Newlin, Melvin Earl, PFC

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Last Rank
Private 1st Class
Last Primary MOS
0331-Machine Gunner
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1966-1967, 0331, F Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
Service Years
1966 - 1967

Private 1st Class


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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SSgt Scott MacQuarrie (Mac) to remember Marine PFC Melvin Earl Newlin.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Wellsville, OH

Casualty Date
Jul 04, 1967
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Spring Hill Cemetery - Wellsville, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 23E Line 005/Section 18 Lot 47

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
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  1966, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 3049
 Unit Assignments
1st Infantry Training Regiment2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine RegimentF Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
  1966-1966, 0300, 1st Infantry Training Regiment
  1966-1966, 0331, 2nd Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (2/2), 2nd Marine Regiment
  1966-1967, 0331, F Co, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation New Castle
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Union I / Lien Ket 102
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Union II
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Calhoun
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Last Known Activity
The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a machine gunner attached to the First Platoon, Company F, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division, in the Republic of Vietnam on 3 and 4 July 1967. Private Newlin, with four other marines, was manning a key position on the perimeter of the Nong Son outpost when the enemy launched a savage and well coordinated mortar and infantry assault, seriously wounding him and killing his four comrades. Propping himself against his machine gun, he poured a deadly accurate stream of fire into the charging ranks of the Viet Cong. Though repeatedly hit by small arms fire, he twice repelled enemy attempts to overrun his position. During the third attempt, a grenade explosion wounded him again and knocked him to the ground unconscious. The Viet Cong guerrillas, believing him dead, bypassed him and continued their assault on the main force. Meanwhile, Private Newlin regained consciousness, crawled back to his weapon, and brought it to bear on the rear of the enemy causing havoc and confusion among them. Spotting the enemy attempting to bring a captured 106 recoilless weapon to bear on other marine positions, he shifted his fire, inflicting heavy casualties on the enemy and preventing them from firing the captured weapon. He then shifted his fire back to the primary enemy force, causing the enemy to stop their assault on the marine bunkers and to once again attack his machine gun position. Valiantly fighting off two more enemy assaults, he firmly held his ground until mortally wounded. Private Newlin had single-handedly broken up and disorganized the entire enemy assault force, causing them to lose momentum and delaying them long enough for his fellow marines to organize a defense and beat off their secondary attack. His indomitable courage, fortitude, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Melvin Earl Newlin was born on 27 September 1948, in the Pittsburgh Tri-State town of Wellsville, Ohio. He graduated from Wellsville High School on 6 June 1966.

On 18 July 1966, Newlin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps at Cleveland, Ohio, and was ordered to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, where he received recruit training with the 1st Recruit Training Battalion. Upon graduation in September 1966, he was transferred to Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and underwent infantry training with the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion, 1st Infantry Training Regiment, then completed weapons special training.

In October 1966, he was assigned duty as a machine gunner with Company F, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines, 2nd Marine Division, at Camp Lejeune. He was promoted to private first class on 1 January 1967.

Newlin was transferred to the Republic of Vietnam in March 1967, and joined the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, and participated in numerous operations, including Operations New Castle, Mountain Goat, Union, and Calhoun. While serving as a machine gunner with the 1st Platoon in Quang Nam Province, he was mortally wounded on 4 July 1967.

His medals and decorations include: the Medal of Honor, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Last I knew, the 5th Marines chow hall is named for him.
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