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LCpl James Patrick Achterhoff
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Birth: Jun. 13, 1949
Muskegon County
Michigan, USA
Death: Mar. 18, 1968
Quang Tri, Vietnam

Sources:

LCPL, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam

Silver Star

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal James Patrick Achterhoff (MCSN: 2385864), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Squad Leader with Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, Ninth Marine Amphibious Brigade, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 18 March 1968, during a battalion attack against elements of three North Vietnamese Army battalions in the fortified village of Vinh Quan Thuong in Quang Tri Province, Lance Corporal Achterhoff ignored the heavy volume of enemy small arms, mortar and artillery fire to reach his assault position. Undaunted by the intensity of the hostile fire, he completely disregarded his own safety as he aggressively led his men in an attack against a well-entrenched enemy emplacement, shouting orders and firing as he advanced. When only a few feet from his objective, Lance Corporal Achterhoff fell mortally wounded. Inspired by his leadership and aggressive fighting spirit, his squad overran and destroyed the enemy bunker, killing three North Vietnamese soldiers. By his courage, bold initiative and selfless devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Achterhoff upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Jacob William Achterhoff (1919 - 1965)
  Mary Margaret Abercrombie Achterhoff (1921 - 1988)
 
Inscription:
MICHIGAN
L CPL CO E BLT 2 4 MAR 9 MAB
VIETNAM PH
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Muskegon
Muskegon County
Michigan, USA
Plot: 3-26-18 grave 8
 
Maintained by: Mary Achterhof
Originally Created by: Robert Fowler
Record added: Sep 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 59414838
LCpl James Patrick Achterhoff
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LCpl James Patrick Achterhoff
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