Abshire, Richard Franklin, Sgt

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1967-1968, 0311, G Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
Service Years
1965 - 1968



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Casualty Info
Home Town
Abbeville, LA
Last Address

Casualty Date
May 02, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Saint Mary Magdalen Cemetery and Mausoleum - Abbeville, Louisiana
Wall/Plot Coordinates
53E 044/Plot: Section B-1

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Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]
  2014, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Last Known Activity
UTM grid reference is YD255639

He`s Buried at: Saint Mary Magdalen Cemetery and Mausoleum, Abbeville, Lo. Section B Site 1
Service number 2125809
Tour start date 10/15/1967


Name of Award
Navy Cross

Year Awarded

Details behind Award:
Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Richard Franklin Abshire (MCSN: 2125809), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company G, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam on 2 May 1968. Sergeant Abshire's unit and a sister company were launched on a coordinated attack against a well-entrenched North Vietnamese Army force occupying the village of Dinh To, Quang Tri Province. As the Marines entered the village, they were taken under devastating enemy small arms and automatic weapons fire which inflicted numerous casualties and temporarily halted the lead platoon of each company. Directed to establish a defensive perimeter, Sergeant Abshire immediately deployed his men into advantageous firing positions and commenced directing a heavy volume of accurate fire into the enemy emplacements. As the enemy fire increased in volume and accuracy, it became apparent that the North Vietnamese force was preparing to launch a counterattack. Rapidly obtaining grenades from his fellow Marines, Sergeant Abshire boldly exposed himself to the full fury of the enemy fire and threw several grenades into the enemy's ranks, temporarily halting their assault. Returning to his unit, he moved from position to position, despite intense enemy fire, to pinpoint hostile targets and encourage his men. As their ammunition supply depleted, he ordered his men to withdraw across a river and resolutely provided covering fire, which enabled his men to reach positions of relative safety. After expending his ammunition, he was attempting to rejoin his unit when he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his superior leadership, intrepid fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty, Sergeant Abshire inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States 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: 2-May-68
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Company: Company G
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Regiment: 4th Marines, 9th Amphibious Brigade
Division: III Marine Amphibious Force

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Marine Barracks Naval Weapons Station Yorktown3rd Marine Division2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4), 4th Marine Regiment
  1966-1967, 0311, Marine Barracks Naval Weapons Station Yorktown
  1966-1968, 0311, 3rd Marine Division
  1967-1968, 0311, G Co, 2nd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (2/4)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)/Operation Kentucky / Battle of Dai Do
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Vietnam Tour Dates
  May 29, 2012, General Photos2
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