Watington, Ralph, Jr., Cpl Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
0351-Assaultman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Last Unit
1965-1967, 0351, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/D Co
Service Years
1964 - 1967

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
1946
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
New York City
Last Address
New York

Casualty Date
May 08, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Tri
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19E line 068

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 Tributes from Members  
Rest Easy Marine ~ You Are Not Forgotten... posted by 40 Fletcher, Stephen (Fletch), Cpl 6821
Thank you Cpl. for your love of our Corp... posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj 1171
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 Unit Assignments
RTR, MCRD Parris Island/3rd Recruit Training BnInfantry Training School(s) (SOI) EAST4th Marine Regiment
  1964-1964, 0300, RTR, MCRD Parris Island/3rd Recruit Training Bn
  1964-1965, 0351, 1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)/ITS Camp Lejeune NC
  1965-1967, 0351, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/D Co
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1964, Boot Camp - Parris Island, 3751
 Combat and Operations History
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967 VSM Streamer
  1967-1967 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967 VSM Streamer/Operation Beacon Star
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign 1 July 1966 to 31 May 1967 VSM Streamer/Operation Prairie IV
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Comments/Citation
Silver Star Medal

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Ralph H. Watington, Jr., United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against North Vietnamese Army forces while serving as Rocket Gunner with Company D, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, during Operation PRAIRIE IV in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 8 May 1967.

At 0245 the combat outpost at Con Thien was attacked by a numerically superior Vietnamese Army force. The intense mortar attack was followed immediately by the enemy assault of infantry armed with automatic weapons, satchel charges, rockets and flamethrowers. From his position on the First Platoon lines, Corporal Watington was called to deliver fire onto an enemy 60-mm. mortar position with his rocket launcher. Responding instantly, he leaped from his covered position in the trench line and without regard for his own safety, climbed up on the tank which was forward of the lines.

The first round he fired at the mortar position was long, and so he returned to the trenches to collect more ammunition. Once again he braved the vicious automatic weapons fire and the hail of grenades and satchel charges to mount the tank. Standing up in order to locate more accurately the mortar position, he fired again, this time silencing it. He was mortally wounded as he began to move back off the tank. His calm manner and fearless devotion to duty were an inspiration to all who observed him.

Corporal Watington's courageous actions were instrumental in easing the ferocity of the attack on his side of the perimeter, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

He gallantly gave his life for his country.

   
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