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John James McGinty, III

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Second Lieutenant McGinty's platoon was providing rear security to protect the withdrawal of his battalion from a position which had been under attack for three days when they came under heavy small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from an estimated enemy regiment. With each successive human wave which assaulted his 32-man platoon during the four-hour battle, he rallied his men to beat off the enemy. In one bitter assault, two of the squads became separated from the remainder of the platoon. Lieutenant McGinty charged through intense automatic weapons and mortar fire to their position. Finding 20 men wounded and the medical corpsman killed, he quickly reloaded ammunition magazines and weapons for the wounded men and directed their fire upon the enemy. Although painfully wounded as he moved to care for the disabled men, he continued to shout encouragement to his troops and to direct their fire until attacking hordes were beaten off. When the enemy tried to out-flank his position, he killed five of them at point-blank range with his pistol. When they again nearly overran the small force, he adjusted artillery and air strikes within 50 yards of his position, routing the enemy, who left an estimated 500 bodies on the battlefield.

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