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SSGT Curtis Franklin Baggett

SSGT Curtis Franklin Baggett

Birth
Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Death 6 Feb 1968 (aged 31)
Tam Kỳ, Quang Nam, Vietnam
Burial Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Lot # 311, Plot # 1
Memorial ID 17229990 · View Source
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US Marine SSG Curtis Franklin Baggett, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Raleigh, NC.

US Marine SSG Curtis Franklin Baggett was a member of the Marine Corps. SSG Baggett served our country until February 6th, 1968 in Quang Nam, South Vietnam. He was 31 years old and was married. It was reported that Curtis died when a Rocket Round hit him in the chest. His body was recovered. SSG Baggett is on panel 37E, line 047 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 14 years.

Sgt Baggett was an absolutely great guy. I was proud to have served with him. Unfortunately, we were in the wrong place at the wrong time. He, like so many others, are gone, but will never be forgotten. Mike McCrossen, Kilo Co. USMC

Staff Sergeant Curtis Franklin Baggett, Platoon Sergeant Company "K" 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced), was a posthumous recipient of the NAVY CROSS Medal "SEMPER FIDELIS", YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE.

CITATION FOR AWARD OF THE NAVY CROSS TO STAFF SERGEANT CURTIS FRANKLIN BAGGETT.

For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with Company " K ", Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division ( Reinforced ), in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the afternoon of 6 February 1968, Staff Sergeant Baggett's platoon was attached to Company " G ", Second Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division ( Reinforced ), which was heavily engaged with a numerically superior North Vietnamese Army Force occupying fortified positions in the village of Phong Luc (1) in Quang Nam Province.

As his unit assaulted the enemy, the Marines came under intense automatic weapons, mortar, and B-40 rocket fire. Although armed with only a .45 caliber pistol, Staff Sergeant Baggett quickly rallied his men and led them in a determined assault against the hostile emplacements, overunning one position and seizing a light machine gun after annihilating two enemy soldiers. Ignoring the hostile fire around him, he unhesitatingly led his men in assaulting the enemy, who were firing from positions in a nearby tree line, utilizing the confiscated machine gun to deliver effective fire as he advanced.

Observing that the enemy was located in a well prepared trench line,he disregarded his own safety and courageously maneuvered to a position approximately five meters from the rear of the North Vietnamese emplacements. He exposed himself to enemy hand grenades and .50 caliber machine - gun fire in order to bring effective fire to bear on the entrenched enemy. Subsequently moving to a partially destroyed Vietnamese hut, he delivered a heavy volume of fire against the enemy and repeatedly maneuvered into the fire - swept area to pinpoint the source of enemy fire and direct the actions of his men. Disregarding his personal safety, he steadfastly maintained his vulnerable position until he was killed by a North Vietnamese B-40 rocket round.

By his intrepid fighting spirit, superior leadership, and unwavering devotion to duty at the risk of his own life, Staff Sergeant Baggett inspired all those who observed him, contributed significantly to the defeat of the enemy, 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. Clay Marston.

I just recently found more Marines from our platoon. I had lost touch for 35 years. Emails and pictures have helped restore some names. SSgt Baggett was part of our group. I served with Kilo 3/5/1, 2nd Plt, Mattawana, Pennsylvania, 17054, Park Myers.

He was the son of the late Edward & Annie Baggett, brother of Mr and Mrs Julius E Baggett, PO Box 683, Lenoir, NC.

He served with Kilo Company, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, 3rd Marine Amphibious Forces.

He was awarded The Navy Cross for Heroism, The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, the Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal with Three Devices.


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  • Created by: Tom Reece
  • Added: 31 Dec 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17229990
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Curtis Franklin Baggett (10 May 1936–6 Feb 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17229990, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, USA ; Maintained by Tom Reece (contributor 46857744) .