Planchon, Randall Theodore, II, Cpl

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1967-1968, 0311, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)/M Co
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1966 - 1968



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This Military Service Page was created/owned by HM2 Charles Pickard (Doc Pickard) to remember Marine Cpl Randall Theodore Planchon, II.

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Home Town
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Long Beach, California

Casualty Date
Jun 15, 1968
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Other Explosive Device
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Fairhaven Memorial Park - Santa Ana, California
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4th Marine Regiment/3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)
  1967-1968, 0311, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4)/M Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Battle of Khe Sanh
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Cpl Planchon was WIA in the early moments of a NVA attack, 15 June 11968 on Mike Co.'s postion. Two Corpsmen were trying to carry Cpl Planchon up a steep hill to the LZ for evac.

I spotted their struggle and slid down the hill to help them out, when out of the brush came a Chi-Com grenade flying toward all of us. The Chi-Com landed at the bottom of Cpl Planchon's feet and exploded. All three corpsmen covered Cpl Planchon's body, and all were hit with metal from the blast.The bulk of the damage was done to Cpl Planchon's feet. Hm3 Ballard performed mouth to mouth, and I performed closed heart massage for a long period of time. This was to no avail, as he died on the side of the hill.
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 Corporal Randall Theodore Planchon, II, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving a Squad Leader with Company M, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, THIRD Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.

On 16 May 1968, while Company M was conducting a tactical movement from the Khe Sanh Combat Base to Hill 689 in Quang Tri Province, Corporal Planchon's squad came under a heavy volume of mortar, small arms and automatic weapons fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force occupying fortified positions and sustained several casualties. Reacting instantly, Corporal Planchon fearlessly maneuvered to three of his wounded men and evacuated them across the fire-swept terrain to a position of relative safety.

While informing his platoon commander of the seriousness of the situation, he directed suppressive machine gun and antitank rocket fire and skillfully adjusted mortar fire upon the enemy emplacements. Disregarding his own safety, he unhesitatingly moved casualties through the intense hostile fire to a covered position on the top of a steep hill. As he was returning to his squad, the explosion of an enemy hand grenade violently knocked him to the ground. Undaunted, he quickly recovered and, shouting words of encouragement to his men, directed their fire against the hostile force while assisting in evacuating the wounded to a casualty collection area.

Subsequently assuming the duties of his mortally wounded platoon sergeant, Corporal Planchon ignored the enemy rounds impacting near him while maneuvering about the hazardous area, organizing the evacuation of injured Marines, strengthening his platoon's defensive perimeter and adjusting mortar fire upon the North Vietnamese soldiers. His bold initiative and resolute determination inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of numerous Marines.

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

Action Date: 16-May-68
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Company: Company M
Battalion: 3d Battalion
Regiment: 4th Marines
Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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