench. He continued to direct the fire of his men with extreme accuracy while artillery and air strikes were in progress and the remainder of his Company maneuvered to drive the Viet Cong from their positions. His aggressive and daring effort undoubtedly prevented extensive casualties among his men, and contributed significantly to the eventual success of the engagement. By his extraordinary concern for the welfare of his fellow man at great risk of his own life, coupled with outstanding leadership and unfaltering dedication to duty, First Lieutenant Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Rapid City, South Dakota


WILSON, HENRY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Henry L. Wilson (2359352), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 31, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Marion, Alabama


WILSON, LYNDOL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lyndol R. Wilson (2344178), 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 Wilson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Okemah, Oklahoma


WINEBAR, FRANCIS E.
(First Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Francis E. Winebar (1352529), Gunnery 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 March 20, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Winebar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

WINEBAR, FRANCIS E.
(Second Award)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star Medal to Francis E. Winebar (1352529), Gunnery 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 August 26, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Winebar upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: James Island, South Carolina
Personal Awards: 2@ Silver Stars (Vietnam)


WINECOFF, DAVID F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David F. Winecoff (0-85492), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Winecoff upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Everett, Washington


*WINFREY, JAMES A. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James A. Winfrey (2458900), 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, Corporal Winfrey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Webster Groves, Missouri


WINSTON, HERBERT T.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Herbert T. Winston (0-80190), 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 5, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Winston upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New Orleans, Louisiana


WINSTON, WILLIAM O.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William O. Winston (2208724), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Winston upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Atlanta, Georgia


WITHERS, CHARLES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles R. Withers (2435556), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Withers upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


WITHEY, ROBERT R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert R. Withey (2026895), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 17, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Withey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*WITT, JAMES PATRICK (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to James Patrick Witt (0-106078), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 14 February 1969, during a company-sized patrol in Quang Nam Province, the point element took the command post of a North Vietnamese Army company by surprise. One enemy soldier was killed, and the others hastily retreated to the security of fortified positions under cover of protective fire from a bunker emplacement 15 meters to the Marines' front. Realizing the advantage of immediate action, Second Lieutenant Witt deployed the lead squad on line and, while initiating an aggressive assault on the enemy bunker, received multiple wounds as he moved across the fire-swept terrain to direct the fire of his men. When another Marine started to his aid, he yelled for the man to get down as a hostile hand grenade detonated nearby, injuring him again. Although painfully wounded, Second Lieutenant Witt calmly briefed the Marine and delivered explicit directions regarding the course of action to be followed by his men. Subsequently, he was medically evacuated and succumbed to his wounds. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his unit's killing three hostile soldiers while overrunning the North Vietnamese Army position. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Second Lieutenant Witt upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fairview Park, Ohio


WOJCIK, MICHAEL F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael F. Wojcik (2041162), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with 3d Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 21 - 22, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Wojcik upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Woronoco, Massachusetts


*WOLFENDALE, EDWARD JAMES (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward James Wolfendale (2328859), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company I, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 24, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Wolfendale upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Lawrence, Massachusetts


*WOMBLE, WILLIAM T., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to William T. Womble, Jr. (2168383), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against enemy forces while serving as an Engineer, attached to Company E, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division, near Khe Sanh, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 3 May 1967. In the defense of hill complexes south of Hill 881 North, Company E was attacked by a fierce and determined enemy force, overrunning some of the Second Platoon's positions. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Lance Corporal Womble unhesitatingly rushed from his position, retrieved ammunition from the overrun positions and proceeded to redistribute badly needed machine gun and 60-mm. mortar ammunition. With complete disregard for his own safety, he continued to move through extreme automatic weapons fire until positions in critical need of ammunition were re-supplied. Then, observing several Marines pinned down in the Second Platoon Command Bunker, he opened fire with his M-14 and single-handedly engaged the enemy, drawing fire upon himself so that the Marines in the bunker could gain fire superiority. As he daringly delivered a large volume of well-aimed accurate fire into the enemy, he was mortally wounded by heavy automatic weapons fire. Lance Corporal Womble's initiative, courageous actions and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: September 28, 1948 at Norfolk, Virginia
Home Town: Norfolk, Virginia


