Watington, Ralph Herbert, Jr., Cpl

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1967-1967, 0351, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/D Co
Service Years
1964 - 1967



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New York
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Casualty Date
May 08, 1967
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Long Island National Cemetery - Farmingdale, New York
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 19E Line 068/Section 2C Site 7907

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1964, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC), 3751
 Unit Assignments
RTR, MCRD Parris Island/3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)
  1964-1964, 0300, RTR, MCRD Parris Island/3rd Recruit Training Bn (Cadre)
  1964-1965, 0351, 1st Infantry Training Regiment (1st ITR)/ITS Camp Lejeune NC
  1967-1967, 0351, 1st Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (1/4)/D Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Beacon Star
  1967-1967 Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)/Operation Prairie IV
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Silver Star Medal

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Corporal Ralph H. Watington, Jr., United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against North Vietnamese Army forces while serving as Rocket Gunner with Company D, First Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, during Operation PRAIRIE IV in Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam, on 8 May 1967.

At 0245 the combat outpost at Con Thien was attacked by a numerically superior Vietnamese Army force. The intense mortar attack was followed immediately by the enemy assault of infantry armed with automatic weapons, satchel charges, rockets and flamethrowers. From his position on the First Platoon lines, Corporal Watington was called to deliver fire onto an enemy 60-mm. mortar position with his rocket launcher. Responding instantly, he leaped from his covered position in the trench line and without regard for his own safety, climbed up on the tank which was forward of the lines.

The first round he fired at the mortar position was long, and so he returned to the trenches to collect more ammunition. Once again he braved the vicious automatic weapons fire and the hail of grenades and satchel charges to mount the tank. Standing up in order to locate more accurately the mortar position, he fired again, this time silencing it. He was mortally wounded as he began to move back off the tank. His calm manner and fearless devotion to duty were an inspiration to all who observed him.

Corporal Watington's courageous actions were instrumental in easing the ferocity of the attack on his side of the perimeter, 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.

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