List of decorated Marines from 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines

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This is a complete list of Marines from the 3rd Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment who have been awarded the United States's Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, or Silver Star. An asterisk after a recipient's name indicates that the award was given posthumously.

World War II[edit]

Six Marines from 3rd Battalion were awarded the Navy Cross during World War II, four of them during the Battle of Bougainville and the other two during the Battle of Guam. Only one 3/3 Marine were awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II.

Medal of Honor[edit]

Private Luther Skaggs, Jr. received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions on the beachhead on Guam during World War II. After the section leader became a casualty, Skaggs took over command and led the section through heavy enemy fire. Although wounded by a Japanese grenade that shattered the lower part of his leg, he continued to defend for a further eight hours through the night.

Navy Cross[edit]

James Beck
Rank and billet: Private, Rifleman
Organization: Company K
Date and place of action: 1943-11-22, Piva Forks, Bougainville
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: Unknown
Ralph Houser
Rank and billet: Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander
Organization: H&S Company
Date and place of action: 1944-07-21 - 1944-07-23, Asan-Adelup Beachead, Guam
Entered service: 1935, Quantico, Virginia
Birth: 1914, Iowa City, Iowa
Death: 2001, Reston, Virginia
John Logan, Jr.*
Rank and billet: Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Unknown
Date and place of action: 1943-11-24, Piva Forks, Bougainville
Entered service: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birth: Washington, D.C.
Death: 1943, Bougainville
Vernon Miller
Rank and billet: 1st Lieutenant, Platoon Commander
Organization: Machine Gun Platoon, Company K
Date and place of action: 1944-07-21 - 1944-07-23, Asan-Adelup Beachead, Guam
Entered service:
Birth:
Death:
Paul Torian
Rank and billet: Captain, Company Commander
Organization: Company K
Date and place of action: 1943-11-24, Piva Forks, Bougainville
Entered service: Evansville, Indiana
Birth: 1920, Evansville, Indiana
Death: 2004[1]
Robert Turnbull*
Rank and billet: Captain, Company Commander
Organization: Company L
Date and place of action: 1943-11-24, Piva Forks, Bougainville
Entered service: Lawrenceville, Virginia
Birth: Lawrenceville, Virginia
Death: 1943, Bougainville

James Luther Lee Jnr*

Citation: Bureau of Naval Personnel Information Bulletin No. 328 (July 1944)
Rank: Pharmacist's Mate Third Class
Company: Corpsman
Date and place of action: 1943-11-21, Piva Forks, Bougainville
Entered service: Austin, Texas
Born: September 8, 1924 at Fiskville, Texas
Home Town: Round Rock, Texas
Death: Killed in Action 1943-11-21, Piva Forks, Bougainville

Legion of Merit[edit]

Royal Bastian
Rank and billet: Major, Battalion Executive Officer, Acting Battalion Commander
Organization: H&S Company
Date and place of action: 1944-07-23 - 1944-08-10, Asan-Adelup Beachead, Guam
Entered service: UNK
Birth: UNK
Death: UNK[2]

Vietnam[edit]

Medal of Honor[edit]

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Ronald L. Coker*
Rank and billet: Private First Class, Rifleman
Organization: Company M
Date and place of action: 1969-03-24, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: 1968-04-16, Denver, Colorado
Birth: 1947-08-09, Alliance, Nebraska
Death: 1969-03-24, Quang Tri Province
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Robert O'Malley
Rank and billet: Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Company I
Date and place of action: 1965-08-18, Operation Starlite, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: 1961-10-11, New York, NY
Birth: 1943-06-03, New York, NY
Death: N/A
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William Prom*
Rank and billet: Lance Corporal, Machine Gunner
Organization: Machine Gun Section, Company I
Date and place of action: 1969-02-09, Near An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: 1967-12-27, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Birth: 1948-11-17, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Death: 1969-02-09, Near An Hoa

Navy Cross[edit]

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Joseph Muir[3]
Rank and billet: Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander
Organization: H&S Company
Date and place of action: 1965-08-18 to 1965-08-24, Operation Starlite, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: 1948-06-08, New York, NY
Death: 1965-09-11, Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam
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Bruce Webb*[3]
Rank and billet: Captain, Company Commander
Organization: Company I
Date and place of action: 1965-08-18, Operation Starlite, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: 1933-11-10, Wheaton, IL
Death: 1965-08-18, Republic of Vietnam
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James Mulloy
Rank and billet: Sergeant, Supply NCO
Organization: H&S Company
Date and place of action: 1965-08-18, Operation Starlite, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: Unknown
Death:
Robert Moe
Rank and billet: Staff Sergeant, Platoon Commander
Organization: Company L, 3rd Platoon
Date and place of action: 1965-12-09, Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: Unknown
Death:
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Grover Dickson*[4]
Rank and billet: Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Company K, 2nd Platoon
Date and place of action: 1966-11-11, Operation Prairie, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: New Orleans, LA
Birth: 1938-03-15, Fort Worth, TX
Death: 1966-11-11, Republic of Vietnam


