Neuss, William Henry, Capt

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0302-Infantry Officer
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1967-1967, 0302, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
Service Years
1963 - 1967



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Home Town
Yaphank, NY
Last Address
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Yaphank, NY 11980

Casualty Date
Oct 11, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery - Coram, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
27E 091/ Sec 10, R 8A

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3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1967-1967, 0302, 3rd Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)
  1967-1967, 0302, 1st Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (1/3)/C Co
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  1967-1967 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Siege of Con Thien
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)/Operation Medina
  1967-1968 Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)1
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  1961-1964, Saint Mary's College of Maryland
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  Captain William Neuss is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery , Coram, New York
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  Captain William Neuss is Honored on The Longwood High School Veterans Honor Roll
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Died 11Oct67 vicinity Quang Tri Province (01) Republic of Vietnam result gunshot round thru and thru head from hostile rifle fire during operation against hostile forces.

UTM grid reference is YD373437

CAPTAIN WILLIAM HENRY NEUSS was assigned to C/1/3 as the "XO" when he was KIA on October 11th, 1967 on Operation MEDINA. 1stLT Neuss(at the time, in the process of being Promoted to Captain), was in the CP Group when a portion of the Company Lines were OVER-RAN by the NVA. The NVA moved a Machinegun to the top of the Hill, and fired numerous times alternately at the Mortars Guys and the Company CP Group. 1stLT Neuss was Leading at the CP Group after the Captain was WIA, when he was KIA. Per Kevin Brooks(2ndLT Arty FO at the time), 1stLT Neuss was Promoted to Captain-Posthumously, and was Awarded the SILVER STAR-Posthumously for his Actions that morning. Ron Lawrence(former C/1/3 Marine) said 1stLT Neuss had come in country(Vietnam) in May 1967 with him, was the Company "XO", and was Tall. C/1/3 sustained a total of 7-KIA's and 18-WIA's that morning WE were Over-Ran. It was a TUFF day, and one None of US that were there will ever Forget! Despite being already wounded Lt Neuss attacked a 30 caliber machine gun position with his pistol to protect his men.

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Tour began 5/15/67



Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain [then First Lieutenant] William Henry Neuss (MCSN: 0-92447), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Executive Officer of Company C, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam on 11 October 1967. When a large force of North Vietnamese Regulars broke through a portion of his company perimeter, Captain Neuss quickly organized a reaction force from within the company command party to counterattack and reestablish the original line of defense. The enemy force had reached a sector of high ground and was bringing heavy machine gun and automatic weapons fire to bear on the company command post. Captain Neuss was wounded in the hand in the initial burst, but with complete disregard for his own safety and his painful wound, he boldly charged toward the enemy force, firing his pistol and leading his small reaction force, until fatally wounded by enemy machine gun fire. As a result of his decisive leadership the enemy was halted and soon pushed out of the perimeter. By his daring actions and loyal devotion to duty in the face of great personal risk, Captain Neuss 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: October 11, 1967

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 3d Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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