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Oliver L. North Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
SECOND LIEUTENANT OLIVER LAURENCE NORTH
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant Oliver Laurence North (MCSN: 0-106162), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 25 May 1969, while Company K was participating in Operation Virginia Ridge near the Demilitarized Zone, the lead platoon came under a heavy volume of machine gun and automatic weapons fire supported by rocket-propelled grenades, directional mines, and mortars. In the initial burst of fire, the platoon commander and point squad leader were seriously wounded. Continue reading “Oliver L. North Silver Star citation”

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Charles H. Pitman’s Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
MAJOR CHARLES HENRY PITMAN
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Charles Henry Pitman (MCSN: 0-69426), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Pilot with Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE (HMM-265), Marine Aircraft Group Sixteen, FIRST Marine Aircraft Wing, in connection with combat operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 April 1967, Major Pitman led a section of two CH-46A transport helicopters and two UH-1E gunships on a night emergency extraction of a sixteen man reconnaissance team which was temporarily pinned down by intense enemy fire in mountainous terrain south of DaNang. Continue reading “Charles H. Pitman’s Silver Star citation”

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James Capers Jr. Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
MAJOR JAMES CAPERS, JR.

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major (then Second Lieutenant] James Capers, Jr. (MCSN: 0-95892), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Team Leader and Platoon Commander, First Platoon, Forward Detachment, Third Force Reconnaissance Company, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division, during combat operations in the vicinity of Phu Loc, Republic of Vietnam from 31 March to 3 April 1967. Beginning a four day long foot mobile reconnaissance patrol, Major Capers maneuvered his team through rugged enemy territory. His team was tasked to locate a suspected North Vietnamese regimental base camp southwest of Phu Loc and provide observation for the flank of Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines. The area proved to be heavily inhabited by the enemy as Major Capers’ team made contact with twenty enemy soldiers on their first day of patrolling, with two additional contacts the following day, resulting in one severely wounded Marine. Despite the threat posed by the numerically superior enemy force, Major Capers maintained pursuit of a vigilant and tenacious adversary. He called for fire on an enemy base camp, thus thwarting an impending attack on the Marine battalion. On the last day of the patrol, Major Capers’ nine man patrol was again engaged by a numerically superior enemy force with an initial attack from a daisy-chained claymore mine. Within moments Major Capers sustained multiple fragmentation and bullet wounds from dense barrages of direct and indirect enemy fire. Ignoring the severity of his wounds and an extreme loss of blood, he maintained the initiative and continued the fight with his team. Despite being administered morphine for his severe wounds, he continued to coordinate supporting fire and the team’s movement to the helicopter extraction site. While struggling to maintain consciousness and still under attack, Major Capers demanded continuous situation and status reports from his Marines and ensured the entire team was evacuated before himself. Barely able to stand, Major Capers finally boarded the helicopter and was evacuated. By his bold leadership, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Major Capers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.


Joined Marine Corps in 1953… Received battlefield commission to 2nd Lt. while in Vietnam… Awarded two Bronze Stars with Combat “V”, three Purple Hearts… Was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but received the Silver Star instead 43 years later

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Richard W. Perry Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
SERGEANT RICHARD W. PERRY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Sergeant Richard W. Perry (MCSN: 19811901), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the Second Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in Vietnam on 19 September 1966. Sergeant Perry was a member of a platoon reconnaissance patrol which was attacked by heavy small arms and automatic weapons fire from a larger force of communist regulars. Continue reading “Richard W. Perry Silver Star citation”

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Robert W. Grove’s Silver Star citation

THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

ESTABLISHED BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS 9 JULY 1918 (AMENDED BY ACT OF 25 JULY 1963) AND AWARDED BY THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

SILVER STAR MEDAL

PRESENTED TO
GUNNERY SERGEANT ROBERT WOODROW GROVE
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Robert Woodrow Grove (MCSN: 306455), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Light Weapons Infantry Advisor with the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during operations against the enemy near Tu Thuan Village, Quang Ngai Province, Vietnam, on 16 February 1965. Continue reading “Robert W. Grove’s Silver Star citation”