June 8, 2020

Four More Hours

TALES OF VALOR HALF-HISTORY: Marvin Shields | Marvin Glenn Shields was the first was the first and only Navy Seabee to be awarded the Medal of Honor and the first sailor to receive the MOH for heroism above and beyond the call of duty in the Vietnam War. 

From his citation:

"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."

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