6/10/65 Shields MOH

Medal Of Honor Recipient

6/10/65 CMA3 Marvin G. Shields, Port Townsend, WA - Dong Xoai NMCB 11

Marvin Glen Shields

Home of Record: Port Townsend, Washington
Date of birth: Saturday, 12/30/1939

Service: Navy (Regular)
Grade at loss: E4
Rank: Construction Mechanic 3rd Class
ID No: 3904693
MOS: CMA Construction Mechanic (Automotive)
LenSvc: Between 3 and 4 years
Unit: TEAM 1104, NMCB-11, MACV

Start Tour: Not recorded
Cas Date: Thursday, 06/10/1965
Age at Loss: 25
Remains: Body recovered
Location: Quang Ngai, South Vietnam
Type: Hostile, died outright
Reason: Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty
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Marvin is buried at:
Gardiner Cemetery
Gardiner Cemetery Rd.
Gardiner, Jefferson Co, WA. 98382

DCR Report on Team 1104 Dong Xoai:

June 9,65 At approximately 2345 hours the first mortar round impacted in the Special Forces Camp at Dong Xoai, the start of an intensive assault which resulted ultimately in overrunning the camp, wounding 7 members of Team 1104 and the death of SWF2 William C. HOOVER and CMA3 Marvin G. SHIELDS.
June 10,65 Six members of Team 1104 air-evacuated from Dong Xoai, including CM3 Marvin G. SHIELDS who died during the flight to Saigon.

June 11,65 OIC and AOIC Team 1104 air-evacuated from. Dong Xoai after nearly 30 hours of individual evasive action in an active battle area.

June 12,65 Body of SWF2 William C. HOOVER, Team 1104, recovered from Dong Xosi. After action casualty reports showed 3 USASF, 2 Seabees and 43 Vietnamese killed in action, 8 USASF, 7 Seabees and 22 Vietnamese wounded in action, 124 Vietnamese Civilian Irregular Defense Group soldiers missing. It was estimated that over 700 Viet Cong were killed by the ground and air strikes. 126 Viet Cong bodies were found inside the compounds.

"The Battle Dong Xoai" Chronology of the battle

Shield's Medal of Honor Citation reads:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR posthumously to
for service as set forth in the following
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with United States Navy Seabee Team 1104 at Dong Xoai, Republic of Vietnam, on 10 June 1965. Although wounded when the compound of Detachment A-342, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, came under intense fire from an estimated reinforced Viet Cong regiment employing machine gun, heavy weapons and small arms, Shields continued to resupply his fellow Americans with needed ammunition and to return the enemy fire for a period of approximately three hours, at which time the Viet Cong launched a massive attack at close range with flame throwers, hand grenades and small-arms fire. Wounded a second time during this attack, Shields nevertheless assisted in carrying a more critically wounded man to safety, and then resumed firing at the enemy for four more hours. When the Commander asked for a volunteer to accompany him in an attempt to knock out an enemy machine gun emplacement which was endangering the lives of all personnel in the compound because of the accuracy of its fire, Shields unhesitatingly volunteered for this extremely hazardous mission. Proceeding toward their objective with a 3.5-inch rocket launcher, they succeeded in destroying the enemy machine gun emplacement, thus undoubtedly saving the lives of many of their fellow servicemen in the compound. Shields was mortally wounded by hostile fire while returning to his defensive position. His heroic initiative and great personal valor in the face of intense enemy fire sustain and enhance the finest tradition of the United States Naval Service.[7]

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