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Harvey Curtiss Barney Barnum

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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When his company was pinned down by a hail of extremely accurate enemy fire and was quickly separated from the remainder of the battalion by over 500 meters of open ground, casualties mounted rapidly. Lieutenant Barnum quickly made a reconnaissance of the area, seeking targets for his artillery. Finding the company commander mortally wounded and the radio operator killed, he gave aid to the dying commander, then removed the radio from the dead operator and strapped it to himself. He assumed command and moving at into the midst of the heavy fire, rallying and giving encouragement to all units, reorganized them to replace the loss of key personnel and led their attack on enemy positions. His sound and swift decisions and his obvious calm served to stabilize the badly decimated units. Provided with two armed helicopters, he moved fearlessly through enemy fire to control the air attack against the firmly entrenched enemy while skillfully directing one platoon in a successful counterattack on the key enemy positions. Having cleared a small area, he requested and directed the landing of two transport helicopters for the evacuation of the dead and wounded. He then assisted in the mopping up and seizure of the battalion's objective.

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