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Gary Wayne Martini

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Private First Class Martini's platoon assaulted across an open rice paddy to within 20 meters of the enemy trench where they were suddenly hit by hand grenades, small arms, automatic weapons, and mortar fire. The enemy onslaught killed 14 and wounded 18 Marines, pinning the remainder of the platoon down. PFC Martini crawled over a dike to a forward area within 15 meters of the enemy position where, exposed to hostile fire, he hurled hand grenades killing several of the enemy. Crawling back he rejoined his platoon which had moved to the relative safety of a trench line. He saw several of his wounded comrades lying helpless in the fire-swept paddy. Although he knew that one man had been killed attempting to assist the wounded, he raced through the open area and dragged a comrade back to safety. Though wounded during this rescue, he again braved enemy fire to aid another companion lying only 20 meters in front of the enemy trench line. As he reached the fallen Marine, he received a mortal wound, but disregarding his own condition began to drag the Marine toward his platoon's position. Through a final supreme effort he moved his injured comrade to where he could be pulled to safety, before he fell, succumbing to his wounds.

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