MARINE OF THE WEEK: E-TOOL

MARINE OF THE WEEK: E-TOOL

MARINE OF THE WEEK:
 
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Maj. Gen. Ray L. Smith
Republic of Vietnam, April 1972
Award: Navy Cross
 
Smith, a Captain at the time, was serving as an advisor to approximately 250 Vietnamese Marines located on a small hilltop outpost in the Republic of Vietnam. Helping “repulse several savage enemy assaults, and subjected to a continuing hail of fire from an attacking force estimated to be of two-battalion strength, Capt. Smith repeatedly exposed himself to the heavy fire while directing friendly air support. When adverse weather conditions precluded further close air support, he attempted to lead the group, now reduced to only 28 Vietnamese Marines, to the safety of friendly lines. An enemy soldier opened fire upon the Marines at the precise moment that they had balked when encountering an outer defensive ring of barbed wire. Capt. Smith returned accurate fire, disposing of the attacker, and then threw himself backwards on top of the booby-trap-infested wire barrier. Swiftly, the remaining Marines moved over the crushed wire, stepping on Capt. Smith’s prostrate body, until all had passed safely through the barrier. Although suffering severe cuts and bruises, Capt. Smith succeeded in leading the Marines to the safety of friendly lines.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo)
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30 comments


  • Kapena

    OOPS! I get so caught up and dont notice my errors! Thank you! I stand corrected! Carrying on!


  • Gunny

    He was my Bn Co. with 2Bn 8th Mar promoted me to Cpl. Cg inspection in 1983. Outstanding co! He was a Marines Marine! Words can’t express.


  • Bill 0331

    Did ops with the ROK Marines (Blue Dragons ) in 69 south of Da Nang Dodge city area. Friendly bunch until they get pissed. The will mow over anything or anyone that gets in there way including civilians . BTW they loved and respected American Marines and I for one respected the hell out of them. Bill 0331 E-2/1.


  • R. Lee (USMCR)

    Kapena, it’s not the CORE, its the CORPS.


  • Rich “Dino” Lee

    Hell Yeah Sir…outstanding! VMA-225


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