Newton, Leonard Lee, PFC

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Private 1st Class
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1967-1968, 0311, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)/I Co
Service Years
1967 - 1968

Private 1st Class


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Home Town
Stockton, CA
Last Address
2828 De Ovan St.
Stockton, CA 95204

Casualty Date
Jan 19, 1968
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Quang Tri
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Park View Cemetery - Stockton, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Panel 34E Line 080/Section S Site 36

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 Unit Assignments
USMC (United States Marine Corps)III MEF/3rd Marine Division3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)
  1967-1968, 0311, Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF)
  1967-1968, 0311, III MEF/3rd Marine Division
  1967-1968, 0311, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)
  1967-1968, 0311, 3rd Bn, 26th Marine Regiment (3/26)/I Co
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1968 Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
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Last Known Activity
Died 19Jan68 Quang Tri Province (01) Republic of Vietnam result gunshot wounds to the head and body from hostile rifle fire while on patrol.

UTM grid reference is XD769452


Service number 2387353
Tour start date 12/06/1967

COMMANDER IN CHIEF UNITED STATES PACIFIC FLEET The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal posthumously to Private First Class Leonard L. NEWTON United States Marine Corps for service as set forth in the following: CITATION 'For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Machine Gunner with Company I, Third Battalion, Twenty-Sixth Marines, Third Marine Division in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 19 January 1968, Private First NEWTON's platoon engaged a North Vietnamese Army unit which was occupying posi- tions on top of a hill. In the ensuing fire fight, the Marines sustained several casualties and were temporarily pinned down. Unhesitatingly moving to a forward position, Private First Class NEWTON commenced to direct fire against the enemy. Unable to adjust his fire because of the high grass, he repeatedly stood up and fired his weapon from the shoulder. Suppressing the fire from at least three enemy automatic weapons, he enabled his platoon to recover the wounded and maneuver to more advantageous positions. Disre- garding his own safety, he continued to stand in the tall grass and provide covering fire for his companions until he was killed by the hostile fire. By his indomitable courage, aggressive fighting spirit; and selfless devotion to duty, Private First Class NEWTON upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.' For the President ss John J. Hyland JOHN J. HYLAND Admiral, U. S. Navy Commander in Chief U. S. Pacific Fleet

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