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Major James Garfield Doss, Jr. US MARINE CORPS

For service as set forth in the following:

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major James G. Doss, Jr., United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of the Third Tank Battalion, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with operations against insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces near DaNang, Republic of Vietnam. Shortly after midnight on 17 August 1966, the Viet Cong launched a vicious mortar barrage and small arms attack, and Major Doss was among the first to be wounded. The same round killed the Logistic Officer and gravely wounded the Battalion Executive Officer. Although suffering from an impairment of hearing and painful wounds in the leg and hip, Major Doss directed medical aid for the more seriously wounded. Realizing that the defensive perimeter might be penetrated at any moment, he asked to be assisted to the Battalion Command Bunker, where he assumed control of operations. In spite of continuous small arms fire, Major Doss moved to the edge of the perimeter to personally observe and direct the defense. Although he was obviously in great pain, he refused evacuation in order to remain in command of the Battalion. His calm and reassuring presence in the Command Bunker and on the perimeter was an inspiration to all who observed him. Additionally, he coordinated the activities of the three other battalions on Hill 34. The following morning, some seven hours later, he submitted to medical aid after being assured that recovery operations were progressing satisfactorily. By his stirring example, professional abilities and calm devotion to duty, Major Doss upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.