Culver, Richard O., Maj

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Major
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1970-1972, 0302, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Service Years
1953 - 1978

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California
California
Year of Birth
1936
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Marine Maj Richard O. Culver (Dick).
 
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Last Address
6413 S. Green Ferry Road
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Date of Passing
Feb 24, 2014
 
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In addition to teaching Firearms to the Idaho Law Enforcement community, I am a self-employed writer, and the Sniper Editor of Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Retired Major of Marines Gentleman Adventurer Fancier of: Fine Weaponry Genteel and Gracious Ladies ~and~ Beagle Hounds (not necessarily in that order)
   
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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Richard O. Culver, Jr. (MCSN: 0-75696), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as the Commanding Officer of Company H, Second Battalion, Third Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in the Republic of Vietnam on 21 July 1967. While engaged in a company-size search and destroy mission near the village of Ap Sieu Quan during Operation BEAR CHAIN, Captain Culver had established a defensive perimeter outside the village and had deployed one platoon to search the area when the entire company came under intense small arms and automatic weapons fire form an estimated North Vietnamese Army company firing from entrenched, heavily-fortified positions and sustained several casualties. Reacting immediately, he displayed exceptional courage and leadership as he exposed himself to hostile fire to move forward to a vantage point where he could more advantageously observe the action and direct the fire and movement of his men. He found that the Marines were temporarily pinned down by fire being delivered from a tree line 300 meters distant from his defensive perimeter and from positions within the village. Exhibiting an extensive knowledge of tactics, Captain Culver quickly consolidated his position, established a base of fire to cover the evacuation of the wounded and maneuvered the search platoon back to the perimeter. He then called for gunship, fixed wing and artillery support. Completely disregarding his own safety, he repeatedly moved about the perimeter in the face of heavy North Vietnamese fire to encourage his men, ensure the security of each firing position and direct he fire of the company mortars. When the gunships arrived, Captain Culver accurately directed their fire against hostile positions seventy-five meters from the front elements of his unit. Oblivious to the danger to his own life, he continued to expose himself to North Vietnamese fire to adjust rocket fire on other enemy positions. After the fixed wing aircraft arrived, he skillfully adjusted their runs directly on top of the enemy bunkers and trench lines. When all the aircraft had expended their ordnance and departed, Captain Culver called in heavy artillery and accurately adjusted their fire. Establishing a well-integrated night defensive perimeter, he was able to provide security not only for his company but also for 250 refugees who had fled to the Marines for protection. Leading a coordinated two-platoon attack against the enemy the following morning, he found that the North Vietnamese had been successfully routed and had left five dead, one rifle, several grenades, demolitions and numerous pieces of equipment. By his superior leadership, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty at great personal risk, Captain Culver upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: July 21, 1967

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Captain

Company: Company H

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 3d Marines, 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
   
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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1954, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 291
  1955, Platoon Leaders Class (Quantico, VA), B
  1957, Platoon Leaders Class (Quantico, VA), B
  1958, The Basic School (Quantico, VA), G
 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)1st Force Recon Co, I MEFUS Army Jungle Warfare School, Panama
5th Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)2nd Recon Bn5th Recon Bn
3rd Marine Regiment/2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)1st Infantry Training RegimentNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1956-1956, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1957-1957, 0311, USMCR Rifle and Pistol Team
  1959-1961, 0302, 1st Force Recon Co, I MEF
  1960-1960, 0302, US Army Jungle Warfare School, Panama
  1960-1960, 0302, Army Airborne School, Ft. Benning, GA
  1961-1961, 0302, 2nd Bn, 5th Marine Regiment (2/5)/G Co
  1961-1962, 0302, 2nd Bn, 9th Marine Regiment (2/9)/Golf Co
  1962-1965, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1965-1966, 0302, 2nd Recon Bn/A Co
  1966-1966, 0302, US Army Jungle Warfare School, Panama
  1966-1967, 0302, 5th Recon Bn/A Co
  1967-1968, 0302, 2nd Bn, 3rd Marine Regiment (2/3)/Hotel Co
  1967-1968, 0203, H&S Co/S-2
  1968-1970, 0302, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1970-1970, 0302, 1st Infantry Training Regiment/3rd Bn
  1970-1972, 0302, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
 Colleges Attended
Virginia Military InstituteNaval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
  1954-1958, Virginia Military Institute
  1970-1972, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
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