Meyer, Ronald William, 2ndLt

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Second Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
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1966-1966, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/C Co
Service Years
1965 - 1966

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Casualty Date
Jun 16, 1966
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tin (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Dubuque Memorial Gardens - Dubuque, Iowa
Wall/Plot Coordinates
08E 053

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1966, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
5th Marine Regiment/1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)
  1966-1966, 1st Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (1/5)/C Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War
  1966-1966 Operation Kansas/Battle of Hill 488
 Colleges Attended
United States Naval Academy
  1961-1965, United States Naval Academy
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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON The President of the United State takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to SECOND LIEUTENANT RONALD W. MEYER UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS for service as set forth in the following CITATION: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action with Company C, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, in the Republic of Vietnam on 16 June 1966. When his platoon was pinned down during a reserve operation in the vicinity of Tam Ky, Second Lieutenant Meyer single-handedly and without regard for his own safety attacked a series of enemy automatic weapon positions with hand grenades. Though continuously exposed to intense and accurate enemy fire, he successfully destroyed one of the enemy positions. Again exposing himself to the enemy, he attempted to maneuver to a location from which to direct supporting arms fire on the other enemy positions. While attempting to direct fire on a fleeing enemy, he exposed himself to an enemy sniper and was mortally wounded. Second Lieutenant Meyer?s supreme sacrifice so inspired the rest of his men that they regained the momentum of the attack, successfully eliminated the enemy resistance, and accomplished the rescue mission saving the lives of thirteen other Marines. By his bold and courageous actions he upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom. For the President, Paul H. Nitze Secretary of the Navy
The battle on 16 June 1966 on Hill 488 (Nui Vu) involved a full battalion of North Vietnamese Army regulars assaulting 18 men of the 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Recon Battalion, led by Staff Sergeant Jimmie Earl Howard. The Recon Marines had established an observation post atop Nui Vu in order to identify and prosecute by remote fire VC/NVA forces operating in the mountains west of Chu Lai. The operation was sufficiently effective to get the NVA commander's attention and sufficiently dangerous for him to commit a fresh battalion to eradicate the Marines. He failed. The NVA assault on Hill 488 began in late afternoon and continued through the night. The beleagued Marines were assisted by Marine and Air Force helicopter and fixed wing air support, but it was sheer courage and determination that permitted the Marines to hold until morning. Charlie 1/5 Marines were airlifted onto the reverse slope of Hill 488 and relieved the Recon Marines. Of the 18 men in the Recon Platoon, 6 died and 12 were wounded. Two men of Charlie 1/5 Marines and one each from VMO-2 and VMO-6 (Marine UH-1 squadrons) died. One Medal of Honor (Staff Sergeant Howard), 4 Navy Crosses, and 13 Silver Stars were awarded.

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