Corbett, Leroy, Col

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1968-1969, 0302, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by SgtMaj James A. Butler (SharpBlade 10)-Deceased to remember Marine Col Leroy Corbett.

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Leroy V. Corbett (MCSN: 0-34213), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as Commanding Officer of Company I, Third Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 15 September 1951. When two of his men were wounded by enemy fire on the crest of a ridge while he was leading one of his platoons on a reconnaissance patrol well in advance of friendly lines, Captain Corbett bravely moved across the fire-swept terrain and successfully deployed his unit to avoid further casualties. Directing his men into fresh positions, he personally covered their movements with a steady stream of fire from his carbine. In a daring attempt to pin down the hostile force, he seized an automatic rifle, stood up amid a hail of enemy fire and delivered a devastating volume of counterfire which inflicted severe casualties on the hostile troops, enabling his men to move over the ridge to positions of safety. By his exceptional courage, outstanding leadership and aggressive fighting spirit, Captain Corbett served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: September 15, 1951
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Sea Indoctrination Course, Portsmouth VA1st Provisional Marine Brigade, III MEFOfficer Candidate School (Cadre)RS Raleigh, NC
I Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (3/1)3rd Marine Division, III MEF5th Marine Regiment2nd Marine Regiment
US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)
  1939-1940, 0311, Sea Indoctrination Course, Portsmouth VA
  1941-1942, 0311, 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, III MEF
  1944-1944, 0301, Officer Candidate School (Cadre)
  1945-1947, 0302, RS Raleigh, NC
  1950-1951, 0302, I Co, 3rd Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (3/1)
  1955-1956, 0302, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF
  1960-1963, 0302, 5th Marine Regiment
  1967-1968, 0302, 2nd Marine Regiment
  1968-1969, 0302, US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV)
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