John P. Bobo

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John Paul Bobo
Bobo JP USMC.jpg  A light blue neck ribbon with a gold star shaped medallion hanging from it. The ribbon is similar in shape to a bowtie with 13 white stars in the center of the ribbon.
John P. Bobo, Medal of Honor recipient
Born (1943-02-14)February 14, 1943
Niagara Falls, New York
Died March 30, 1967(1967-03-30) (aged 24)
KIA in Vietnam
Buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery,
Lewiston, New York
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1965-1967
Rank Second Lieutenant
Unit 3rd Battalion 9th Marines
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart Medal (2)
Combat Action Ribbon
National Order of Vietnam
RVN Gallantry Cross

John Paul Bobo (February 14, 1943 – March 30, 1967) was a United States Marine Corps second lieutenant who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War on March 30, 1967.

Biography[edit]

John Paul Bobo was born on February 14, 1943 in Niagara Falls, New York. He attended Bishop Duffy High School where he is today distinguished as an honored alum. He graduated from Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York, in 1965.

US Marine Corps[edit]

Bobo enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on May 28, 1965 in Buffalo while attending Niagara University. He received a B.A. Degree in History in June 1965, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve on December 17, 1965. He completed the Officer Candidate Course, The Basic School, Marine Corps Schools, Quantico, Virginia, in May 1966.

South Vietnam[edit]

Bobo was ordered to the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) in June 1966 and was assigned duty as the Second Platoon commander, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. While serving in Company I, 9th Marines, during Operation Prairie III, he was mortally wounded when a large number of NVA soldiers attacked his rifle company's night ambush position (at Hill 70, west of Con Thien) in Quang Tri Province near the Demilitarized Zone in South Vietnam on March 30, 1967. Knowing his wounds would prevent him from making it to safety, Bobo ordered his men to retreat while he stayed behind alone to fight the North Vietnamese aggressors. His actions saved the lives of all of his men. For this, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.

He was 24 years old.

Burial[edit]

He is buried in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Lewiston, New York.

Military decorations and awards[edit]

2nd Lieutenant Bobo's military awards include:

A light blue ribbon with five white five pointed stars
Gold star
Bronze star
Medal of Honor
Purple Heart Medal w/ 1 5/16 inch star National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal w/ 1 service star
National Order of Vietnam, Knight RVN Gallantry Cross w/ palm RVN Campaign Medal w/ 1960- device

Personal namings and honors[edit]

Maritime prepositioning ship USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo is anchored in Souda Bay, Greece in 2010.

Lt. Bobo namings and honors include:

  • Niagara University's baseball field is named, John P. Bobo Field.

Medal of Honor citation[edit]

The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to

SECOND LIEUTENANT JOHN P. BOBO
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following CITATION:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as Weapons Platoon Commander, Company I, Third Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 30 March 1967. Company I was establishing night ambush sites when the command group was attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese company supported by heavy automatic weapons and mortar fire. Lieutenant BOBO immediately organized a hasty defense and moved from position to position encouraging the outnumbered Marines despite the murderous enemy fire. Recovering a rocket launcher from among the friendly casualties, he organized a new launcher team and directed its fire into the enemy machine gun position. When an exploding enemy mortar round severed Lieutenant Bobo's right leg below the knee, he refused to be evacuated and insisted upon being placed in a firing position to cover the movement of the command group to a better location. With a web belt around his leg serving as tourniquet and with his leg jammed into the dirt to curtail the bleeding, he remained in this position and delivered devastating fire into the ranks of the enemy attempting to overrun the Marines. Lieutenant BOBO was mortally wounded while firing his weapon into the main point of the enemy attack but his valiant spirit inspired his men to heroic efforts, and his tenacious stand enabled the command group to gain a protective position where it repulsed the enemy onslaught. Lieutenant BOBO's superb leadership, dauntless courage, and bold initiative reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.[6]

/S/LYNDON B. JOHNSON

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Maritime Prepositioning Ships - T-AK". The United States Navy — Fact File. USN. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Military Sealift Command Ship Inventory". United States Navy. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  3. ^ a b "US MSC Buying USNS 2nd Lt. John P. Bobo". Defense Industry Daily. January 18, 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  4. ^ Mishalov, Neil. "Bobo, John". Mishalov.com. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  5. ^ "2Lt John Paul Bobo". The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The Wall-USA. Retrieved 2007-05-31. 
  6. ^ 2dLt John P. Bobo, Marines Awarded the Medal of Honor.

References[edit]

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