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Marvin Rex Young

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Medal Of Honor, Vietnam

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While conducting a reconnaissance mission Staff Sergeant Young's company was suddenly engaged by an estimated regimental-size force of North Vietnamese. During the initial volley the point element was pinned down, sustaining several casualties, and the acting platoon leader was killed. Staff Sergeant Young assumed command 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 his 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 he remained behind to provide covering fire. Seeing that a small element of the point squad was unable to extract itself, he began moving toward their position, firing as he maneuvered. When halfway there he sustained a critical head injury, yet he continued his mission and ordered the element to withdraw. Helping the squad fight its way to the rear, he was wounded in the arm and his leg was badly shattered. He ordered his men to continue their withdrawal while he provided protective covering fire until the enemy force engulfed his position.

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