6/10/65 Medal Of Honor Recipient CMA3 Marvin G. Shields

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 County, 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.

On June 9, 1965, a Viet Cong force estimated at 1500-2000 strong attacked the Dong Xoai Special Forces Camp, located approximately 60 miles north of Saigon in Phuoc Long Province, RVN. The camp was occupied by eleven men of a U.S Army Special Forces team, a Vietnamese force of approximately 400 men, and nine U.S. Navy Seabees. The attack occurred shortly before midnight with mortar and 57mm recoilless-rifle fire. Some of the first mortar rounds struck the communications building, medical aid station, and the quarters where the Americans were sleeping, inflicting casualties in the first moments of the attack. Friendly aircraft arrived to drop flares followed by armed helicopters which bombed and strafed the areas north and west of the camp. The Viet Cong pressed the assault, overrunning the west berm of the north area of the camp. The defenders were scattered and suffered many casualties. American and Vietnamese aircraft arrived at daybreak, the defenders directing highly effective air strikes against the attacking enemy. Shortly after noon, rescue helicopters came in through the Viet Cong fire and successfully evacuated thirteen American survivors. The Viet Cong withdrew on the morning of June 11th, and the remaining Americans survivors were lifted out by rescue helicopters. Twenty Americans died in the battle, including three Special Forces soldiers: SSG Donald C. Dedmon, SGT Charles O. Jenkins Jr., and SFC Bobby Russell; and two Seabees: SWF2 William C. Hoover and CMA3 Marvin G. Shields. Of the surviving 15 Americans, 14 were wounded. Additionally, about 43 CIDG Montagnards and South Vietnamese troops were killed. Outside of the camp, American deaths included eight helicopter crewmen, four from the 118th Aviation Company: pilot CPT Walter L. Hall, co-pilot Donald R. Saegaert, crew chief SSG Joseph J. Compa Jr., and gunner SGT Craig L. Hagen; and four from the 82nd Aviation Battalion: pilot CWO Raymond C. Galbraith, co-pilot WO Zoltan A. Kovacs, crew chief William R. Batchelder, and gunner PFC Walter R. Gray. Five U.S. Army advisers were also killed: SP4 Ronald E. Blake, SSG Robert L. Curlee Jr., LTC Bruce G. Johnson, CPT Edward E. Krukowski, and SFC Fred M. Owens, three from helicopter crashes and two killed while attached to South Vietnamese units. More than 400 South Vietnamese soldiers died in fights in the outskirts of the camp. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, historynet.com, and the publication The Military Engineer (November-December 1965 issue)]

"The Battle Dong Xoai" Chronology of the battle


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