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    Default Two Khe Sanh vets to get medals for heroic actions

    SAN DIEGO ó It began with a retired Marine general listening to veterans reminisce about the terrifying day they fought the North Vietnamese army troops on a jungle hillside and saw 75 percent of their unit be killed or wounded.

    Maj. Gen. John Admire said he was shocked to learn not one of the unitís survivors who fought while rescuing their fellow Marines had been recognized for their courage: One veteran still has shrapnel in his face from the April 30, 1967, battle, when he fought for eight hours after getting injured. Another suffered severe head wounds after taking over the machine gun from a wounded comrade.

    Now 46 years later, those two men, Joe Cordileone and Robert Moffatt, will be honored with the Silver and Bronze Star medals, respectively, in a ceremony Friday at the Marine Recruiting Depot in San Diego.

    http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/arti...heroic-actions

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    The marines have always been very tight with their medals. I've always wondered about the battle of the Tenaru river, (Ilo) and why no one received the medal of Honor, especially the two machine gunners (one blind but could shoot and the other incapacitated but could see) held off a strategic secter during hours of continuous banzai attacks. Needless to say many died with no witness to their acts or poor writing skills of the commander.

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    That was a tough operation for 3/3.

    http://www.33usmc.com/KheSanh/00.html

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    Thanks for posting the story. I emailed it to my son, who served with India Company 3/3 during his first enlistment. He learned to appreciate the history of the battalion, particularly in Vietnam. Prior to one of the battalion's deployments to Iraq, two Vietnam era members of 3/3, who received Silver Stars, met with the battalion and talked to them about their experiences, their pride in the battalion, and their expectations for the then current members.

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