WOOD, DAVID RAY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David Ray Wood (2131190), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Bulk Fuel Detachment with Supply Company, Force Logistic Support Group Alpha, Third Service Battalion, Force Logistic Command, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam from 31 January to 2 February 1968. On 31 January when an enemy force launched an attack on the sixteen-man Bulk Fuel Detachment on Colco Island in the Song Huong River near Hue in Thua Thien Province, the constant small arms fire isolated the installation from friendly forces for two days. Despite continuous enemy sniper fire throughout this period, Sergeant Wood moved throughout the compound, supervising the construction of supplementary defensive positions while simultaneously maintaining radio contact with higher headquarters to keep them informed of the rapidly changing situation. On the night of 2 February 1968, the enemy launched a fierce attack against his position, using rockets, mortars and automatic weapons. Completely disregarding his own safety and although painfully wounded in the neck, Sergeant Wood moved throughout the compound, repositioning his men to reinforce the most severely attacked sectors of the perimeter. When the enemy penetrated the defensive perimeter, he quickly rallied his men and lead them in an aggressive counterattack which forced the enemy from the compound. Suddenly, enemy fire struck the 120,000 gallon fuel storage tank, causing it to burst into flames and forcing Sergeant Wood from his position. Braving intense enemy fire, he quickly moved to an advantageous position where he delivered accurate suppressive fire on the enemy and detonated two well-positioned Claymore Mines, killing and wounding approximately thirteen of the enemy soldiers. Subsequently, he directed the successful evacuation of his men from the blazing compound aboard two United States Navy river patrol boats. By his steadfast leadership, dauntless courage and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Sergeant Wood upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Clarence, Missouri


WOOD, LESTER E.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Lester E. Wood (1968049), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 12, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Wood upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Kingston, New York


WOOD, WALTER J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Walter J. Wood (0-105408), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company F, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 28, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Wood upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Chester, Pennsylvania


*WOODALL, JOHN B. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to John B. Woodall (0-93518), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Platoon Commander with Company K, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, on 30 April 1967. As First Lieutenant Woodall led his men in an assault on Hill 881, north of Khe Sanh, the Platoon was taken under devastating fire from machine guns and automatic rifles. The initial burst of enemy fire felled the two point men who were closest to the hidden bunker. Several attempts to reach the two critically wounded Marines were thwarted by a hail of deadly fire from the enemy position. Immediate medical attention was necessary to save their lives. With a total disregard for his own safety, First Lieutenant Woodall grabbed a rifle and placed accurate fire into the bunker. He then charged the bunker and killed both of its enemy occupants. From this position he laid down covering fire enabling the two Marines to be carried to safety. As he covered their withdrawal, First Lieutenant Woodall was mortally wounded by an enemy sniper. His heroic actions and unselfish devotion to the welfare of his men were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Born: June 26, 1943 at Chicago, Illinois
Home Town: Naperville, Illinois


WOODHAM, TULLIS J., JR.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Tullis J. Woodham, Jr. (0-53444), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of the Third Battalion, Twenty-Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 13 May 1968 the Third Battalion launched Operation Allen Brook against a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying well prepared defensive positions on Go Noi Island in Quang Nam Province. When the advance company became heavily engaged with the enemy on 17 May, Lieutenant Colonel Woodham unhesitatingly led the remainder of his battalion in a heliborne attack to assist the besieged unit. Undaunted by a heavy volume of automatic weapons and mortar fire, he repeatedly advanced to dangerously exposed positions as he aggressively deployed his companies and engaged the hostile force. Displaying outstanding professional knowledge and superior tactical ability, he ably planned and directed supporting arms fire and air strikes, which inflicted heavy losses on the enemy and enabled his battalion to accomplish its mission with a minimum number of friendly casualties. His bold initiative and exceptional tactical ability were instrumental in his battalion accounting for over 200 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed and the seizure of a large number of weapons. By his courage, superb leadership and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lieutenant Colonel Woodham upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Jacksonville, Florida


WOODRING, WILLARD J., JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Willard J. Woodring, Jr. (0-59686), Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Woodring upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Springfield, Missouri


*WOODS, STERLING S. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Sterling S. Woods (2101086), 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 May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Woods upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Virginia Beach, Virginia


WOODS, THEODORE
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Theodore Woods, 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 June 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Woods upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


*WORLEY, THOMAS J., JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas J. Worley, Jr. (2386080), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company G, 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 21, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Worley upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


