The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*CREEK, THOMAS E.
Rank and orgainzation: Lance Corporal,
U.S. Marine Corps, Company I, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein), FMF. Place
and date: Near Cam Lo, Republic of Vietnam, 13 February. 1969. Entered service at:
Amarillo, Texas. Born 7 April 1950, Joplin, Mo.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the
call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company 1 in action against enemy forces.
L/Cpl. Creek's squad was providing security for a convoy moving to resupply the Vandegrift
Command Base when an enemy command detonated mine destroyed 1 of the vehicles and halted
the convoy near the Cam Lo Resettlement Village. Almost immediately, the marines came
under a heavy volume of hostile mortar fire followed by intense small-arms fire from a
well-concealed enemy force. As his squad deployed to engage the enemy, L/Cpl. Creek
quickly moved to a fighting position and aggressively engaged in the fire fight. Observing
a position from which he could more effectively deliver fire against the hostile forces.
he completely disregarded his own safety as he fearlessly dashed across the fire-swept
terrain and was seriously wounded by enemy fire. At the same time, an enemy grenade was
thrown into the gully where he had fallen, landing between him and several companions.
Fully realizing the inevitable results of his action, L/Cpl. Creek rolled on the grenade
and absorbed the full force of the explosion with his body, thereby saving the lives of 5
of his fellow marines. As a result of his heroic action, his men were inspired to such
aggressive action that the enemy was defeated and the convoy was able to continue its
vital mission. L/Cpl. Creek's indomitable courage, inspired the Marine Corps and the U.S.
Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.