Bratback, Earl Bennett, Cpl

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1951-1951, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
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1947 - 1951



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Apr 25, 1951
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Korea, North
Korean War
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Mountain View Memorial Park - Lakewood, Washington
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  1951, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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Infantry Training School(s) WestShips At Sea1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment  (1/1), 1st Marine Regiment
  1950-1950, 0311, 1st Infantry Training Bn, 2nd Infantry Training Regiment (Cadre)
  1950-1950, 0331, USNS General E T Collins (AP-147)
  1951-1951, 0311, A Co, 1st Bn, 1st Marine Regiment (1/1)
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  1951-1951 Korean War/CCF Spring Offensive (1951)
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Navy Cross 

Awarded for actions during the Korean War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Earl Bennett Bratback, United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United Nations while serving as Leader of a Rifle Squad in Company A, First Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in the Republic of Korea on 25 April 1951.

Although the point unit was subjected to fierce hostile automatic-weapons, hand-grenade and small-arms fire from a large bunker directly to the front, and pinned down by flanking fire from high ground during the platoon attack against a strongly defended enemy ridge line, Corporal Bratback bravely refused to seek cover and, realizing that the elimination of the bunker was imperative before the men could move in any direction, carried out a daring assault on the hostile strongpoint.

Despite intense enemy fire, he boldly ran across the open ground to within a few feet of his objective and, skillfully throwing a hand grenade into the aperture of the bunker, completely neutralized the position before he was struck by a burst of hostile fire and mortally wounded.

By his aggressive fighting spirit and initiative, he served to inspire all who observed him and contributed directly to the security of his platoon. His outstanding courage, resolute leadership and unswerving devotion to duty reflect the highest credit upon Corporal Bratback and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards: Serial 230 (April 3, 1952)
Action Date: April 25, 1951
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Company: Company A
Battalion: 1st Battalion
Regiment: 1st Marines Division: 1st Marine
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