The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*YOUNG, MARVIN R.
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, (Mechanized), 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. Place
and Date: Near Ben Cui, Republic of Vietnam, 21 August 1968. Entered service at:
Odessa, Tex. Born: 11 May 1947, Alpine, Tex.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Young distinguished himself at the cost of his life while
serving as a squad leader with Company C. While conducting a reconnaissance mission in the
vicinity of Ben Cui, Company C was suddenly engaged by an estimated regimental-size force
of the North Vietnamese Army. During the initial volley of fire the point element of the
1st Platoon was pinned down, sustaining several casualties, and the acting platoon leader
was killed. S/Sgt. Young unhesitatingly assumed command of the platoon and immediately
began to organize and deploy his men into a defensive position in order to repel the
attacking force. As a human wave attack advanced on S/Sgt. Young's platoon, he moved from
position to position, encouraging and directing fire on the hostile insurgents while
exposing himself to the hail of enemy bullets. After receiving orders to withdraw to a
better defensive position, he remained behind to provide covering fire for the withdrawal.
Observing that a small element of the point squad was unable to extract itself from its
position, and completely disregarding his personal safety, S/Sgt. Young began moving
toward their position, firing as he maneuvered. When halfway to their position he
sustained a critical head injury, yet he continued his mission and ordered the element to
withdraw. Remaining with the squad as it fought its way to the rear, he was twice
seriously wounded in the arm and leg. Although his leg was badly shattered, S/Sgt. Young
refused assistance that would have slowed the retreat of his comrades, and he ordered them
to continue their withdrawal while he provided protective covering fire. With indomitable
courage and heroic self-sacrifice, he continued his self-assigned mission until the enemy
force engulfed his position. By his gallantry at the cost of his life are in the highest
traditions of the military service, S/Sgt. Young has reflected great credit upon himself,
his unit, and the U.S. Army.