SGT. SAM R. BAKER, II – AUG. 10, 1966

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Sam R. Baker, II (1973607), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on August 10, 1966. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Baker upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bronx, New York

Corpsman Robert J. Bardwell

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes Pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert J. Bardwell (6897172), Hospital Corpsman , U.S. Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam . Hospital Corpsman Bardwell distinguished himself by intrepid actions on 17 July 1965 while serving as a Corpsman attached to Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division. His unquestionable valor in close combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town : Winfield , Kansas


SGT. RAFAEL A. CANDELARIO – MAY 9, 1969

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Rafael A. Candelario (2030045), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Candelario upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Juan, Puerto Rico

CAPT. RICHARD L. CODY – OCT. 7, 1968

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard L. Cody (0-85109), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on October 7, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Cody upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Richmond, California

* SGT. RAY A. HAYES (KIA) – SEP. 17, 1968

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ray A. Hayes (1942851), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 17, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Hayes upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Knoxville, Tennessee

* PFC KEO J. KESHNER (KIA) – JUN. 8, 1969

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Keo J. Keshner (2481163), Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 8, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Private First Class Keshner upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: New Florence, Missouri

S/SGT. JERRY M. SODERLING – MAY 10, 1967

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jerry M. Soderling (1835230), Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 10, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Staff Sergeant Soderling upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: San Francisco, California


CAPT. PHILLIP H. TORREY, III – JUN. 9, 1969

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Phillip H. Torrey, III (0-85190), Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on June 9, 1969. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Captain Torrey upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Los Angeles, California

1ST LT. RICHARD M. ZELL – APR. 11, 1967

Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Richard M. Zell (0-95352), First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on April 11, 1967. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, First Lieutenant Zell upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Queens, New York


ROBERT L. BARNETT – DATE

Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert L. Barnett (2259704), Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Machine Gun Squad Leader with Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 9 May 1969, during a battalion-sized reconnaissance in force in Quang Nam Province, Corporal Barnett was moving with the point position across rice paddies bordered by tree lines when the Marines came under intense small-arms fire and were pinned down by a large North Vietnamese Army force. During the initial burst of enemy fire, four men in the lead platoon were wounded, including Corporal Barnett. Observing the wounded Corpsman and another Marine lying in a dangerously exposed position, Corporal Barnett completely disregarded his own safety as he rushed across the fire-swept terrain to reach his fallen comrades and administer first aid. Locating another casualty, he ignored his own painful injuries as he braved the enemy fire to run 100 meters across the open terrain to reach the wounded Marine. Although injured a second time, he managed to assist in moving the casualty to a covered position. He refused evacuation for himself and boldly delivered effective fire which killed four North Vietnamese soldiers and suppressed the hostile fire sufficiently to enable the aircraft to land. Although wounded again by enemy fire, he remained oblivious to the intense pain and valiantly continued to deliver a heavy volume of accurate and effective covering fire while the casualties were embarked and the helicopter lifted out of the hazardous area. Despite his weakened condition, he continued to aggressively engage the enemy until wounded a fourth time and medically evacuated. His heroic actions inspired all who observed him and contributed materially to the defeat of the enemy. By his courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Corporal Barnett upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Home Town : Minneapolis , Minnesota

MAJOR ROBERT THOMPSON – DATE

Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Robert H. Thompson (0-62346), Lieutenant Colonel [then Major], U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as the Commanding Officer, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 12 February to 3 March 1968, while participating in Operation HUE CITY, Lieutenant Colonel Thompson aggressively led his battalion in intense fighting against well entrenched North Vietnamese forces within the Citadel. On 13 February, he deployed elements of his unit across the Perfume River to reduce enemy resistance in the southeast corner of the walled city. Almost immediately, small-arms, automatic weapons, and rocket fire from a large North Vietnamese force slowed his advance. Ignoring the intense enemy fire, he moved to an exposed vantage point where he rapidly assessed the situation and unhesitatingly moved across the fire-swept front of his battalion, directing the efforts of the company commanders and shouting words of encouragement to individual Marines, inspiring them to resume the momentum of the attack. Ordered to commence an attack northwest of the city on 28 February, Colonel Thompson fearlessly moved his command group with the attacking companies, repeatedly moving to the areas of heaviest contact in order to personally assist his unit commanders and influence the course of the engagement. When an attached company engaged a well entrenched North Vietnamese force on 1 March, Colonel Thompson accompanied a reinforcing unit dispatched to establish a blocking position to prevent the enemy’s escape. Located with the lead elements, he personally coordinated supporting arms fire with the movement of the advancing Marines as they overwhelmed the enemy and accomplished the mission. By his intrepid fighting spirit, inspiring leadership, and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Colonel Thompson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals
Home Town : Corinth , Mississippi


ROBIN L. MONTGOMERY – June 8, 1969

Citation:
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Second Lieutenant Robin L. Montgomery (MCSN: 0-107468), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Platoon Commander of the 81-mm. Mortar Platoon, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 June 1969, while Second Lieutenant Montgomery was leading the advance party to a previously selected battalion command post site, the Marines were pinned down in an open rice paddy by a heavy volume of mortar, antitank rocket, and automatic weapons fire from enemy troops occupying well-fortified emplacements. Realizing the need for immediate action, Second Lieutenant Montgomery crawled close to the enemy lines and, pinpointing several principal sources of hostile fire, stood in full view of the enemy soldiers as he initiated an aggressive assault against the nearest machine-gun position, destroying it and silencing the fire from that sector. Although seriously wounded during this action, and suffering intense pain, he again braved the enemy fusillade to single-handedly destroy a machine-gun position occupied by several of the enemy. Weakened by loss of blood and the severity of his wounds, he was unable to continue his combat efforts. However, his heroic and determined actions so inspired his vastly outnumbered men that they surged forward and fought through the enemy lines. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unfaltering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Second Lieutenant Montgomery contributed significantly to the defeat of the enemy force and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.