*WORREL, THOMAS D. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Thomas D. Worrel (311565545), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 23, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Worrel upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Roanoke, Indiana


WRAY, ROBERT B.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert B. Wray (2098565), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Supply Sergeant of Combined Action Company 1-3, III Marine Amphibious Force in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 13 September 1969, a battalion of the Twenty-First North Vietnamese Army Regiment, utilizing mortars, automatic weapons, and small arms, attacked tile village of An Phong, in Quang Ngai Province, which was defended by Combined Action Platoon 1-3-9. Unhesitatingly volunteering to accompany a reaction force formed to reinforce the beleaguered unit and deliver ammunition and other vitally needed supplies, Sergeant Wray subsequently arrived in the battle area and fearlessly maneuvered from one position to another as he supervised the expeditious distribution of the ammunition. Having completed this task, he led an element of the platoon in a daring envelopment of a hostile stronghold. As the friendly unit maneuvered forward, Sergeant Wray alertly observed a squad of enemy soldiers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons. Completely disregarding his own safety, he initiated an assault and single-handedly killed three of the hostile soldiers while his companions accounted for three additional enemy casualties. Locating the North Vietnamese Army units command post, he skillfully coordinated the movement of his men with that of an adjacent friendly element and directed an assault upon the position which resulted in five enemy killed and the destruction of enemy supplies before they could be removed by the retreating forces. By his courage, bold leadership and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk, Sergeant Wray was instrumental in his unit accounting for 116 enemy killed and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Winston-Salem, North Carolina


WRIGHT, EDWARD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward R. Wright (2417283), 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 11 February 1969.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


WRIGHT, WILLIAM F.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to William F. Wright (2040174), 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 August 23 - 24, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Wright upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


WUNSCH, MICHAEL C.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael C. Wunsch (201349278), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 3d Tank Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on July 27, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Wunsch upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Feasterville, Pennsylvania


*WYMAN, MICHAEL JAMES (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael James Wyman (2404772), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a machine gunner with Company D, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 14 February 1969, during a company-sized patrol in Quang Nam Province, the point element took the command post of a North Vietnamese Army company by surprise. One enemy soldier was killed and the others hastily retreated to the security of fortified positions under cover of protective fire from a bunker emplacement fifteen meters to the Marines' front. Wounded in the hip after he left his relatively secure rear position to maneuver to the point of heaviest combat, Lance Corporal Wyman resolutely continued to advance through the intense hostile fire to aid his fellow Marines. When he was within five meters of the enemy bunker, he received an injury to his other hip which knocked him to the ground and jarred his weapon loose from his hand. Ignoring his wounds, he attempted to reach his weapon and, unable to do so, calmly directed the accurate fire of his comrades. Subsequently, he was medically evacuated and succumbed to his wounds. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his units killing 3 hostile soldiers while overrunning the North Vietnamese position. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal duty, Lance Corporal Wyman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Buckner, Illinois

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XAVIER, AUGUSTO M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Augusto M. Xavier (0-88544), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Attack Squadron 311 (VMA-311), Marine Aircraft Group 311 (MAG-311), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Xavier upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Jose, California

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YALE, RICHARD S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard S. Yale (1168486), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Marine Aircraft Group 18 (MAG-18), 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Yale upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Akron, Ohio


YATES, JOHN CHARLES (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Charles Yates (0-108133), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Radio Operator with Company A, First Amphibian Tractor Battalion, THIRD Marine Division in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 14 July 1967 during Operation Hickory II, Company A was advancing toward Hill 31 in Quang Tri Province when it came under intense enemy small arms, mortar and recoilless rifle fire from enemy positions in a tree line [ed. Note: it was a ridgeline on a sand dune, not a tree line] only thirty meters to its front. Under the initial barrage of enemy fire, Sergeant Yates and the command group were forced to disembark their amphibian tractor and move to a covered position. As enemy fire increased, the company moved back leaving the command tractor in front of company lines. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Sergeant Yates gave his radio to a companion and, braving heavy machine gun fire, ran twenty meters to the damaged command tractor. With complete disregard for his own safety, he fearlessly climbed to the top of the vehicle and manned the machine gun. Subsequently forced to abandon his position because of the intense enemy fire, Sergeant Yates threw a 60 mm mortar tube to the ground, obtained four boxes of ammunition and disembarked the beleaguered vehicle. Retrieving the mortar, he returned across the exposed area to his former position, held the weapon in his bare hands and commenced to direct accurate suppressive fire against the enemy. When the mortar became hot, he wrapped a cloth around it [ed. Note: the cloth was actually the green towel from around his neck] and continued to fire at the enemy, pinning them down until their positions were destroyed by an air strike. His daring actions in the face of extreme danger inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving many Marines from death or serious injury. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Yates upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Fergus Falls, Minnesota
Personal Awards: Navy Cross (Vietnam), Silver Star (Vietnam), Purple Heart


