Rash, Donald Ray, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1967-1968, 0311, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
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1967 - 1968

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Mar 30, 1968
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Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
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Woodlawn Cemetery - Bluewell, West Virginia
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1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
  1967-1968, 0311, 1st Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (1/26)
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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Private First Class Donald Ray Rash (MCSN: 2230103), United States Marine Corps Reserve, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a rifleman with Company B, First Battalion, Twenty-sixth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 30 March 1968, while conducting a reconnaissance in force near the Khe Sanh Combat Base, Company B suddenly came under a heavy volume of small-arms fire from a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions. Although the majority of the hostile fire was directed at his squad, pinning down his companions, Private Rash disregarded his own safety as he unhesitatingly left a covered position and launched a determined assault against the enemy emplacements. Ignoring the hostile rounds impacting near him, he fearlessly advanced across the fire-swept terrain, boldly throwing hand grenades and delivering a heavy volume of rifle fire upon the enemy force. Although continuously exposed to the intense hostile fire, he resolutely continued his vicious attack until he had destroyed five enemy positions and killed numerous North Vietnamese soldiers. When his company was subsequently ordered to withdraw while under accurate enemy mortar fire, he steadfastly remained behind, and as he delivered suppressive fire to cover the evacuation of casualties he was mortally wounded. His bold initiative and resolute determination inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in his company accounting for 115 North Vietnamese soldiers confirmed killed. By his courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and selfless devotion to duty, Private Rash contributed immeasurably to the accomplishments of his unit's mission and sustained and enhanced the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

General Orders: Authority: Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals

Action Date: March 30, 1968

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Private First Class

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 26th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.) FMF
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