Dewlen, Michael L, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
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0802-Field Artillery Officer
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1968-1968, 0800, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Casualty Date
Jun 11, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Llano Cemetery - Amarillo, Texas
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21E Line 087

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1966, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), XXX
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)1st Bn, 12th Marine Regiment (1/12)12th Marine Regiment3rd Marine Division, III MEF
  1966-1967, 0801, Artillery Officer Orientation Course (AOOC) - Quantico, VA
  1968-1968, 0800, 1st Bn, 12th Marine Regiment (1/12)
  1968-1968, 0801, 12th Marine Regiment
  1968-1968, 0800, 3rd Marine Division, III MEF
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1963-1973 Vietnam War
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Scotland II
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended
Texas A&M University
  1962-1966, Texas A&M University
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Last Known Activity

Insertion chopper exploed and burned and none  of the Recon tema members remains were recovered.

Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant Michael Lee Dewlen (MCSN: 0-102756), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Fire Direction Officer of Battery C, First Battalion, Twelfth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. In the early morning hours of 11 June 1968, Battery C was occupying a defensive position near Khe Sanh when the Marines suddenly came under a heavy volume of mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire supporting an aggressive assault by a company size North Vietnamese Army force. Upon learning that the enemy unit had penetrated his battery's perimeter, Second Lieutenant Dewlen unhesitatingly left his position of relative safety and rapidly assembled several Marines to assist him in blocking the enemy's advance. Fearlessly maneuvering his small group of men across the fire-swept terrain in an aggressive and determined counterattack against the advancing hostile soldiers, he repeatedly exposed himself to enemy rounds and explosive devices impacting near him while he directed devastating fire against the hostile force. Despite the intense enemy fire now concentrated on his small unit, Second Lieutenant Dewlen continued to skillfully lead his men in fierce close combat until he was mortally wounded. His timely actions and aggressive fighting spirit were instrumental in accounting for twenty-eight enemy killed and enabled his unit to organize a counterattack which forced the North Vietnamese soldiers to withdraw. By his courage, superior leadership and steadfast devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Dewlen minimized the effectiveness of the hostile attack and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Action Date: 11-Jun-68

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Battery C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 12th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
e TORCH was established in early June 1968 by the 1/4 Marines as part of Operation SCOTLAND II, aimed at discouraging the 88th and 102nd NVA Regiments then operating south and southeast of Khe Sanh. LZ TORCH was located about 14kn SSE of Khe Sanh and was promptly occupied by C Btry, 1/12 Marines, with Alpha 1/4 and Delta 1/3 in place as an infantry force. LZ TORCH was attacked by the NVA within a day or two of its establishment. The 1/4 Marines' Command Chronology for June 1968 contains the following description of the attack: "On 11 June, at approximately 0215H, an estimated company of NVA attacked LZ TORCH, using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades, satchel charges, and ChCom grenades. Assault was oriented toward "C" Btry 1/12 and "A" Company 1/4. Repelled assault with small arms, automatic weapons, M-26 grenades, M-70, 60 and 81 mm mortars, and arty, both direct and indirect fire. A flare ship provided illumination. Friendly casualties resulting from the action: "C" Btry - 4 KIA/17 WIA; Co "A" - 10 KIA/5 WIA; Co "D" 1/3 - 1 WIA.
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