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PFC Oscar Palmer Austin

PFC Oscar Palmer Austin

Birth
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County, Texas, USA
Death 23 Feb 1969 (aged 21)
Quang Nam, Vietnam
Burial Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Plot Section 44, Block 42, Lot 2, Space 11
Memorial ID 9746 · View Source
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Vietnam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served during the War in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps as a Private First Class in Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, (Rein), FMF. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery west of Da Nang in Republic of Vietnam on February 23, 1969. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an assistant machine gunner with Company E, in connection with operations against enemy forces. During the early morning hours Pfc. Austin's observation post was subjected to a fierce ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force supported by a heavy volume of hand grenades, satchel charges, and small arms fire. Observing that 1 of his wounded companions had fallen unconscious in a position dangerously exposed to the hostile fire, Pfc. Austin unhesitatingly left the relative security of his fighting hole and, with complete disregard for his safety, raced across the fire-swept terrain to assist the marine to a covered location. As he neared the casualty, he observed an enemy grenade land nearby and, reacting instantly, leaped between the injured marine and the lethal object, absorbing the effects of its detonation. As he ignored his painful injuries and turned to examine the wounded man, he saw a North Vietnamese Army soldier aiming a weapon at his unconscious companion. With full knowledge of the probable consequences and thinking only to protect the marine, Pfc. Austin resolutely threw himself between the casualty and the hostile soldier, and, in doing, was mortally wounded. Pfc. Austin's indomitable courage, inspiring initiative and selfless devotion to duty upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country". His Medal was posthumously awarded by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew to his family at the White House on April 20, 1970.

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  • Added: 3 Jun 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9746
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Oscar Palmer Austin (15 Jan 1948–23 Feb 1969), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9746, citing Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .