Silver Star: Half Century Later

Silver Star: Half Century Later

I just read in The Purple Heart magazine that a Marine Vietnam Vet had received a Silver Star for action while serving with “D” Co. 1st Bat.3rd Marines He was given the award at a ceremony hosted by the National Museum of The Marine Corps. The award was presented to L/Cpl Raymond Kelley on 18-May-2018 exactly 51 years after the action. On 18-May-1967 Kelley was a machine gun team leader when his unit was tasked with to provide relief to a pinned down unit. His team began to receive heavy fire and took multiple casualties. Disregarding his own safety he repeatedly placed himself in the open to assist the wounded Marines and help them to the platoon command post where they could receive medical attention and while ignoring his own wounds continued to fight until the enemy disengaged. It did not say where this took place maybe someone reading this has more detail. Anyway, congrats LCpl Kelley wherever you are and, as always well done and SEMPER FI!!

Harry

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  • Harry

    No I don’t run the site I just check it daily. I’m such a nerd and don’t get out much.I was 1371 with 7th Engrs. 4-Apr-68–22-Apr-69 Harry


  • Murray Hermanson

    DMZ, Operation Beau Charge. in the DMZ. Harry as usual your first on. It’s only Thursday. Do you run this site? Fellow 1371 or was it you were with 2/9? anyways that’s were it happened. I was on Hickory with H 2/9 just a few meters South of the DMZ at the same time. Vietnam Dec 66 to Aug68 and back in May69 to Aug 69, with 1/9 2/9 3/9 2/26 and others.


  • Harry

    I feel a bit re-missed that I did not include another Marine who also received the same award,also 51 years after the action.1st Lt. Philip H. Sauer also received the Silver Star for action on 24-Apr-1967 at Hill 861.The Lt. was KIA that day. His surviving siblings accepted the medal at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton on 24-Apr-2018 I also just read that the 300th Marine will be receiving The Medal Of Honor this month( 17-Oct.) at the White House Another Vietnam Vet.Retired Sgt.Major John L. Canley (At the time of the action Gunny Sgt.”A” Co 1/1) Action was during the Battle Of Hue during 68′ Tet. The award is an upgrade from Navy Cross already received.You can read the complete story at Military.com.Once again WELL DONE MARINES!! SEMPER FI!! Harry


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