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Vietnam War - U.S. Marine Corps Reserve

John P. Bobo

Details
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Conflict/Era: Vietnam War
  • Unit/Command:
    Company I, 3d Battalion, 9th Marines,
    3d Marine Division (Rein) FMF
  • Military Service Branch: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  • Medal of Honor Action Date: March 30, 1967
  • Medal of Honor Action Place: Quang Tri Province, Republic of Vietnam
Citation
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Company I was establishing night ambush sites when the command group was attacked by a reinforced North Vietnamese company supported by heavy automatic-weapons and mortar fire. 2d Lt. Bobo immediately organized a hasty defense and moved from position to position encouraging the outnumbered marines despite the murderous enemy fire. Recovering a rocket launcher from among the friendly casualties, he organized a new launcher team and directed its fire into the enemy machine-gun positions. When an exploding enemy mortar round severed 2d Lt. Bobo's right leg below the knee, he refused to be evacuated and insisted upon being placed in a firing position to cover the movement of the command group to a better location. With a web belt around his leg serving as a tourniquet and with his leg jammed into the dirt to contain the bleeding he remained in this position and delivered devastating fire into the ranks of the enemy attempting to overrun the marines. 2d Lt. Bobo was mortally wounded while firing his weapon into the mainpoint of the enemy attack but his valiant spirit inspired his men to heroic efforts, and his tenacious stand enabled the command group to gain a protective position where it repulsed the enemy onslaught. 2d Lt. Bobo's superb leadership, dauntless courage, and bold initiative reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
Medal of Honor Recipient John P. Bobo
Medal of Honor Recipient John P. Bobo
Additional Details
  • Accredited to: Buffalo, Erie County, New York
  • Awarded Posthumously: Yes
  • Presentation Date & Details: August 27, 1968
    Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., presented by Sec. of the Navy Paul R. Ignatius to his family
  • Born: February 14, 1943, Niagara Falls, Niagara County, NY, United States
  • Died: March 30, 1967, Republic of Vietnam
  • Buried: Gate of Heaven Cemetery (MH) (St.Mark's Sec.82-1), Lewiston, NY, United States
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