Vivilacqua, Theodore Russell, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0301-Basic Infantry Officer
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1969-1969, 0301, 5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
Service Years
1968 - 1969

Second Lieutenant


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Casualty Info
Home Town
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Last Address
Long Beach

Casualty Date
May 13, 1969
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Quang Nam (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Memorial Park - Columbia, South Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
25W 113

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1968, Officer Candidate School (Quantico, VA), D
  1968, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), TBS
 Unit Assignments
I MEF/1st Marine Division5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
  1969-1969, I MEF/1st Marine Division
  1969-1969, 0301, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)/H Co
  1969-1969, 0301, 5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)/Operation Taylor Common
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1964-1968, United States Naval Academy
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Last Known Activity
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 Second Lieutenant Theodore R. Vivilacqua, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company H, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on May 11, 1969. On that date, during a search and destroy operation in Quang Nam Province, Second Lieutenant Vivilacqua's platoon came under heavy fire from a North Vietnamese Army Force occupying well-concealed, mutually supporting bunkers.

Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant Vivilacqua, ignoring the hostile rounds impacting around him, maneuvered his platoon against the bunkers and, despite the extreme heat and dense tree lines, successfully assaulted and destroyed the fortified positions. As the engagement continued, the platoon accounted for thirteen hostile soldiers killed and captured five AK-47 rifles, sustaining no friendly casualties.

Continuing his determined efforts, Second Lieutenant Vivilacqua, with complete disregard for his own safety, led his men against the hostile survivors. When his platoon's ammunition began to run low, he aggressively pursued the retreating enemy soldiers, firing at them with captured hostile weapons. His bold initiative and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and enabled the company to capture a fortified enemy village.

By his courage, aggressive leadership and steadfast devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Vivilacqua upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 11-May-69
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Second Lieutenant C
ompany: Company H
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 5th Marines
Division: 1st Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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