Reasoner, Frank Stanley, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
0302-Infantry Officer
Last MOSGroup
Infantry
Primary Unit
1965-1965, 0302, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1955 - 1965
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First Lieutenant

 
 

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Home State
Idaho
Idaho
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Kelly
Last Address
Kelly

Casualty Date
Jul 12, 1965
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Vietnam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Kellogg, Idaho
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 02E Line 036

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1955, Boot Camp (San Diego, CA), 136
 Unit Assignments
Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)MWSG-37US Naval Academy  Preparatory SchoolMarine Barracks Annapolis, MD
The Basic School3rd Recon Bn3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine Regiment
  1955-1956, 6725, Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC)
  1956-1957, 6725, MWSG-37
  1957-1958, US Naval Academy Preparatory School
  1958-1958, 0311, Marine Barracks Annapolis, MD
  1962-1963, The Basic School
  1963-1965, 0302, 3rd Recon Bn
  1965-1965, 0302, 3rd Bn, 4th Marine Regiment (3/4), 4th Marine Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
 Colleges Attended
United States Military Academy
  1958-1962, United States Military Academy
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Viet Cong ambush Company A of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, led by U.S.M.C. Lt. Frank Reasoner of Kellogg, Idaho. The Marines had been on a sweep of a suspected Viet Cong area to deter any enemy activity aimed at the nearby airbase at Da Nang.
Reasoner and the five-man point team he was accompanying were cut off from the main body of the company. He ordered his men to lay down a base of fire and then, repeatedly exposing himself to enemy fire, killed two Viet Cong, single-handedly wiped out an enemy machine gun emplacement, and raced through enemy fire to rescue his injured radio operator. Trying to rally his men, Reasoner was hit by enemy machine gun fire and was killed instantly. For this action, Reasoner was nominated for America’s highest award for valor. When Navy Secretary Paul H. Nitze presented the Medal of Honor to Reasoner’s widow and son in ceremonies at the Pentagon on January 31, 1967, he spoke of Reasoner’s willingness to die for his men: “Lieutenant Reasoner’s complete disregard for his own welfare will long serve as an inspiring example to others.” Lieutenant Reasoner was the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for action in Vietnam.
 
   
Comments/Citation
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. The reconnaissance patrol led by 1st Lt. Reasoner had deeply penetrated heavily controlled enemy territory when it came under extremely heavy fire from an estimated 50 to 100 Viet Cong insurgents. Accompanying the advance party and the point that consisted of 5 men, he immediately deployed his men for an assault after the Viet Cong had opened fire from numerous concealed positions. Boldly shouting encouragement, and virtually isolated from the main body, he organized a base of fire for an assault on the enemy positions. The slashing fury of the Viet Cong machinegun and automatic weapons fire made it impossible for the main body to move forward. Repeatedly exposing himself to the devastating attack he skillfully provided covering fire, killing at least 2 Viet Cong and effectively silencing an automatic weapons position in a valiant attempt to effect evacuation of a wounded man. As casualties began to mount his radio operator was wounded and 1st Lt. Reasoner immediately moved to his side and tended his wounds. When the radio operator was hit a second time while attempting to reach a covered position, 1st Lt. Reasoner courageously running to his aid through the grazing machinegun fire fell mortally wounded. His indomitable fighting spirit, valiant leadership and unflinching devotion to duty provided the inspiration that was to enable the patrol to complete its mission without further casualties. In the face of almost certain death he gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. His actions upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.
 
   
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