The Marine Corps Medal of Honor Recipients

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VINCENT R. CAPODANNO
LIEUTENANT
U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps
Chaplain Vincent Capodanno

Citation

Lieutenant Vincent R. Capodanno
U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty as Chaplain of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in connection with operations against enemy forces in the vicinity of the Quang Tin Province on 4 September 1967. In response to reports the the Second Platoon of M Company was in danger of being overrun by a massed enemy assaulting force, Lieutenant Capodanno left the relative safety of the company command post and ran through an open area raked with fire, directly to the beleaguered platoon. Disregarding the intense enemy small-arms, automatic-weapons, and mortar fire, he moved about the battlefield administering last rites to the dying and giving medical aid to the wounded. When and exploding mortar round inflicted painful multiple wounds to his arms and legs, and severed a portion of his right hand, he steadfastly refused all medical aid. Instead, he directed the corpsman to help their wounded comrades, and, with calm vigor, continued to move about the battlefield as he provided encouragement by voice and example to the valiant Marines. Upon encountering a wounded corpsman in the direct line of fire of an enemy machine gunner positioned approximately fifteen yards away, Lieutenant Capodanno rushed in a daring attempt  to aid and assist the mortally wounded corpsman. At that instant, only inches from his goal, he was struck down by a burst of machine-gun fire. By his heroic conduct on the battlefield, and his inspiring example, Lieutenant Capodanno upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

Richard M. Nixon
President of the United States

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