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1LT Ronald Walsh McLean

1LT Ronald Walsh McLean

Birth
Death 8 Jun 1969 (aged 24)
Vietnam
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Wee Kirk Churchyard, #8
Memorial ID 9171 · View Source
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Son of Gloria Hatrick Stewart, and stepson of legendary actor Jimmy Stewart. He was killed in action in Vietnam.
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SILVER STAR CITATION:
Silver Star Citation -
Silver Star Awarded posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to First Lieutenant Ronald W. McLean (MCSN: 0-105587), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Company A, Third Reconnaissance Battalion, THIRD Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 8 June 1969, First Lieutenant McLean's six-man reconnaissance team was patrolling eleven miles northwest of the Vandegrift Combat Base in Quang Tri Province when it became heavily engaged with an enemy force. Realizing the Marines needed a more tenable position, First Lieutenant McLean unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hostile rounds impacting around him and fired his M-79 grenade launcher into the midst of the enemy, killing two hostile soldiers and enabling his team to maneuver to a more defensible position. After the dead soldiers had been searched and the team had retrieved documents of intelligence value, the Marines were attacked by a platoon-sized hostile force. Reacting immediately, First Lieutenant McLean fired his grenade launcher at the enemy and killed five more hostile solders. Observing one of his men fall wounded, he boldly ignored the hostile rounds directed at him to give medical assistance to his comrade. As he was rendering first aid to the injured man, he alertly observed a hostile soldier preparing to fire on their position. Completely disregarding his own safety, he shoved his companion down and was mortally wounded by the enemy fire. His bold initiative and heroic efforts inspired all who observed him and accounted for eight enemy soldiers killed. By his courage, aggressive leadership and steadfast devotion to duty, First Lieutenant McLean upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the service of his country. Action Date: June 8, 1969 Service: Marine Corps Rank: First Lieutenant Company: Company A Battalion: 3d Reconnaissance Battalion Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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  • Added: 20 Apr 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9171
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Ronald Walsh McLean (19 Jun 1944–8 Jun 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9171, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale), Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .