Howell, Gatlin Jerryl, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0312-Riverine Assault Craft Crewman
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 0312, B Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
Service Years
1954 - 1967
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First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1935
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Colma
Last Address
Colma

Casualty Date
Jul 07, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Location
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
San Francisco National Cemetery - San Francisco, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
23E 028

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1953, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA)
  1965, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), B/1
  1966, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), D/3
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine RegimentMarForRes1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
  1954-1955, 0311, 3rd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (3/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1955-1957, 0311, E Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
  1957-1957, 0311, 14th Rifle Company
  1966-1966, 0312, B Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
  1966-1967, 0312, B Co, 1st Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (1/9)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Suwannee
  1967-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation County Fair 1-25
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Deckhouse V / Song Than
 Colleges Attended
San Francisco State University
  1959-1963, San Francisco State University
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
HOWELL, GATLIN JERRYL First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF Date of Action: July 2 - 7, 1967 Citation: The Navy Cross is presented to Gatlin Jerryl Howell, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Intelligence Officer, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in the Republic of Vietnam from 2 to 7 July 1967. While manning the command bunker at Con Thien on 2 July, First Lieutenant Howell was closely monitoring the progress of Company B, First Battalion, as it became heavily engaged with an estimated two battalions of North Vietnamese Army Regulars near the Demilitarized Zone. When the unit suffered heavy casualties and was in danger of being overrun, he volunteered to lead a relief force to rescue the beleaguered Marines. Displaying exceptional leadership and tactical skill during his advance, he fearlessly exposed himself to enemy mortar and small-arms fire as he kept the relief column intact, pointing out directions of fire for the tanks and providing effective flank security as he moved rapidly to Company B's position. Immediately evaluating the situation when he arrived in the battle area, he established a defensive perimeter and moved to rescue the forward elements of the besieged company. As he searched for the wounded, he observed two men in a hole fifteen meters beyond the friendly lines. With complete disregard for his own safety, First Lieutenant Howell ran through heavy small-arms fire to treat the men and carry them to the safety of the perimeter. When his right flank was threatened by a North Vietnamese squad, he directed heavy fire against the assaulting force, undoubtedly saving the lives of at least three injured Marines caught between the enemy and the friendly lines. Subject to intense enemy mortar and artillery fire and road mines that disabled two tanks, he moved the casualties to the landing zone. After ensuring that the casualty evaluation process was well under way, he refused medical treatment for himself and instead returned to the forward area to determine that all of the wounded had been moved. During a rocket attack on 7 July at Con Thien, First Lieutenant Howell was killed in action. By his intrepid fighting spirit, daring initiative, and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, First Lieutenant Howell was instrumental in saving many of his fellow Marines from capture, injury or possible death, and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service He gallantly gave his life for his country. Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals Home Town: Colma, California
   
Comments/Citation
Served from 1953 - 1956, thn from 1965 - 1967

Serial Number: 093190
   
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