Medal of Honor

 

 

PAUL, JOE C. *

 

Rank and organization: Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company H, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines (Rein), 3d Marine Division (Rein)

 

Place and date: near Chu Lai, Republic of Vietnam, 18 August 1965

 

Entered service at: Dayton, Ohio

 

Born: 23 April 1946, Williamsburg, Kentucky

 

Citation:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. In violent battle, L/Cpl. Paul's platoon sustained 5 casualties as it was temporarily pinned down, by devastating mortar, recoilless rifle, automatic weapons, and rifle fire delivered by insurgent communist (Viet Cong) forces in well entrenched positions. The wounded marines were unable to move from their perilously exposed positions forward of the remainder of their platoon, and were suddenly subjected to a barrage of white phosphorous rifle grenades. L/Cpl. Paul, fully aware that his tactics would almost certainly result in serious injury or death to himself, chose to disregard his safety and boldly dashed across the fire-swept rice paddies, placed himself between his wounded comrades and the enemy, and delivered effective suppressive fire with his automatic weapon in order to divert the attack long enough to allow the casualties to be evacuated. Although critically wounded during the course of the battle, he resolutely remained in his exposed position and continued to fire his rifle until he collapsed and was evacuated. By his fortitude and gallant spirit of self-sacrifice in the face of almost certain death, he saved the lives of several of his fellow marines. His heroic action served to inspire all who observed him and reflect the highest credit upon himself, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life in the cause of freedom.

 

 


 

--- General / Personal ---

 

Last name: PAUL

First name: JOE CALVIN

Home of Record (official): DAYTON

State (official): OH

Date of Birth: Tuesday, April 23, 1946

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Single

 

--- Military ---

 

Branch: Marine Corps

Rank: LCPL

Serial Number: 2033358

Component: Regular

Pay grade: E3

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 0311

 

--- Action ---

 

Start of Tour: Unknown/Not reported

Date of Casualty: Thursday, August 19, 1965

Age at time of loss: 19

Casualty type: (A2) Hostile, died of wounds

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Quang Tin

The Wall: Panel 02E - Row 063

 


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