Dorris, Claude Hesson, SSgt

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Staff Sergeant
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1967-1968, 0311, CAP Hotel 6, III MAF/3rd CAG (Combined Action Group)
Service Years
1956 - 1968

Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Date
Jan 07, 1968
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Thua Thien (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Zachary Taylor National Cemetery - Louisville, Kentucky
Wall/Plot Coordinates
33E 066/Plot Section C Site 1176

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Vietnam Combined Action Platoon (CAP)

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialKentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]2
  2017, Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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Rifle Expert

 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)III MAF/3rd CAG (Combined Action Group)
  1959-1960, 0311, 5th Marine Regiment
  1961-1961, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1966-1966, 0311, Lima Co, 3rd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (3/3)
  1967-1968, 0311, CAP Hotel 6, III MAF/3rd CAG (Combined Action Group)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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Last Known Activity
UTM grid reference is ZD145005
Service number 1547450
Tour start date 04/28/1967

Navy Cross
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Claude Hesson Dorris (MCSN: 1547450), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as the Marine Squad Leader/Advisor of Combined Action Platoon H-6, Third Combined Action Group, III Marine Amphibious Force, in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 7 January 1968, Sergeant Dorris' platoon was defending an outpost in Nuoc Ngot Village, Thua Thien Province. Suddenly, the compound came under a heavy volume of mortar and rocket fire, followed by an aggressive assault by a numerically superior Viet Cong force. The enemy quickly seized the northern wall of the compound as the Marines and Popular Forces soldiers moved to the sandbagged southern wall. Realizing that several Marines had been in their living quarters when the attack commenced, Sergeant Dorris unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hostile fire to ensure that the Marines were manning their fighting positions. Although painfully wounded in both legs soon after the attack commenced, he resolutely crawled from one burning hut to another, ensuring that none of his men had been trapped in the structures. Observing a wounded Vietnamese boy run into the compound, Sergeant Dorris skillfully administered first aid to the child. Despite the enemy fire impacting around him, he fearlessly remained in his dangerously exposed position in an attempt to halt the advancing enemy force until he was mortally wounded by an enemy rocket round. His heroic and timely actions inspired his men and prevented the enemy from overrunning the compound. By his courage, bold initiative, and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Dorris upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps, and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: 7-Jan-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Staff Sergeant

Company: Combined Action Platoon Hotel-6

Regiment: 3d Combined Action Group

Division: III Marine Amphibious Force
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