1ST RECON BN - KIA TRIBUTE

LANCE BRYAN BARTON

Alpha 1st Recon Bn

Bill Clark 1st Recon Bn

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Lance Corporal

Gary Paul Bland

Da Nang, Vietnam Camp Reasoner's Chapel

1968

Woodhull Cemetery
Woodhull, Illinois, USA

Bill Crawford

Our Teammates may be gone, but they will never be forgotten!

Melvin Joseph Riley, Jr

Frank Bosco

Delta Company

LARRY E THOMAS

CPL James Carl "Jimmy" Spinuzzi

CPL James Carl "Jimmy" Spinuzzi

Episode #10: Semper Fi

On September 18, 1968, 10 Recon Marines went on patrol near Thuong Duc in Vietnam. Two days later, 8 of the team returned from the jungle with the bodies of of their comrades - Lcpl. Felipe Herrera (left) and Sgt. Larry Johnson (right).

Lance Corporal

Felipe Herrera

Sergeant Larry A. Johnson 

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Episode #10: Semper Fi
JANUARY 30, 2017 · 36:42

HERRERA, FELIPE Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.) FMF Date of Action: September 20, 1968 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to Felipe Herrera, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving with Company A, First Reconnaissance Battalion, First Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 20 September 1968, Corporal Herrera was the machine gunner of a reconnaissance team operating near Thoung Due in Quang Nam Province when he alertly observed a large hostile force maneuvering to attack the Marines. Reacting instantly, he warned his comrades of the approaching enemy, and almost immediately the patrol came under a heavy volume of hostile automatic weapons fire. With complete disregard for his own safety, Corporal Herrera boldly moved from his position and fearlessly assaulted the enemy soldiers to within ten meters of their location, killing six of the attackers and halting their advance. Continuing his determined efforts, he resolutely remained in his dangerously exposed position and delivered intense machine-gun fire against the enemy until he was mortally wounded. His heroic and timely actions inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in enabling his comrades to gain fire superiority and deploy into advantageous defensive positions. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit, and steadfast devotion to duty, Corporal Herrera upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country. Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Home Town: San Antonio, Texas

*JOHNSON, LARRY A. (KIA)

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Larry A. Johnson (2232731), Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on September 20, 1968. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and steadfast devotion to duty in the face of extreme personal danger, Sergeant Johnson upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Home Town: Varna, Illinois

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