James Kelly*[5]
Rank and billet: Corporal, Grenadier
Organization: Company I
Date and place of action: 1967-03-24, An Hoa, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Sacramento, CA
Birth: 1945-03-12
Death: 1967-03-24, Republic of Vietnam
Louis Pichon*
Rank and billet: Gunnery Sergeant, Company Gunnery Sergeant
Organization: Company I
Date and place of action: 1967-03-24, Cam Lo, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Slidell, LA
Birth: Unknown
Death: 1967-03-24, Republic of Vietnam


Robert Schley*[6]
Rank and billet: Corporal, Machine Gun Team Leader
Organization: Company M
Date and place of action: 1967-04-30, Battle of Hill 881, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: 1944-01-21, Oregon, WI
Death: 1967-04-30, Republic of Vietnam
Terrance Meier*
Rank and billet: Staff Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant
Organization: Company M, 2nd Platoon
Date and place of action: 1967-07-21, Ca Lu, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Portland, OR
Birth: Unknown
Death: 1967-07-21, Republic of Vietnam
Robert Lee Quick*
Rank and billet: Private First Class, Rifleman
Organization: Company K
Date and place of action: 1968-02-07, Gio Linh, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Wallaceton, PA
Birth: Unknown
Death: 1968-02-07, Republic of Vietnam
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Edward Day*[7]
Rank and billet: Lance Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Company L
Date and place of action: 1968-08-26, The Rockpile, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Philadelphia, PA
Birth: 1949-07-12
Death: 1968-08-26, Republic of Vietnam
Vernon Yarber*[7]
Rank and billet: Lance Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Company L
Date and place of action: 1968-08-26, The Rockpile, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Jacksonville, FL
Birth:
Death: 1968-08-26, Republic of Vietnam
Robert Dalton
Rank and billet: Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Company K
Date and place of action: 1969-05-25, Vietnamese Demilitarized Zone, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Unknown
Birth: Unknown
Death:
Roger Rosenberger*[8]
Rank and billet: Private First Class, Rifleman
Organization: Company M
Date and place of action: 1969-06-17, Dong Ha, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Swartz Creek, MI
Birth: 1950-07-29
Death: 1969-06-17, Republic of Vietnam
James McWhorter*
Rank and billet: Lance Corporal, Squad Leader
Organization: Company L, 3rd Platoon
Date and place of action: 1969-08-22, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Beaverton, OR
Birth: Unknown
Death: 1969-08-22, Republic of Vietnam
Terrence Kierznowski*
Rank and billet: Hospitalman Second Class, Corpsman
Organization: Company K
Date and place of action: 1969-09-12, Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam
Entered service: Crete, IL
Birth: Unknown
Death: 1969-09-12, Republic of Vietnam

Silver Star[edit]

Lance Corporal Dennis Scalici, a fire team leader with Lima Company, won two Silver Stars within a four-month period.

Lance Corporal Timothy Gene Carter* Mortar Team Leader was awarded the Silver Star along with 6 other medals posthumously (1969). Carter was the highest decorated Marine from Nevada of the Viet-Nam War. A Mortar Range in Hawthorne, Nevada, bears his name.

Sergeant Laurence Eugene Belko, with India Company, was awarded a Silver Star in May 1968 for coordinating a five-hour rescue of his comrades in Dong Ha, while wounded and under enemy fire.[9][10][11]

Global War on Terror[edit]

Medal of Honor[edit]

As of September 2011, one Marine from Third Battalion was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Global War on Terror.

Corporal Dakota Meyer
Dakota Meyer
Rank and billet: Corporal
Organization: Embedded Training Team 2-8
Date and place of action: 2008-09-08, Kunar province, Afghanistan
Entered service: Greensburg, Kentucky
Birth: Greensburg, Kentucky

Silver Star[edit]

As of June 2011, only one Marine from Third Battalion has earned the Silver Star in the Global War on Terror.

1st Lieutenant Stephen Boada
Stephen Boada
Rank and billet: 1st Lieutenant, Forward Air Controller
Organization: Company K, 2nd Platoon
Date and place of action: 2005-05-05 - 2005-05-09, Shatagal Village, Afghanistan
Entered service: Bristol, Connecticut
Birth: Bristol, Connecticut

Statistics[edit]

Parentheses indicate number of times award was posthumous.

Conflict Year Medal of Honor Navy Cross Silver Star
World War II 1943 0 4(2) ????
World War II 1944 1 2 ????
Vietnam War 1965 1 4(1) 10(?)
Vietnam War 1966 0 1(1) 6(?)
Vietnam War 1967 0 4(4) 27(?)
Vietnam War 1968 0 3(3) 27(?)
Vietnam War 1969 2(2) 4(3) 32(?)
Global War on Terrorism 2005 1 0 1

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