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Below: Charlie at Hill 881 South, Khe Sanh, Vietnam 1968, prior to being wounded.

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NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the
NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL to

CORPORAL CHARLES L. McCARTY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following
CITATION:

“For heroic achievement while serving as a Radioman with Company M, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 10 July 1968, Corporal McCarty volunteered for a reconnaissance patrol assigned the mission of locating routes of approach into the flank of an area containing a North Vietnamese Army company. After the seven-man patrol had maneuvered undetected into the enemy area, two members moved forward to search a bunker complex while the remainder provided security. Sighting two enemy soldiers, the two men forward established an ambush and killed the hostile soldiers when they entered the area of the bunker. Almost immediately, numerous North Vietnamese soldiers began closing on the patrol from all sides. Ignoring the hail of enemy fire directed at him, Corporal McCarty, who was covering the left flank, began delivering deadly accurate fire at the enemy, while the two point men completed a search of the soldiers they had killed. Largely as a result of his heroic actions, the attacking enemy soldiers were delayed and the team was able to move from the area. It was later discovered that one of the soldiers killed in the ambush was a high ranking enemy official carrying plans and overlays for an attack on the DaNang area. By his courage, bold initiative, and steadfast devotion to duty at great personal risk, Corporal McCarty inspired all who observed him and upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.”

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

FOR THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY,
H. W. BUSE, JR.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC


THE PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION (Navy)

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the
PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to

TWENTY-SIXTH MARINES (REINFORCED),
THIRD MARINE DIVISION (REINFORCED)

for service as set forth in the following
CITATION:

“For extraordinary heroism in action against North Vietnamese Army forces during the battle for Khe Sanh in the Republic o Vietnam from 20 January to 1 April 1968. Throughout this period, the 26th Marines (Reinforced) was assigned the mission of holding the vital Khe Sanh Combat Base and positions on Hills 881, 861-A, 558 and 950, which dominated strategic enemy approach routes into Northern I Corps. The 26th Marines was opposed by numerically superior forces — two North Vietnamese Army divisions, strongly reinforced with artillery, tank, anti-aircraft artillery and rocket units. The enemy, deployed to take advantage of short lines of communications, rugged mountainous terrain, jungle, and adverse weather conditions, was determined to destroy the Khe Sanh Combat Base in conjunction with large scale offensive operations in the two northern provinces of the Republic of Vietnam. The 26th Marines, occupying a small but critical area, was daily subjected to hundreds of rounds of intensive artillery, mortar and rocket fire, in addition, fierce ground attacks were conducted by the enemy in an effort to penetrate the friendly positions. Despite overwhelming odds, the 26th Marines remained resolute and determined, maintaining the integrity of its positions and inflicting heavy losses on the enemy. When monsoon weather greatly reduced air support and compounded the problems of aerial resupply, the men of the 26th Marines stood defiantly firm, sustained by their own professional esprit and high sense of duty. Through their indomitable will, staunch endurance, and resolute courage, the 26th Marines and supporting units held the Khe Sanh Combat Base. The actions of the 26th Marines contributed substantially to the failure of the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army winter/spring offensive. The enemy forces were denied the military and psychological victory they so desperately sought. By their gallant fighting spirit and their countless individual acts of heroism, the men of the 26th Marines (Reinforced) established a record of illustrious courage and determination in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.”

Lyndon B. Johnson
President of the United States

 


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