Gorton, Ralph Shoup, III, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1967-1968, 0301, D Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
Service Years
1966 - 1968
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Second Lieutenant


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Casualty Date
May 27, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Terrace Lawn Memorial Gardens - Boise, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates
65W 008

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), OCS
  1966, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), TBS
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3), 3rd Marine Regiment
  1967-1968, 0301, D Co, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Kentucky
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Jeb Stuart
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Napoleon / Saline
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Scotland II
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Silver Star Citation

"The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Ralph S. Gorton, III (0-103511), Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicious gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on December 28, 1967 - May 27, 1968. Throughout this period, Second Lieutenant GORTON displayed exceptional professionalism and leadership in the performance of his duties. Initially assigned as Weapons Platoon Commander, he accomplished all assigned tasks in a highly competent manner. Reassigned as a Rifle Platoon Commander on 27 January 1968 he ably led his men during five major combat operations, including Operations Kentucky, Jeb Stuart and Napoleon 1 and Saline. On 7 March 1968, during an attack against a heavily fortified village, Second Lieutenant GORTON aggressivly maneuvered his unit and in the face of intense enemy fire and, overcoming determined enemy resistance, was instrumental in seizing the objective. During a subsequent operation on 5 May, when elements of his company became engaged with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army Force. Second Liuetenant GORTON was assigned the mission of reinforcing his unit's left flank position. Unhesitatingly moving to the point of heavist contact, he skillfully maneuvered his platoon into position and, although the hostile force launched a fierce counterattack, repeatedly disregarded his own safety as he exposed himself to enemy fire in order to observe and identify hostile positions for his men. Under his aggressive leadership, his platoon inflicted numerous casualties on the enemy and contributed immeasurably to the success of the operation. When his unit became pinned down by intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire during an assualt on the village of Phu Con on 27 May, Second Lieutenant GORTON unhesitantly moved from one position to another, encouraging his men and directing their fire. As he was maneuvering across the fire-swept terrain to deploy his point squad, he was killed by the enemy fire. By his courage, aggressive fighting spirit and unwavering devotion to duty throughout, Second Lieutenant GORTON upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Sarvice. He gallantly gave his life country."

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