President of thTHe
United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL
FIRST CLASS OWEN WHITE, JR.
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
service as set forth in the following
conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving
as a Fire Team Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fifth
Marines, First Marine Division in connection with operations
against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 11 September
1968, Company M was participating in Operation Mameluke Thrust
in Quang Nam Province when the Marines came under a heavy volume
of automatic weapons, small arms and antitank rocket fire from
a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions
and sustained numerous casualties.
instantly, Private First Class White commenced delivering a
heavy volume of fire upon the hostile bunkers and, maneuvering
across the fire-swept terrain to the side of a wounded Marine,
carried him to a covered position. Disregarding his own safety,
he again maneuvered across the hazardous area and, after evacuating
another casualty, skillfully administering first aid to his
two wounded comrades.
continuing his determined efforts, he was assisting a third
seriously injured man when he was mortally wounded by the intense
hostile fire. His heroic actions and calm presence of mind inspired
all who served with him and were instrumental in saving the
lives of two Marines.
his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty,
Private First Class White upheld the highest traditions of the
Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly
gave his life in the service of his country.
W. BUSE, JR.
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U.S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDING GENERAL, FLEET MARINE FORCE, PACIFIC