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Old 06-09-2011, 07:31 AM
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Platoon honor men/women

This new forum was created for you special Marines who earned the title of platoon honor men, and women during your boot camp training.
Tell us how you took that leadership forward in life, be it combat, or after the Corps?
What did it take for you to earn the honor, and what did it mean to you?

We hope to hear from each of you.

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Old 08-31-2011, 09:17 AM
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2nd Lieutenant William Christman KIA Feb.22 1969 Navy Cross. Honor Man Platoon 3043 November 1967 Parris Island
The President of the United Statestakes pride in presenting theNAVY CROSSposthumously toWILLIAM JOHN CHRISTMAN III 2nd LieutenantUnited States Marine Corpsfor service as set forth in the followingCITATION:For extraordinary heroism while serving as a platoon commander with Company A, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, Third Marine Division, in connection with operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. Early on the afternoon of 22 February 1969, Company A was patrolling north of the Ashau Valley in Quang Tri Province when its lead element was pinned down by intense fire from a large North Vietnamese Army force, well concealed in a heavily fortified bunker complex. Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant Christman deployed his platoon to the right flank of the lead platoon and skillfully manoeuvered his men forward in a coordinated attack until halted and pinned down by the extremely heavy volume of cross fire from the North Vietnamese emplacements and numerous sniper positions in trees. He directed the fire of his machine guns and light antitank weapons against the North Vietnamese emplacements and mounted such an aggressive assault that his platoon moved through the forward enemy positions. Undaunted by the enemy rounds impacting around him, he fired his light antitank assault weapon, and fearlessly charging across the fire-swept terrain, hurled hand grenades into a hostile emplacement, killing seven North Vietnamese soldiers and silencing their machine guns. Coming under fire from an adjacent bunker, he was mortally wounded while attempting to fire his light antitank assault weapon against the emplacement. With his remaining strength, he resolutely propped himself up on one arm to direct his men in outflanking and destroying the enemy bunker. His heroic actions inspired his men to such aggressive action in a coordinated company attack that 105 North Vietnamese soldiers were killed and a large bunker complex was destroyed. By his courage, bold initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty, Second Lieutenant Christman upheld the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.

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