Individual Commendations awarded for
Heroism and Gallantry
exhibited in the face of a numerically
superior enemy force during the course
of the 2-7-68 ambush and counterforce
actions
SILVER STAR
CPL JOSEPH R. TISCIA JR.
Awarded 1968
CITATION
SILVER STAR
SGT RONALD R. PRATHER JR.
Awarded Posthumously 1968
CITATION
BRONZE STAR
with COMBAT V
LCPL SAMUEL D. CHELLINO
Awarded 1968
DOCUMENTATION
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the Individual's Citation
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PURPLE HEART MEDAL
20 Awarded Posthumously
Killed in Action
as a result of  the 2-7-68 Ambush
and Counterforce Actions
PURPLE HEART MEDAL
43 Awarded
Wounded in Action
as a result of  the 2-7-68 Ambush
and Counterforce Actions
Semper Fi
THE PURPLE HEART MEDAL
is awarded for
"Being wounded or killed in any action against an enemy of the United States or as a result of an act of any such enemy
or opposing armed forces"

Perhaps this medal is the very best measure of the sheer ferocity of the fights at the Bypass and in the Graveyard.  Keeping
in mind that the 2-7-68 action took place over a period of only about six hours and that fewer than 180 Marines actually
participated,  one has to stand in awe of the courage and tenacity exhibited by these ordinary Marines.  

Although their casualties were near 35 percent,  the intrepid Marines kicked back hard and made the 804th and the 818th
Battalions of the North Vietnamese Army pay a much higher price.         ............A very busy afternoon by anybody's notion.