Rash, Donald Ray, PFC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0311-Rifleman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1968-1968, 0311, 26th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
Service Years
- 1968

Private 1st Class

 
 

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Home State
Virginia
Virginia
Year of Birth
1948
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Pocahontas
Last Address
Pocahontas

Casualty Date
Mar 30, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
47E 015

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Last Known Activity posted by 35 Moore, Ronnie Eugene (curley), LCpl 851 
Thank you Marine for your service for yo... posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj 1174

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 Unit Assignments
26th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
  1968-1968, 0311, 26th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
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Last Known Activity
Not Specified
   
Comments/Citation
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 47E 015

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Donald Ray Rash (MCSN: 2230103), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a rifleman with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 March 1968, while conducting a reconnaissance in force near the Khe Sanh Combat Base, Company B suddenly came under a heavy volume of small-arms fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions. Although the majority of the hostile fire was directed at his squad, pinning down his companions, Private Rash disregarded his own safety as he unhesitatingly left a covered position and launched a determined assault against the enemy emplacements. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he fearlessly advanced across the fire-swept terrain, boldly throwing hand grenades and delivering a heavy volume of rifle fire upon the enemy force. Although continuously exposed to the intense hostile fire, he resolutely continued his vicious attack until he had destroyed five enemy positions and killed numerous North Vietnamese soldiers. When his company was subsequently ordered to withdraw while under accurate enemy mortar fire, he steadfastly remained behind, and as he delivered suppressive fire to cover the evacuation of casualties he was mortally wounded. His bold initiative and resolute determination inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his company accounting for 115 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and selfless devotion to duty, Private Rash contributed immeasurably to the accomplishments of his unit's mission and sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: March 30, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
   
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