Reid, John Michael, Cpl

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1967-1967, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
Service Years
1966 - 1967



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New Jersey
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Casualty Date
May 10, 1967
Hostile, Died
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Nam
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beaver Cage
Location of Interment
Saint Mary's Cemetery - Bellmawr, New Jersey
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 19E line 085

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialNew Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1967, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  1967, New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1967-1967, 0311, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beaver Cage
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Last Known Activity
CPL Michael John REID was assigned to C/1/3 as a Squad Leader. On May 10,1967 while on Operation Beaver Cage, Cpl Ried was leading his Squad to assist B/1/3 who had been AMBUSHED by NVA and was requesting HELP. As his platoon was responding through a open rice paddy, THEY were AMBUSHED too. CPL REID was KIA along with 6 other Marines from C/1/3 and numerous WIA's. For his actions, CPL Reid was AWARDED the NAVY CROSS Posthumously.
Cpl REID, I don't remember to much, but was told of his HEROICS by my old Capt Jerry RECZEK. Cpl Reid is on the WALL on Panel 019East, Row 085. Rest in Peace.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, 9th Amphibious Brigade, III Marine Amphibious Force
Date of Action: May 10, 1967
The Navy Cross is presented to John Michael Reid, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Rifle Squad Leader while serving with Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1/3 in the Republic of Vietnam on 10 May 1967. While participating in Operation Beaver Cage, Corporal Reid's platoon became heavily engaged in combat with a Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troop unit and was receiving casualties from enemy automatic weapons, small arms and mortar fire. One machine gun team was placed completely out of action by enemy mortars. Seeing that enemy fire had his platoon pinned down in exposed positions, he unhesitatingly moved across open ground to the machine gun, seized it and advanced another 20 to 30 meters. Being forced down several times during this maneuver, he reached his new position and delivered a heavy volume of accurate fire on the enemy positions, temporarily halting their fire, which allowed six other members of his squad to gain a covered position. Corporal Reid continued firing the machine gun from the exposed position in the rice paddy to thwart the advance of enemy troops attempting to overrun his platoon and endanger the Company's flank. While in his exposed position, Corporal Reid was wounded in the leg by rifle fire and as he moved forward to gain cover, he was hit again and mortally wounded. By his daring action and devotion to duty, Corporal Reid gave his life to save those of his fellow Marines, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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