YATES, THURMAN B.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thurman B. Yates (2130708), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Headquarters and Service Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 24, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Yates upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baltimore, Maryland


YEDDO, LARRY J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Larry J. Yeddo (2133031), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 5, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Yeddo upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: North Bangor, New York


YEOMAN, RICHARD J.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard J. Yeoman (0-94376), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 15, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Yeoman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sparks, Nevada


YNACAY, ROBERT S.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert S. Ynacay (1189118), Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 4, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Gunnery Sergeant Ynacay upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Portland, Oregon


YNDA, BENJAMIN, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin Ynda, Jr. (2413651), 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 8, 1970. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Corporal Ynda upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California


YORK, HILLOUS
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Hillous York (2294390), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant York upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Franklin, Kentucky


YOUNG, GERALD V.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Gerald V. Young (2156516), 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 October 17, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Young upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


YOUNG, JAMES R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James R. Young (0-49647), Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Commanding Officer, 3d Battalion, 1st 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 Young upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Denver, Colorado


YUNCK, MICHAEL R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Michael R. Yunck (0-7484), Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Tactical Air Coordinator, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 10, 1965. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Colonel Yunck upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Northport, New York
Personal Awards: Silver Star (WWII), Silver Star (Vietnam)

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*ZAHN, LELAND D (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Leland D Zahn (1084924), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company C, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in action against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 5 April 1967.
Home Town: Harris, Iowa


ZAPTIN, EDWARD R.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Edward R. Zaptin (0-107579), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on February 16, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Second Lieutenant Zaptin upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Brooklyn, New York


ZELL, RICHARD M.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard M. Zell (0-95352), First Lieutenant, 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 April 11, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Zell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Queens, New York


ZENDE, FLOYD W.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Floyd W. Zende (2280907), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company M, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 18, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Zende upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


ZENO, STANWARD, JR.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stanward Zeno, Jr. (2147012), Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 17, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Lance Corporal Zeno upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Detroit, Michigan


ZIMMERLE, HARVEY L.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to Harvey L. Zimmerle, 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 May 20, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Major Zimmerle upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Headquarters, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, General Orders No. 5752 (1969)
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


*ZIMMERMAN, EDWARD C, JR. (KIA)
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Edward C Zimmerman, Jr. (2097504), 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 Zimmerman upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Muncie, Indiana


ZIMMERMAN, ROBERT E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert E. Zimmerman (0-95176), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company L, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the morning of 22 February 1968 during Operation Hue City, First Lieutenant Zimmerman's company was assigned the mission of seizing an enemy-held village in the city. As the leading elements crossed a bridge which separated the unit from its objective, the Marines suddenly came under intense automatic weapons fire from concealed North Vietnamese Army positions. The heavy volume of enemy fire inflicted numerous casualties and pinned down the main body of the company on the opposite end of the bridge. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, First Lieutenant Zimmerman unhesitatingly left his position of relative safety with the leading elements and ran back across the fire-swept bridge to assist the beleaguered Marines. Fearlessly exposing himself to the hostile fire, he quickly reorganized the remaining two platoons and supervised the evacuation of the wounded. Then, coordinating the fire of a supporting tank with the fire of his men on the enemy emplacements, he effectively suppressed the enemy fire, enabling the Marines to continue the attack and seize their objective. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, First Lieutenant Zimmerman was instrumental in the accomplishment of his unit's mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: New York, New York


ZWICKER, RALPH M., III
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ralph M. Zwicker, III (2027341), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company L, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 30, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Zwicker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wilmington, Massachusetts


*ZWIRCHITZ, DENNIS JAMES (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dennis James Zwirchitz (2381896), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on March 16, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Zwirchitz upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Abbotsford, Wisconsin

 

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