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Thomas Patrick Noonan, Jr.

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U.S. Marine Corps
Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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Lance Corporal Noonan's company moved from a position they had been holding southeast of the Vandergrift Combat Base to an alternate location. As the Marines commenced a slow and difficult descent down the side of a hill made extremely slippery by heavy rains, the leading element came under a heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit occupying concealed positions in the rocky terrain. Four men were wounded, and repeated attempts to recover them failed. Lance Corporal Noonan moved from his position of relative security and, maneuvering down the treacherous slope to a location near the injured men, took cover behind some rocks. Shouting words of encouragement them to restore their confidence, he dashed across the hazardous terrain and dragged the most seriously wounded man away from the fire-swept area. Although wounded and knocked to the ground by an enemy round, he recovered rapidly and resumed dragging the man toward the marginal security of a rock. He was mortally wounded before he could reach his destination, but his heroic actions inspired his fellow Marines to such aggressiveness that they initiated a spirited assault which forced the enemy soldiers to withdraw.

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