Prichard, John Lee, Capt

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0302-Infantry Officer
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1967-1968, 0302, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)/I Co
Service Years
1961 - 1968



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Last Address
Oklahoma City

Casualty Date
Feb 27, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
35E 049

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1961, US Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
 Unit Assignments
4th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1967-1968, 0302, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)/I Co
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1961-1966, United States Naval Academy
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The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain John Lee Prichard (MCSN: 0-81650), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Commanding Officer of Company I, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 27 January 1968. While leading his company on a search and clear operation in Quang Tri Province, Captain Prichard's company came under a heavy volume of automatic weapons and small-arms fire from an estimated reinforced battalion of well-concealed North Vietnamese Army forces. Because of the proximity of his unit to the enemy, he was unable to use supporting arms. Realizing the necessity of gaining fire superiority, he immediately launched an aggressive assault against the enemy emplacements until the lead elements of the company were pinned down by the intense hostile fire, sustaining several casualties. Quickly assessing the situation, he determined that he would have to continue his attack in order to overrun the enemy positions and safely evacuate his unit's casualties. Unhesitatingly, he left the relative safety of his position and maneuvered to the forward point of contact in order to direct his men and regain the momentum of the assault. With complete disregard for his own safety, he moved across the fire-swept terrain firing his rifle and throwing hand grenades until he was mortally wounded. By his bold initiative, gallant fighting spirit and superior leadership, Captain Prichard inspired his men to successfully continue their attack and defeat a numerically superior enemy force, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Captain John Lee Prichard (MCSN: 0-81650), United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as Commanding Officer of Company I, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, on 31 December 1967. While leading his company on a patrol in Quang Tri Province near the Demilitarized Zone, Captain Prichard, observing a small group of North Vietnamese Army soldiers, quickly deployed his men and directed their fire against the enemy. Almost immediately, the Marines came under intense small arms, automatic weapons and mortar fire from a company-size enemy force, well entrenched in a hedgerow. Quickly assessing the situation, Captain Prichard displayed exceptional leadership and tactical ability as he skillfully maneuvered his men into a well integrated defensive perimeter and supervised their fire against the hostile positions. Completely disregarding his own safety, he exposed himself to enemy fire as he continually moved among his men to encourage them and ensure maximum firepower was being delivered against the North Vietnamese. When informed of the location of enemy mortar sites, Captain Prichard resourcefully utilized the aerial observer to adjust counter-mortar fire that destroyed one hostile mortar position and silenced the remainder. After the aerial observer was clear of the enemy positions, friendly artillery fire was called in and accurately adjusted against the North Vietnamese Army force. Observing a Marine seriously wounded forward of the perimeter and exposed to continuing hostile fire, Captain Prichard, ignoring the danger to his own life, unhesitatingly left his relatively safe position and courageously moved to the side of the injured Marine. With the aid of a companion, and despite the heavy volume of enemy fire, he carried the wounded Marine to a covered position within the perimeter where first aid was immediately administered. He then called for and accurately directed the attacks of armed UHY-1E helicopters against the North Vietnamese positions and requested a medical evacuation helicopter. After establishing an emergency landing zone, he directed elements of his company in obtaining fire superiority that allowed the aircraft to land and evacuate the injured. Due largely to his sound, tactical judgment and composure under fire, he was instrumental in defeating the enemy force, resulting in twenty-seven North Vietnamese Soldiers confirmed killed and five probable killed while sustaining only four friendly casualties who were safely evacuated. Captain Prichard's superior leadership, courage and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk inspired all who observed him, contributed materially to the accomplishment of the unit's mission and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. (Captain Prichard is authorized to wear the Combat "V".)

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